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Housekeeping Items for the Alton Miles for Meso Race

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.

For those participating in this year’s Virtual Race who asked for their shirts to be mailed, they have been shipped and should be delivered on Friday, Sept. 25. Participants are encouraged to wear their shirt on race day in support of mesothelioma awareness. Don’t forget to snap a photo of you in your shirt and share it with the hashtags #milesformeso and #ENDmeso and tag the Miles for Meso Facebook page!


Parking on race day is available in several lots located north of the firm building at the corner of Easton & Court streets, along Alby Street between E. 3rd and E. 5th streets, and at Alton City Hall, 101 E. 3rd Street. Additional angled public parking is available along Market & E. 4th streets. Click here to view a parking map.

Schedule of Events

Festivities at the Alton race begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K Race/2K Walk will begin at 9 a.m. We recommend everyone be there between 8:15-8:30 a.m. Here’s the full schedule of events:

  • 7:30 AM – Race Day Registration Opens!
  • 7:30 AM – Vendor Fair, Dog Adoption & Kids’ Activities Start!
  • 8:30 AM – Pre-Race Ceremony (Cheerleader routine, ADAO special speaker, National Anthem)
  • 9:00 AM – Start of 5K Run & 2K Fun Run/Walk
  • 10:00 AM – Jordan Zevon, Special Musical Performance
  • 10:15 AM – Awards Ceremony
  • 11:00 AM – Vendor Fair, Adoption & Kids’ Activities Close.

Safety on the Course

Alton’s brick streets, rolling hills and scenic Mississippi River view make the Miles for Meso course popular with both runners and walkers. (Take a video tour of the course!) Due to some overlap of the 5K Run and the 2K Walk courses, some areas have 2-way traffic. Be cautious of on-coming traffic in these areas. Course Marshals and signs will be placed along the course to help direct traffic, but please still take extra precaution along the 2-way runner traffic areas.

The Alton Police Department will direct traffic and close some streets along the course. The 5K route will be marked in ORANGE, including arrows spray painted on the ground and coordinating signs along the course. The 2K course will be marked with BLUE arrows and coordinating blue signs. If your race bib is blue, follow the blue arrows. If your race bib is orange, follow the orange arrows.

As another safety precaution, please leave your pets & headphones at home. They are NOT allowed. In addition, please limit stroller use on the course. If you plan to walk with a stroller or use a wheel chair, please be courteous and use the sidewalks for the safety of you and others.

Award Ceremony + Jordan Zevon Performance

The Age Group 5K and 2K walk will begin at 9 a.m. The awards ceremony will begin at roughly 10:15 a.m., after a performance by ADAO spokesperson Jordan Zevon, the son of Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Warren Zevon.

Mesothelioma Warrior Community Dinner

The race’s charity, the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization, is hosting a community dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Sept. 25 at Gentelin’s on Broadway.

All registered racers who are mesothelioma patients, family members, or who have lost a loved one from mesothelioma are welcome to attend the dinner. Please R.S.V.P by Thursday at 5:00 PM CT via the online “Miles for Meso” Warrior Community Dinner form: http://bit.ly/1KsXgSJ.

Click here to see how ADAO has been gearing up for the Alton race.

Thank You for your Support!

Thank you, once again, for your participation in this year’s Alton Miles for Meso race. Last year, we raised approximately $30,000 for mesothelioma research and support. With your help, we’re hoping to once again make a difference in the fight against mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

If you have any additional questions or concerns before Saturday, send an e-mail to info@milesformeso.org or call our toll free number 1-877-304-MESO (6376).

See you on race day!

Mike Wever
Race Director

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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. ports. (EWG Action Fund)
  • In 2013, imported raw asbestos was valued at $1.16 million. That same year, products containing asbestos were evaluated at $4.94 million. (EWG Action Fund)
  • Since 2010, asbestos interests gave $3.3 million to House members who voted to concede compensation for victims. (EWG Action Fund)
  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health’s “Work-Related Lung Disease Surveillance Report” for 2007, the latest year available, noted that elementary school teachers are “more than twice as likely to die from asbestos exposure than Americans as a whole.” (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
  • Because many people exposed long ago have yet to develop symptoms and an unknown number are being newly exposed, the death asbestos toll will continue to climb and could eventually reach half a million over the next 30 years. (Center for Public Integrity)
  • There are 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma diagnosed each year. (American Cancer Society)
  • Mesothelioma diagnoses have continually increased from the 1970s to the early 1990s, but since then the rate has stabilized and even gone down slightly. In many other countries, the rate of mesothelioma is still increasing. (American Cancer Society)
  • The rate of mesothelioma is lower in women. (American Cancer Society)
  • A mesothelioma diagnosis is much more common in older people than younger people. The average age at the time of diagnosis for pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma in the chest) is 69 years old. (American Cancer Society)
  • Based on data from the National Cancer Institute’s SEER program, the relative 5-year survival rate for mesothelioma is between 5% and 10%. If a person is diagnosed at a younger age, they tend to have a higher likelihood of surviving longer. (American Cancer Society)
  • Between 1999 and 2010, more than 31,000 people in the U.S. died from mesothelioma. During that same time frame, the number of people who died each year in the U.S. from mesothelioma as an underlying or contributing cause increased by 10 percent. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • Mortality rates among people diagnosed with mesothelioma are expected to increase by 5 to 10 percent per year in most industrialized countries until the year 2020. (NCBI)

Mesothelioma is a devastating disease that impacts thousands of people every year. The above 2015 mesothelioma and asbestos exposure statistics provided by these credible sources emphasize exactly that. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, learn more about filing a mesothelioma lawsuit with help from Simmons Hanly Conroy today.

