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Posted on September 24, 2018

Miles for Meso Race United Mesothelioma Warriors in Person and Virtually from Across the Globe, Raising $30,000 for ADAO’s Education, Advocacy, and Community Support Efforts!

Here at the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), we are astounded at the passionate outpouring of community and advocacy seen during this Mesothelioma Awareness Month, September 2018. From our 13th Congressional Staff Briefing, meetings with Senate and House offices to discuss TSCA and an asbestos ban, to Miles for Meso 2018 — this month has been the best kind of busy!

Thanks to your dedication and support, more than 1,000 racers, spectators, supporters, and volunteers (along with virtual support from across the globe) gathered together at the 10th Annual Miles for Meso and raised over $30,000 to support ADAO’s asbestos awareness, education, and community support campaigns. These donations not only help us to spread lifesaving information with the public, they also support our work for a ban in DC.

As always, a powerful highlight of the weekend was the Mesothelioma Warriors Virtual Team, in which runners and walkers at the Alton event dedicate their race in honor or loving memory to a Warrior by wearing a personalized tribute bib. This year, we made more than 100 tribute bibs honoring Warriors from six countries: Australia, Canada, France, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

In addition to the Friday Warrior dinner and Saturday race, we had an action table supporting the ADAO petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to Ban Asbestos in the US Now, Without Loopholes or Exceptions.

ADAO would like to extend special gratitude to the list of event coordinators and supporters below:

  • The 13 teams who fundraised leading up to the race and raised such an incredible donation for ADAO
  • The ADAO Mesothelioma Warriors Tribute Bib honorees and runners who shared this experience through dedications
  • All the Virtual and Race Day runners or donors who pledged their dollars, time, and support to ADAO and asbestos victims everywhere
  • The Mesothelioma Warrior Team Captains: Mike, Jessica, Courtney, Annamarie, Marilyn, Julie, Jennifer, Heather, and Ann!
  • And last but far from least, Simmons Mesothelioma Foundation for selecting ADAO as the Miles for Meso beneficiary to help us continue our education, advocacy, and community support efforts, with special thanks to Todd, Sarah, Alli, Ashley, and Amy.

Here are just a few of the numerous Miles for Meso messages I received from our Warrior community.

“I am grateful for MFM organizer, Simmons Hanly Conroy which has supported ADAO and its mission for several years. I participate in MFM because asbestos-caused mesothelioma killed my husband, the father of my young children. My kids and I are so proud to see Joe’s name on a runner’s bib – it keeps his memory alive and reminds others that asbestos can kill anyone.” Marilyn Amento, Virtual Runner and East Coast Regional Co-Director

“Having Miles for Meso dedicated to ADAO shows the commitment from Simmons Hanly Conroy to educate the public on the devastation of asbestos and all that is being done to ban it in the US. The support from firms like Simmons ensures that the valuable work that ADAO is doing, not only in Washington, but in communities throughout the US will continue and that a ban will happen.”  Heather Von St. James, Racer and Mid-West Regional Co-Director

Be sure to check out the Miles for Meso #ENDMeso Virtual Race (2018) photo album to see and share wonderful event and virtual race photos, from participants in Alton and around the globe!

If you missed Miles for Meso this year, don’t worry! It’s never too late to donate. And be sure to follow ADAO and Miles for Meso on social media so that you’re always in the know about upcoming events.

From the bottom of my heart, thanks again to the Simmons firm, volunteers, and our entire ADAO community for making Miles for Meso a roaring success once again. We are fiercely reminded that it is much more than a race; it is part of a social movement for truth and justice. Likewise, Mesothelioma Awareness Day is much more than a date on a calendar; it is ADAO’s daily mantra to end the heartbreaking effects of mesothelioma and asbestos.

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