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

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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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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.

Attendees will also be able to enjoy a mini-concert performed by Jordan Zevon, National Spokesperson for ADAO. Jordan is the son of Grammy Award winning rock singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, who passed away from mesothelioma in 2003. Jordan followed in his father’s footsteps and will perform a mix of original songs and favorites by his father

Don’t miss out on this year’s fun event and register now!

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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.

Last year, Mike signed up for the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team, which is free. His commemorative bib was worn by his attorney, Simmons Hanly Conroy shareholder Taylor Kerns and his investigator. Mike wasn’t the only one in his family to join in on virtual team festivities. His wife Jessica is a volunteer for ADAO and designed the graphics for ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team.

If you can’t attend the Alton race on Sept. 26, you can still get involved and show your support for people impacted by mesothelioma like Mike in one of two ways.

First, you can submit a name of someone who was diagnosed with mesothelioma to the ADAO Mesothelioma Warrior Virtual Team. That person will receive a commemorative race bib with their name. A runner of the Alton race will also wear their bib on race day.

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Second, you can also register for the virtual race. It costs $25 and, for your support, you will receive a Miles for Meso race shirt to wear on Sept. 26. Then, just take a picture of yourself on race day and share it with the hashtag #milesformeso to help spread awareness in honor of National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.

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All registration proceeds from the Alton race, including the virtual race, will benefit ADAO.

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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. Contact the event organizer, Missy Bowles, at 304-395-0636 for more information.
  3. Bruce A. Waite 5k Miles for Meso in Ontario, OH – Sept. 20, 2015
    Bruce A. Waite, a teacher at Mansfield Senior from 1959 – 1989, and avid runner for over 30 years, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2002 and died in 2003. The race will take place at Ontario High School and will begin at 2:00 p.m. Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.
  4. Mesothelioma Regional Conference in New York City – Sept. 26, 2015
    The 2015 New York Regional Conference on Malignant Mesothelioma is a one-day event featuring speakers covering a variety of topics related to mesothelioma. The conference is great for patients and family members, medical professionals, and researchers. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes breakfast and lunch. The event begins at 9:30 a.m.
  5. The Mesothelioma Miracle 5k – Sept. 26, 2015
    This 5K will be held on Saturday, September 26 (Mesothelioma Awareness Day) in Asheville, North Carolina from 6am to 12pm. Contact Ginger Horton at 828.713.0513 for further information.
  6. Miles for Meso Remembrance 5K in memory of Robert G. Aikman – Sept. 26, 2015
    Organized in memory of Robert G. Aikman, this year’s race is meant to honor and remember those who have been affected by mesothelioma. All proceeds from this event will go to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Contact the event organizer, Nicole Turner, for more information at 210-324-4449.
  7. 7th Annual Alton Miles for Meso 5k – Sept. 26, 2015
    The Miles for Meso 5k run also includes a 2k walk/fun run for participants of varying athletic ability. This race is one of Miles for Meso’s many events to raise support for mesothelioma victims. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization. Runners will receive a Miles for Meso T-shirt and the top 5 male and female runners can win cash prizes up to $500. The race has raised $125,000 for mesothelioma research and support organizations since it began in 2009.
  8. 40th Marine Corps Marathon – Oct. 25, 2015
    To raise funds and awareness for mesothelioma, Karen Kalber will be running the 40th Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 25. Contact Karen for more information at kalber_karen@bah.com.
  9. 2nd Annual Bishopville Record Hop Revisited: Music for Meso – Nov. 14, 2015
    The Bishopville Record Hop features an ‘oldies music’ themed event to raise money for mesothelioma treatment. Aside from the musical main event, there will be a silent auction for which they are accepting donations of prizes and food. This event will be held at 6pm on Saturday, November 14 at the Bishopville Firehouse in Bishopville, Maryland. Contact Sheila Brittingham at ocskincare@yahoo.com for more information.
  10. 12th Annual George R. Brazee Christmas Breakfast and Bazaar for Mesothelioma – Nov. 28, 2015
    This event will be held on Saturday, November 28 from 9am to 1pm at Tewksbury United Methodist Church in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Contact Joyce Mancini at joycemnp@comcast.net for more information.

Every person can make a difference when it comes to mesothelioma research and fundraising. Please join the effort to find a cure for this devastating disease by participating in one of the activities above. Learn more about how our mesothelioma lawyers give back to the mesothelioma community beyond the courtroom. >

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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. Greenwood neighborhood of southwest Chicago.

“It’s especially inspiring to see a client who takes his personal experience with mesothelioma and turns it into something so positive, like Dave has done with Mesothelioma Heroes,” said Ryan Kiwala, the Simmons Hanly Conroy attorney who worked on David’s mesothelioma lawsuit.

Attending fundraising events like Miles for Meso and the I Know a Superhero Event are a great way to show support for those impacted by mesothelioma. Join others like the Dioguardi family and register now.

ADAO17 - dugardifamilyClick here to register for the Alton Miles for Meso race >>>

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