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Simmons Hanly Conroy hosted the first Miles for Meso race in 2009. Since then, the firm has continued to be the national presenting sponsor of the event, helping to raise awareness about the dangers of asbestos. The flagship Miles for Meso 5K race in Alton, Illinois takes place at Simmons Hanly Conroy’s national headquarters, providing a place for the mesothelioma community to gather and support one another.
As a mesothelioma law firm, Simmons Hanly Conroy would like nothing more than to see the eradication of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. The firm’s position as the national presenting sponsor helps make Miles for Meso possible year after year, raising thousands of dollars for research and awareness.
Since the first Miles for Meso in 2009, race participants have run or walked a total of 22,907 miles, and the event has raised over $750,000 for mesothelioma research. The race has become a fun, family-friendly way to raise awareness about mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos.
Organizations that have received these funds are the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (The Meso Foundation), the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and PENN Medicine’s mesothelioma program.
“Why would a law firm want to donate money to a research program and eventually find a cure for a disease that they litigate, and it’s quite profitable? I think it just speaks that they go beyond that. They believe in the human spirit.”
– Mary Hesdorffer, Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
The flagship Miles for Meso race takes place in Alton, Illinois every September to coincide with National Mesothelioma Awareness Day.
Following the first race in Alton, Illinois, families and friends of mesothelioma victims began showing interest in hosting races of their own. Since then, the race has gone national. Ten states have held races, of which Simmons Hanly Conroy is honored to be the presenting sponsor.
Races have taken place in:
Races in 2020 took place in Illinois, Ohio and Washington in virtual formats to follow social distance guidelines. Learn more about Miles for Meso and find a race near you.