Larry’s Story

larrydavis2Larry Davis was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in July of 2006. A true warrior in his fight against the disease, he is an inspiration to us all.

An avid runner, Larry used his passion for running to raise awareness and funds for mesothelioma research. He believed that his dedication to running and fitness is what helped him battle his disease.

“I still believe that’s helped me as much as anything,” Larry said of running in a Chicago Tribune story. “What you get out of running is more than cardiovascular. It’s a whole mind-body connection. It helps you build the immune system, and that’s key in fighting any disease. It’s not a cure, but it makes you stronger.”

In 2010, Larry founded the South Florida Miles for Meso 8K Run and 2K Tribute Walk. The event, held in Boca Raton, Fla., each year, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help advance treatment options for mesothelioma patients and to support work being done to find a cure. It was for this effort and Larry’s commitment to education, advocacy and support to countless patients and families that he was awarded the Alan Reinstein Award by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO).

“When I learned of my diagnosis, I was already a runner. It just seemed natural to host a race to benefit mesothelioma research,” Davis said. “Running is part of the reason why I am a survivor.”

Larry kept running right until the end. In 2011, right after completing a Father’s Day triathlon with his daughter, Larry went in for a major surgery to remove some large tumors. Unfortunately, the surgery was not as successful as his family had hoped. Larry passed away about a year later.

In a very tender blog, Larry’s daughter, Courtney, writes, “As my father deteriorated, I cried when no one could see[,] for him and for this disease that was taking him from me. Something that could be prevented. Something that the U.S. Congress could put a stop to going forward. There needs to be a complete ban on asbestos use all over the world, not just here in America.”

Simmons Hanly Conroy agrees that no one should ever be diagnosed with this terrible disease. Our mesothelioma lawyers are passionate about helping mesothelioma victims and their families fight for their right to be heard within the civil justice system.