The Miles for Meso Washington Memorial 5K Run/Walk will be held July 4th in Federal Way. The run starts at 9:00 am at the Federal Way Community Center. The event benefits the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. Mesothelioma is a non-curable form of cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. The diagnosis of this disease may not be made for decades after exposure. Washington ranks 10th in the nation for an incidence of this disease. Nationwide, there are approximately three thousand new cases diagnosed every year. Not too many years ago, asbestos was used in floor tiles, pipe insulation, in kitchen appliances, ceiling texture, paints, and many other common items around our homes.
The event was started by three women who lost their husbands to mesothelioma as a memorial to their husbands and all of the Washington residents who have died as a result of this disease. Their husbands all had ties to the Federal Way community. Dick Dyhrman worked in Federal Way as a geologist for the Weyerhaeuser Company. Bud Hatley was an athletic director for the Federal Way School District. Bob Stewart was a teacher and coach at Federal Way High School. This event is also a fundraiser for the foundation, which last year, raised over fifteen thousand dollars for use as research grants to find a cure and support services for families affected by this disease. Additional information about the disease can be found at www.curemeso.org.
If you are interested in getting a little exercise and support a good cause on the 4th of July, more information can be found and links to registration can be found at www.meso5kwa.com. If you still have questions, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you on Independence Day and if you do come out, please consider doing so in patriotic costume. In any case, have a happy and safe 4th of July.