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Miles for Meso Race to Take Place September 27, 2014


Mark your calendars for the Miles for Meso 5K Race & 2K Fun Run/Walk. Early registration is now open for the race taking place in Alton, Ill.

MFM_runners_2013This year’s race will begin at 9 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, at the Simmons Hanly Conroy Alton office at One Court Street. The event is presented by the firm and coordinated by the Metro TriClub. All proceeds will benefit the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization.

Last year, the Alton Miles for Meso race raised $25,000, which was donated to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (see image.) Miles for Meso races have been held in Illinois, Virginia, Washington, Ohio, New York, Indiana and Florida. Not only is the race a worthy cause for mesothelioma awareness and research, it’s also a fun, active, educational event for people of all ages and athletic abilities.

The Alton race is considered the flagship event for Miles for Meso. Since 2009, the Alton race has raised more than $125,000 for mesothelioma research. Combined, all Miles for Meso races have raised nearly $400,000 for mesothelioma research.

Miles for Meso races not only raise essential funds for mesothelioma research, they also promote awareness of the deadly cancer. Mesothelioma is one of the lowest-funded cancers by the National Cancer Institute, yet more than 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with it every year. Raising funds and awareness for mesothelioma through events like Miles for Meso aid in the efforts to find a cure for this terminal disease.

Miles for Meso 2014 Early Registration is Now Open

Early registration costs $25 through August 31. Regular registration runs Sept. 1-19 and is $30. From Sept. 20 through race day, it will cost $35. Early registration opens at 7:30 a.m. on race day.

Everyone who registers for the 2014 Miles for Meso race will receive a long-sleeved, moisture-wicking t-shirt. However, sizes can only be guaranteed for those who register early.

Learn more about Miles for Meso including how to register, race times and other information now.

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Attend the 5th Annual Butterfly Release Benefiting Simmons Cancer Institute


If you live in central or southern Illinois and have been affected by a serious health issue (or know someone who has), consider attending the 5th Annual Butterfly Release at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 22.

The event, which benefits the Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, will take place in the Thomas Garden of Hope, Simmons Cancer Institute, 315 W. Carpenter Street, Springfield, IL.

The purpose of the event is to celebrate, encourage and support all individuals who have been impacted by a negative health issue, such as cancer. The event also strives to recognize family members, friends and professional caregivers who provide assistance and understanding to people with health problems.

“This event is a tribute to anyone experiencing health challenges and also celebrates those who have walked this path with them,” said Evelyn Thomas, the honorary chair of the Butterfly Release, in a press release.

The ceremony will recognize those being celebrated by having their names read aloud. This will be followed by music and inspirational readings, eventually leading to the highlight of the event – the release of butterflies that are native to central Illinois.

The event is free and open to the public. You can purchase a butterfly sponsorship for $25 by calling 217-545-2955 or visiting www.siumed.edu/cancer, where you can also learn more about the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.

The Simmons Cancer Institute was made possible by a multi-year pledge by the Firm and the Simmons Family Foundation of $10.2 million. It is the largest single gift in the history of SIU and established the university as home to one of the leading cancer facilities nationwide.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy Congratulates 2014 Asbestos Awareness Conference Award Winners


The 10th annual ADAO International Asbestos Awareness Conference is scheduled from April 4 to 6, 2014. The conference will feature more than 30 prominent experts and asbestos victims from around the world who will present the latest medical advancements pertaining to mesothelioma treatment, disease prevention and global advocacy.

At the conference, ADAO will honor a select group of individuals, who include:

  • Congressman Henry Waxman, recipient of the Tribute of Hope Award for his constant commitment to public health and safety.
  • Dr. David Egilman, posthumous recipient of the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award honoring his dedication to increasing asbestos awareness and advocacy for asbestos-related diseases.
  • Bill Ravanesi, recipient of the Tribute of Inspiration Award for his efforts to protect workers’ rights and pursue justice for asbestos victims and their loved ones.
  • Jannelle Bedel, recipient of the Alan Reinstein Award for her dedication to mesothelioma education, advocacy and support before losing her battle with mesothelioma in 2013.
  • Lou Williams, recipient of the Alan Reinstein Award for her commitment to mesothelioma education, support and advocacy to numerous mesothelioma patients.
  • Heather Von St. James, recipient of the Alan Reinstein Award for her dedication to mesothelioma education, advocacy and support.
  • Dr. Ken Takahashi, recipient of the Dr. Irving Selikoff Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment to raising asbestos awareness, eradicating disease and supporting ADAO.
  • Congressman Bruce Vento, posthumous recipient of the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute for her many years of service as a legislator and public advocate.
  • National Association for the Defense of Asbestos Victims (Andeva), recipient of the Tribute of Unity Award for its national and international efforts to protect public health and ban asbestos.

