In 2011, Mike Mattmuller was only 29-years-old when an x-ray revealed he had mesothelioma – an often fatal form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure that typically afflicts people twice his age.
“The first words I remember registering were ‘You have cancer,’” Mike recalled. “My wife Jessica and I were newlyweds at the time, and what came next for us really tested our love and our strength.”
Less than six months after his diagnosis and after several rounds of chemotherapy, Mike received an extrapleural pneumenectomy – a surgical procedure involving the removal of his left lung and its damaged lining. The procedure marked a significant turning point in his fight. Mike was fortunate enough to catch his mesothelioma early and has now been cancer-free since 2012. Last year, he and Jessica have welcomed a new addition to their family – their first child, Riley Jean.
With one fight over, the Mattmullers quickly began another: to advocate the complete ban of asbestos and to promote research toward a cure. Mike now serves as the Eastern Co-Regional Director for the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) – this year’s recipient on funds from Miles for Meso. He has shared his story at several congressional briefings and in meetings with the EPA. As a graphic designer, Jessica helps to lead the design of ADAO’s awareness campaigns. Both have served as team captains for Miles for Meso’s Virtual Race – a way for anyone to participate no matter where they live.
For only $30, you’ll receive a Miles for Meso race shirt to wear on race day. When that day arrives, take a photo of yourself sporting your shirt and use the hashtag “MilesForMeso to help spread awareness.
All registration proceeds, including the Virtual Race, will benefit ADAO.