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Miles for Meso

Thank you for being a part of the Miles for Meso community and the 7th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5K Run & 2K Fun Run/Walk. Here is everything you need to know about attending the race this Saturday. Online registration is still available through today, Tuesday, Sept. 22. In order to pick up your T-shirt and race bag during early packet pickup at Simmons Hanly Conroy, please register by then. Otherwise, registration is available the morning of the race.

Early Packet Pick Up + Registration

If you are already registered for the race, early packet pickup is available for both runners & walkers from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at the Simmons Hanly Conroy building in Alton at 1 Court Street, across from Marquette High School.

Online registration is still open through Tuesday at midnight. Click here to register. Otherwise, you may register the morning of the race.

On race day, registration, check-in and packet pickup lasts from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the Registration Tent located in Simmons Hanly Conroy’s main parking lot. Included in your race packet is a light blue, long-sleeved Miles for Meso T-shirt, your race number, and a race bag filled with sponsor goodies.… Read the rest


Mesothelioma Can Happen to Anyone


John Simmons first met Iva “Ivy” Lewis when he was in high school. He was dating her granddaughter, Jayne. Both sets of John’s grandparents had passed away before he was born, so it was only natural for him to unofficially claim Grandma Ivy as his own grandparent. The claim became official when the high school sweethearts were married in the 1980s.

“When I first visited her home, she insisted I call her Grandma Ivy and that’s just how it was,” John said. “You don’t argue with grandma.”

Decades later, in 2012, during a standard checkup, doctors at Christian Northeast Hospital discovered a spot on her lung. At first, the family had no idea it could be cancer.

“The thought it was mesothelioma just never crossed our minds. The diagnosis was a surprise,” John said and added he remembered his sister-in-law calling and asking him to send her a mesothelioma info packet.

“You never think it’s going to happen to your family until it does,” he said.

Iva Lewis - Simmons

Grandma Ivy experienced second-hand exposure to asbestos over thirty years prior. Her husband, Norman, worked at Shell Oil in Wood River, Ill., as a laborer and insulator from 1952 until his retirement in 1982. He worked with and around asbestos on a daily basis and unknowingly carried asbestos dust home on his work clothes.… Read the rest


2015 Mesothelioma and Asbestos Exposure Statistics

New analyses concerning asbestos exposure and mesothelioma are conducted on a regular basis, and the results are not always the same. The recent release of the analysis by the EWG Action Fund, which found that more Americans die from asbestos exposure every year than previously thought, is proof of this.

To stay up-to-date on the most recent and accurate mesothelioma and asbestos exposure statistics, let’s review them below.

  • Asbestos exposure was the direct cause of 12,000 to 15,000 American deaths every year for a fourteen-year period. That’s anywhere from 2,000 to 5,000 more deaths than previous estimates. (EWG Action Fund)
  • In all, from 1999 to 2013 an estimated 127,579 to 159,480 Americans died from asbestos exposure. (EWG Action Fund)
  • 50 years after medical research found that asbestos exposure can lead to death, the government still can’t give a definitive number of how many Americans die from asbestos exposure every year. (EWG Action Fund)
  • 2015 mesothelioma and asbestos exposure statisticsThe cause of death in 40 to 50 percent of asbestosis victims is asbestosis; in others it is recorded as a contributing (EWG Action Fund)
  • Since 2006, at least 8 million pounds of raw asbestos and asbestos-containing materials have arrived in U.S.
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Running for Those who Can’t


The Alton Miles for Meso 5K course has earned a reputation among the St. Louis running community as being among the more difficult road courses in the area because of its brick streets and steep hills. Of all the hills on the course, the final sloping climb to the finish line is the most grueling.

For years, mesothelioma patient Forrest Wulfstood at the bottom of that hill, along with his attorney Brent Copple, cheering runners on as they rounded the corner of 4th and Henry streets and began the uphill dash to the finish line.












“It was important to Forrest to volunteer as a course marshal and cheer everyone on,” Brent said. “He wanted them to know he appreciated them raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos by running in the race, when he couldn’t.”

Forrest, an Alton resident, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008. He developed chest pain and shortness of breath and went to the doctor. They discovered he had two inches of fluid in his lungs. A needle biopsy revealed he had cancer.

For the next seven years, Forrest not only fought in the doctor’s office – going through more than 70 rounds of chemotherapy – but he also spoke out on behalf of asbestos victims.… Read the rest


Fighting Mesothelioma Nationwide


The Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk is not just located in Alton, Ill. Past races have been held in six other states. Attending one of these races is a great way to show support for those affected by mesothelioma. This month three Miles for Meso races will take place in Illinois, Ohio and Texas in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day, on Sept. 26.

The Bruce. A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K in Ontario, Ohio will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20.


Bruce A. Waite

Bruce A. Waite was a father, a husband, an educator and a runner. He ran every day for 33 years, never missing a chance to do what he loved, even when weather or injury tried to keep him from his passion.

As an educator, Bruce instilled a passion for learning in his students. He never forgot a face, even after teaching countless students for thirty years. Bruce always put his students first, and that is something that showed when they went on, against all odds, to pursue a higher education.

Bruce’s passion for running was something to be admired. In his lifetime, he had managed to log over 76,000 miles in different states. Nothing could stop him from running.… Read the rest

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