Florida Man Organizes Run to Raise Awareness for Mesothelioma
Larry Davis did not let a diagnosis of mesothelioma slow him down. After his doctors told him in 2007 that his prognosis was grim, with a median survival of less than two years for mesothelioma patients, Davis stopped all medical treatment and began running.
Now years later, Davis is logging 20-25 miles per week and has organized 5K runs to benefit mesothelioma research. Scheduled for Valentine’s Day in Boca Raton, Florida, the Miles for Meso run is planned to raise awareness and funding for research into more effective treatments for mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a serious cancer that occurs in individuals exposed to airborne asbestos fibers. Even small amounts of asbestos and infrequent exposure can create a risk for contracting mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is highly aggressive and is resistant to many cancer treatments.
Noting that mesothelioma is the cancer that killed singer Warren Zevon and actor Steve McQueen, Davis said “we are going to have a tribute, but we’re not going to be there to mourn, we’re here to get on with life and come up with solutions.”