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Miles for Meso Team Georgie Porgie's Meso Patrol Continues the Fight

Miles for mesothelioma dreith story

George Dreith III stood victorious on last year’s stage at the Alton Miles for Meso race. He and his team, the Georgie Porgie Meso Patrol, had won the “Top Fundraising Team” Award.

It was the first year race participants were able to form a team and fundraise leading up to the race. Georgie Porgie’s Meso Patrol and 17 other teams, plus several individual fundraisers, helped raise an additional $5,000 for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, for a grand total of nearly $30,000 raised.

Top Mesothelioma Fundraising Team

George Dreith III and Sue Tanney, a Simmons Hanly Conroy employee and personal friend of the Dreith Family, accept the 2014 “Top Fundraising Team” Award. Tanney serves at the team captain of the Georgie Porgie Meso Patrol, which is raising funds and awareness in George’s memory for the 2015 race.

“George was overwhelmed by the amount of support that he received,” said his wife Chris about last year’s race.

George shared his story, his fight against mesothelioma that day on the stage while his 65-member team and hundreds of other participants listened. He was born in Wood River, Ill., and grew up in Alton, Ill., in the 1950s and ’60s as a member of a blue collar family.… Read the rest


Early Registration for Alton Miles for Meso Ends Aug. 31

MFM 2014 5KRunners

Early registration for the Alton Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk will end in a week. Anyone who wants to take advantage of the early bird rate of $25 should register by next Monday, Aug. 31. After that date, the price increases to $30 through Sept. 22. After Sept. 22, registration will be $35.

The race will take place at the law office of Simmons Hanly Conroy at One Court Street on Saturday, Sept. 26. Registration the day of the race will be available onsite starting at 7:30 a.m. The race will start at 9 a.m. All proceeds will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. MFM 2014 Check Photo

Participants will receive a long-sleeve, moisture-wicking T-shirt and a bag filled with goodies from sponsors.

You don’t have to be a runner to participate in the events. Miles for Meso includes activities for people of all ages. Children will enjoy the Kid’s Zone, which will have face and hair painting, pumpkin painting, an inflatable bounce house, snow cones, various games and more.

Local vendors will be in attendance at the Vendor Fair, which will open at 7:30 a.m. and continue throughout the day’s events. Vendors will include local businesses and organizations.

Free food and beverages will be available throughout the morning for adults and children in attendance.… Read the rest


Commemorating the Brave


Registering for the Alton Miles for Meso 5K is a great way to show support for loved ones who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma. But not everyone can travel to be at the Alton race on Sept. 26.

This year the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team will once again accept submissions of the names of mesothelioma survivors or victims. The purpose of this team is to honor or remember those who have fought hard against the disease. Names will be featured on commemorative race bibs and will be worn by runners in attendance at the upcoming Alton Miles for Meso race on Sept. 26 in Alton, IL.

ADAO18 - MMsThis week’s Miles for Meso Spotlight tells the story of Mike Mattmuller, a Simmons Hanly Conroy client in Maryland, who was a member of last year’s ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team.

Mike was diagnosed in 2011 with mesothelioma at age 29. Considering his young age, he and his wife Jessica were shocked by the diagnosis. Mike underwent an extrapleural pneumonectomy, a surgical procedure involving the removal of his left lung and the lining of the lung. He also underwent several chemotherapy treatments. Since 2012, he has remained cancer free.

“Once we got past the denial and all the anger, we knew we had to do something,” Jessica said when describing her husband’s journey with ADAO.… Read the rest


Upcoming Mesothelioma Events You Don't Want to Miss

Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which takes place on September 26, was started in 2004 to bring attention to mesothelioma, the rare cancer linked with asbestos exposure. Accordingly, organizations that are dedicated to researching, treating, and curing mesothelioma are organizing a host of events to honor this important day.

Miles for meso logoIn addition, there are some more in-depth conferences and varied events that will take place throughout the next year with the goal to increase mesothelioma awareness and fund mesothelioma treatment research.

Please read below for more details about upcoming mesothelioma events you don’t want to miss. Click on the links to learn more about each individual event.

  1. 5th Annual Kayaking 4 Meso event – Sept. 12, 2015
    This eight mile kayak trip down the Hudson River begins in Stillwater and ends in Halfmoon, N.Y. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and there is a celebration at Halfmoon Lighthouse Park from 1:00-4:00 afterwards. This event is dedicated to increasing awareness and donating to find better a mesothelioma treatment and cure.
  2. 6th Annual RODs Benefit, Color Out Meso 5k – Sept. 19, 2015
    This benefit was inspired by founder Missy Bowles’ father, who died from mesothelioma in 2008. It will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2015 in Eleanor, West Virginia.
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Celebrating Meso Heroes Across the Miles


People come from all over to attend the Alton Miles for Meso race to show Ryan Kiwala with David Dsupport for their loved ones.

David Dioguardi and his family made the trip from Chicago to Alton for last year’s race, where his attorney Ryan Kiwala ran in his honor.

When David was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011, he was told that he had four months to live.

“We were shocked and devastated,” David’s daughters wrote in their Share Your Story on ADAO’s website. “We began planning how we would be spending our last few months with him.”

David’s doctors referred him to the University of Chicago Medicine’s Mesothelioma Program. It was there he learned about additional treatment options. David had a radical pleurectomy, a procedure that removed about 90 percent of the tumors from the lining of his lung, and afterward went through chemotherapy.

Four years later, David is still fighting.

Inspired by their dad’s heroic fight against cancer, the Dioguardi family started a charity called the Mesothelioma Heroes Foundation that works to raise awareness about asbestos and fund research for a cure. The family’s “I Know a Superhero Event,” a family fun festival and softball tournament, will take place Aug. 22 in the Mt.… Read the rest

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