ALTON — The ninth annual Miles for Meso 5K is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 30, in Alton — and organizers are hoping to prime final yr’s fundraising efforts of their battle to boost consciousness and funds for mesothelioma, a uncommon cancer brought on by asbestos publicity.
Established in 2009, the occasion was developed by Simmons Hanly Conroy to boost funds and consciousness for mesothelioma. Simmons, a number one nationwide regulation agency that represents mesothelioma sufferers and their households, joins forces with Metro Tri Club of Edwardsville to host and produce the occasion yearly. Since its inception, the race has raised greater than $400,000 for mesothelioma cancer analysis.
“We are excited to once again present and host this important event,” stated John Simmons, chairman and founding father of Simmons Hanly Conroy. “Our firm works daily to bring justice to those diagnosed with mesothelioma, but we always strive to do more.”
For the fourth straight yr, proceeds will profit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization — the most important unbiased asbestos victims’ group within the United States. It was based in 2004 to offer asbestos victims and anxious residents a united voice, to boost public consciousness concerning the risks of asbestos publicity, and to work towards a worldwide asbestos ban.
Last yr, the occasion raised $40,000 for the ADAO — the very best quantity ever raised by the Alton race. Organizers are aiming excessive and hope to interrupt that report this yr.
Linda Reinstein and Doug Larkin co-based ADAO in 2004 after their family members have been recognized with mesothelioma. They knew hundreds of others have been going by means of what they and their households have been experiencing and felt compelled to take motion. Linda’s husband, Alan, was recognized with pleural mesothelioma a yr earlier. After virtually three years of battling mesothelioma and present process quite a few radical surgical procedures and chemotherapy, Alan handed away in May 2006. Since then, Linda has continued preventing on behalf of Mesothelioma Warriors, survivors and their households, not afraid to take the struggle on to lawmakers.
“Our fight to ban asbestos has never been tougher or more important,” Reinstein stated. “Each year, 15,000 Americans die from preventable asbestos-caused diseases. We will be sharing educational material (at the race) on how to identify asbestos and manage the health risk, providing updates about our progress toward federal action to ban asbestos, and sharing details about ADAO’s 14th annual conference in Washington, D.C.”
This yr’s occasion will start at 9 a.m. at Simmons Hanly Conroy, 1 Court St. in Alton — throughout from Marquette Catholic High School. Participants can register till Aug. 31 for $25, till Sept. 19 for $30, and from Sept. 20 via race day for $35. Registration charges will embrace an extended-sleeve, moisture-wicking shirt.
People who’re unable to make it to the occasion are nonetheless welcome to take part by way of a digital race for $30. They may even obtain a shirt in the event that they register earlier than Sept. four. Virtual-race individuals are requested to type a workforce and take part on race day by operating or strolling wherever they’re whereas sporting their Miles for Meso shirt. They’re inspired to add a photograph of their workforce to Facebook or Twitter utilizing the hashtag #MilesforMeso.
To register for the each the Alton race and the digital race, go to milesformeso.org/register. Those registering on-website the day of the occasion will must be there by 7:30 a.m.
Anyone who participates on this yr’s occasion has the chance to put on a race bib devoted to the reminiscence of a Meso Warrior. If anybody want to submit the identify of a liked one for use on a bib, they’re requested to submit these names by Sept. four. Shirts could also be bought individually for $25 with out participation within the race, however they have to be picked up at Simmons Hanly Conroy.
The prime 5 general women and men 5K race finishers will every win trophies and money prizes of $500, $250, $200, $100 and $50, respectively. Additionally, the first-, second- and third-place finishers in every age group will obtain customized Miles for Meso medals, and the highest fundraising staff and particular person will probably be acknowledged as properly. Age teams might be discovered on the registration web page.
Other deliberate actions and points of interest embrace a youngsters’s recreation zone and a vendor truthful that includes native companies and charities.
Corporate sponsorships are additionally out there by means of Sept. 1. Last yr, the occasion was generously sponsored by Platinum-level sponsors The Bridge Church, Acropolis Technology Group, and Stratos Legal. To study extra about turning into a company sponsor, go to: milesformesothelioma.org/sponsors/.
About Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC
Simmons Hanly Conroy is among the nation’s largest mass tort regulation companies. Primary areas of litigation embrace asbestos and mesothelioma, pharmaceutical, shopper safety, environmental and private damage. The agency’s attorneys have been appointed to management in quite a few nationwide multidistrict litigations, together with Vioxx, Toyota Unintended Acceleration, BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, DePuy Pinnacle and the Volkswagen Emission Scandal. The agency additionally represents small and mid-measurement firms, inventors and entrepreneurs in issues involving enterprise litigation. Offices are situated in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Alton. Read extra at simmonsfirm.com.