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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. His dad worked as an aviation mechanic, and his mom worked at an Alton dry cleaners.

In April 2014, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos, decades ago. Companies that manufactured asbestos-containing products knew about the dangers of asbestos. Instead of sharing their knowledge, they remained silent. Putting profits over people.

Despite the unfairness surrounding the circumstances of his diagnosis, George stayed positive and vowed to enjoy each remaining day of his life, Chris said.

“George relished the everyday moments in life that year: playing numerous rounds of golf with his son Tyler, laying on the couch watching his favorite TV shows, sitting on the screened in back porch of his home, and visiting with friends and family,” she said.

In the November after his diagnosis, he became a “Paw Paw” for the first time to Miles George. A year after his diagnosis, he proudly walked his daughter Alison down the aisle.

Sadly, George lost his battle with mesothelioma on June 12 of this year. He and Chris would have celebrated their 37th wedding anniversary in July. His friends and family remember him for his friendly nature, positive attitude and constant smile. He is sorely missed.

During his illness, George kept a journal in which he put forth this request to his family and friends:

“I ask you all to do two things for me. First, each morning look to the heavens and thank God for another great day on this Earth, and enjoy it with your loved ones and friends. Second, please pass forward the love you have shown me to others. You can’t believe how much it means. Thanks for being my friend.”

His inspiring fight against the cancer will be remembered through this year’s Alton Miles for Meso race on Sept. 26, which is also National Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Georgie Porgie’s Meso Patrol is proud to participate in another Miles for Meso run this year to raise more money to battle this devastating disease and to honor their friend George H. Dreith III.

You can join their fight by donating to them or any of the other teams.

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Asbestos Occupation Spotlight: Steelworkers

Here at Simmons Hanly Conroy, we have helped over 1,000 steelworkers file mesothelioma lawsuits who were exposed to asbestos while working in steel mills around the country.

Even without the dangers of asbestos exposure, working in a steel mill is fraught with dangers between the molten hot steel and intense heat from various equipment like coke ovens and hot tops. Sadly, one of the ways many steelworkers were exposed to asbestos was through the very clothes that were supposed to protect them from the heat.

Steelworkers wore special heat-resistant clothing. That protective gear was often made from asbestos cloth because of asbestos’s natural heat shielding abilities.

Steelworkers could have also been exposed to asbestos in other ways, through the stoves and furnaces used to heat the metal, boiler equipment, and other building materials used to construct the mills.


Steel manufacture, Allegheny-Ludlum. Ladling it out!  These workers are casting ingots from the ladle into which a thirty-five ton electric furnace has just poured its molten steel. The "hot tops" allow for shrinkage of the steel in the ingot bodies. Image Source

“Steel manufacture, Allegheny-Ludlum. Ladling it out! These workers are casting ingots from the ladle into which a thirty-five ton electric furnace has just poured its molten steel. The ‘hot tops’ allow for shrinkage of the steel in the ingot bodies.” Image Source


















Some of the asbestos products used in steel mills include:

  • Boilers
  • Turbines
  • Hot Tops
  • Brakes
  • Gloves and other Clothing
  • Refractories
  • Pipe Covering
  • Gaskets
  • Packing
  • Mud
  • Coke Ovens
  • Masks
  • Pumps
  • Asbestos Cement Board
  • Asbestos Cement Pipe

The asbestos companies who made their asbestos-containing products were often aware of the dangers, but failed to warn their employees working in the steel mills and their families of the dangers of exposure the deadly toxin. As a result, decades later, steelworkers are now being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma.

Read more about the occupations that pose the biggest risks for asbestos exposure in the workplace. 

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Tips for Protecting Your Family from Take Home Asbestos Exposure

Some people may not realize that you don’t have to work in an occupation with asbestos products to be exposed to it. You could be at risk for “take home” asbestos exposure. This is when asbestos dust gets on a worker’s clothes and/or skin. [Click to Tweet] When they leave to go home, so does the dust, which exposes their spouses, children and other immediate family members. In some cases, children have developed mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases later on in life because they hugged their parents.

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Several of our clients were exposed to asbestos because they shook the dust off their husband’s work clothes before putting them in the washing machine, or hugged their dad when he came home from work.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family from take home exposure, especially if you are the one working in an occupation that may come into contact with asbestos (construction, machining, firefighting, automotive services, etc.) Below are tips for reducing asbestos contamination at home from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  1. Use proper safety precautions to reduce exposure. Always wear protective gear and do not bring the protective gear home with you.
  2. If you think you might have been exposed, change your clothes before leaving work, and always leave your soiled clothes at work.
  3. Keep your everyday, non-work clothes away from your work clothes.
  4. If you can, shower before leaving work to wash any contamination from your skin.
  5. Do not take tools, scraps, materials, packaging or other items home with you if they have been near asbestos.
  6. Wash your work clothes separate from your everyday clothes. Never mix the two.
  7. Don’t let your family members visit you at work if there may be asbestos.

Preventing take home asbestos exposure is always best. Decontamination may not always be effective, and any amount of asbestos exposure can be dangerous. [Click to Tweet] Additionally, decontamination can disturb the asbestos fibers, disperse them into the air and be inhaled, where they can become lodged in the lungs and cause mesothelioma.

Follow the tips above the prevent take home asbestos exposure in your home. To learn more about mesothelioma and asbestos exposure, click here.

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