On February 13, hundreds of runners gathered in Boca Raton, Florida to support the fight to ban asbestos and find a cure for mesothelioma at the 2011 South Florida Miles for Meso. The event, sponsored by Sokolove Law and organized by renowned mesothelioma activist Larry Davis, raised awareness and more than $30,000 of funding for treatment research.
The video above is not only a great recap of the event, but a reminder of the importance of raising mesothelioma awareness and educating the public about the dangers of asbestos exposure. Dr. Richard Alexander, a mesothelioma clinical researcher at the University of Maryland Medical Center, participated in the Miles for Meso event and emphasized that these benefit events do make a difference in the larger fight to beat asbestos cancers and related diseases. The gap is wide between the federal funding allocated for mesothelioma research and what is actually needed, and many institutions are heavily dependent on other sources of funds, such as those provided by philanthropic organizations like the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (MARF). Additionally, many people are unaware that the United States has not banned asbestos and that health hazards associated with the “silent killer” still exist.
On behalf of Larry Davis, MARF and Sokolove Law, the Ban Asbestos Now team would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to everyone who participated in the event and helped in the shared fight against mesothelioma. Together, we can ban asbestos and find a cure for this devastating disease.