Posted on October 29, 2020
Thanks to the dedication of many, the 12th Annual Alton Miles for Meso Virtual Race was a roaring success and raised over $25,000 for ADAO’s asbestos awareness, education, and community initiatives. All this could not have been possible without the support of more than 1,000 virtual racers, spectators, supporters, and volunteers –– along with many supporters from around the world –– who joined together for this tremendous weekend event.
Although this year’s race was different than the previous years due to COVID-19, we were ecstatic to see the turn out and support! The virtual event lasted 7 days, with an outpouring of support and community advocacy. This year, nearly 150 tribute bibs were shared, and worn, in honor or in loving memory of Mesothelioma Warriors from around the world.
While promising research continues, prevention remains the only cure. Our aim is to raise awareness to prevent asbestos exposure to eliminate all asbestos-caused diseases such as mesothelioma.
ADAO would like to extend special gratitude to the list of event coordinators and supporters below:
- The Mesothelioma Warriors Tribute Bib honorees and runners who shared this experience
- All the Virtual and Race Day runners or donors who pledged dollars, time, and support to ADAO and asbestos victims everywhere
- And last but far from least, the SHC Foundation for selecting ADAO as the race’s beneficiary to help us continue our education, advocacy, and community support efforts, with special thanks to SHC Chairman John Simmons and the Alton Miles for Meso event committee.
From the bottom of my heart, thanks again to Simmons Hanly Conroy, all the volunteers and sponsors, and our entire ADAO community for making Miles for Meso a huge success once again. We are fiercely reminded that it is much more than a race; it is part of a larger movement for truth and justice. Likewise, Mesothelioma Awareness Day is much more than a date on a calendar; it is part of ADAO’s daily mission to prevent asbestos exposure and eliminate mesothelioma as well as other deadly asbestos-caused diseases.