Simmons Hanly Conroy Starts Miles for Meso Run/Walk for Mesothelioma Cancer Research

Event Also Seeks to Recognize September 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day

The Simmons Hanly Conroy, a leading national law firm in the fight against mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases, will sponsor the first annual “Miles for Meso” 5K run and walk on Saturday, September 26, 2009, in historic Alton, Ill., at 9 a.m.


Along with generating awareness of mesothelioma, a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, Simmons Hanly Conroy’s sponsorship includes matching and donating all entry fees to the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, a national nonprofit dedicated to funding critical research for better treatment options and, ultimately, to find a cure for mesothelioma.

“Miles for Meso” participants will also have the opportunity to sign a petition to support a movement at the federal level to declare September 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day. Additional event information is available at

The “Miles for Meso” event is open to participants of all ages. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top runners: the top three finishers in the men’s and women’s categories will receive $500 (first), $200 (second), and $100 (third). All participants will be eligible to win $100 in five separate random drawings. The registration fee is $15 prior to September 16, $20 after that day, and $25 the day of the event. Participants registered before September 15 will receive a hi-tech running shirt.

“The need for mesothelioma education, awareness, and research has never been more urgent,” said John Simmons, Chairman and CEO. “Mesothelioma is a rare but devastating cancer linked to asbestos exposure. Our firm is committed to funding research and building awareness about the disease so that we can assist in providing the needed critical help for families throughout Illinois, Missouri, and the entire country.”

He added, “Earning national recognition of September 26 as Mesothelioma Awareness Day is an important step in the ongoing battle against the cancer. We look forward to the support of our Metro area runners, walkers, and friends to help make a difference as they participate in a great event.”

“Miles for Meso” is being organized by the Metro Tri Club, a nonprofit dedicated to organizing races and walks for over 20 years throughout the St. Louis area. The group promotes fitness-oriented events for local communities.

Learn more at the Miles for Meso Web site.