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Pompano Beach runner Davis takes fight against mesothelioma on the road

by: Craig Davis of the Sun Sentinel September 9th, 2010

Pompano Beach runner Larry Davis continues to set a relentless pace in his own battle with mesothelioma and mission to raise awareness and support for research intofinding a cure for the lethal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

Davis is helping with zMotion’s 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride on Saturday, which begins at 7 a.m. at the Cove in Deerfield Beach and goes to Lake Worth Inlet and back.

As Davis points out, the collapse of the World Trade Center increased the meso risk in New York. The buildings contained as much as 1,000 tons of asbestos. When the buildings fell, it was as if an asbestos bomb had exploded.

Lately, Davis has taken his crusade on the road. He joined “standing cyclist” Frank Cavaluzzi on the final leg of a recent ride from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness of mesothelioma.

Cavaluzzi is known for cycling to publicize special causes, using a bicycle that has no seat and a fixed gear that does not allow him to coast. He decided to do the meso ride after meeting Davis’ daughter, Courtney, on a Stand Up For Cancer ride around Lake Champlain last year.

For more information about Cavaluzzi’s trip, visit actionagainstasbestos.com

Last weekend Davis, 65, and his wife, Carol, ran in the USA 20K Championship in New Haven, Conn., his hometown. Davis’ father was exposed to asbestos at a box manufacturing plant in New Haven and died at age 56 of mesothelioma.

Davis, who was diagnosed with meso several years ago, achieved his goal of finishing the 20K in less than 2 hours, clocking 1:54:22.

More important, he received a check for $1,000 from the Knights of Columbus for his South Florida Miles For Meso 8K to benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. The 2011 Miles For Meso 8K Run and 4K Cancer Tribute Walk is scheduled for Feb. 13 at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.

Mesothelioma is the cancer that killed singer Warren Zevon, actor Steve McQueen and recently NFL Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen. But those are just a few of the big names; it’s impacting families across the country.

The cause is gaining impetus with the running community in South Florida. Some of the proceeds from last weekend’s King of the Hill Challenge 5K at Vista View Park were earmarked for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

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