The Firm would like to congratulate all of the above honorees for their dedication to mesothelioma and asbestos awareness. The effort to end mesothelioma and asbestos exposure takes commitment from countless individuals like those listed above, and along with patients and victims of mesothelioma, we thank you.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy Supports 2014 International Mesothelioma Symposium


The Firm is pleased to announce that it has renewed its support of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation with a $25,000 donation to support the 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma.

2014 International Mesothelioma SymposiumOver the past ten years, the Meso Foundation has awarded more than $8.2 million to top medical researchers who are developing ground-breaking treatment options for mesothelioma patients. Having donated more than $2 million over the years, the Firm remains among the foundation’s leading supporters.

Set to take place March 5 to 7, the 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma is open to all mesothelioma patients, families, advocates, medical professionals and others who have lost a loved one to the rare cancer. The mesothelioma symposium is held by the Meso Foundation and is in its 11th year.

The event kicks off March 5 with Advocacy Day, which will feature presentations by government experts to prepare for meetings on Capitol Hill with elected officials. The purpose is to help educate government experts and to advocate for increased federal funding for mesothelioma.

March 6 and 7 will feature scientific panels and community conversations covering a variety of topics. Such sessions will cover:

  • Newly bereaved discussion group
  • Cancer stem cells: Achilles’ heel of tumors
  • Post-surgical recovery
  • The healing arts
  • All things abdominal
  • Pulmonary health
  • Exercise: walking for health
  • Radiation oncology
  • Chemotherapy
  • Nutrition
  • Early detection
  • And more

On March 6, a ‘Celebration of Life’ ceremony will take place to honor all loved ones lost to this devastating disease.

Agendas for March 6 and 7 also feature special community dinners where award recipients will be honored. The Meso Fighters Band, which is composed of individuals affected by mesothelioma, will perform on the evening of March 7.

The mesothelioma symposium will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center at 5000 Seminary Rd. in Alexandria, VA. For those who cannot attend the even in person, there will be a live streaming of the entire event online.

Learn more about the 2014 International Symposium on Malignant Mesothelioma now.

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‘Rare Disease Day’ Event to be Broadcast Online on Feb. 28


More than 6,500 rare diseases affect about 25 million Americans. The NIH’s seventh annual celebration of Rare Disease Day strives to raise awareness about these diseases through a public, free event to be held on Feb. 28.

The rare disease research community will offer various tours, presentations, posters and exhibits highlighting the challenges among people with rare diseases. Heavy emphasis will be placed on research and collaboration activities that have led to progress in diagnostics and treatments.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • Medical devices for rare diseases
  • Using advanced imaging techniques for insights into rare genetic heart disease
  • Establishment of an Undiagnosed Diseases Network

The ‘Rare Disease Day’ event will take place Feb. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the NIH Clinical Center (Building 10), Masur Auditorium in Bethesda, MD. The event will also be broadcast online for those who are not able to attend in person.

In conjunction with the NIH Clinical Center, the event is presented by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences’ (NCATS) Office of Rare Diseases Research. It will feature several speakers, including Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07), co-chair of the Rare Disease Caucus; NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D; NCATS Director Christopher P. Audstin, M.D.; and NIH Clinical Center Director John I. Gallin, M.D.

Mesothelioma as a Rare Disease

Approximately 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare disease caused by asbestos exposure, every year. This rare form of lung cancer occurs most often in the thin membrane lining the lungs, chest and abdomen. The disease attacks the membranes (mesothelium) that surround and protect vital organs. Mesothelioma cancer cells are known to spread quickly and therefore the disease is often fatal.

Learn more about mesothelioma from the experienced lawyers at the Firm. If you would like to view the webcast of the Rare Disease Day event, click here.

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