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M4M: Weekend Line Up & Addresses

February 10, 2011 1 comment

Welcome Party and Barefoot Wine Tasting at the Wishing Well Pub … 111 Southeast Mizner Blvd Boca Raton, FL 33432 (561)750-5208

The festivities begin at 6pm. Food and Drink available. Pre-registered racers can pick up their race packets.

Celebration of Life; Research & Fan Fair at the Addison Reserve Country Club … 7201 Addison Reserve Blvd Delray Beach, FL 33446 (561)637-4004

The event begins at 6pm. You must already have your ticket to this event or have RSVP’d. Lite refreshments will be provided.

The 2nd Annual South Florida Miles For Meso starts on A1A at the Spanish River Park in Boca Raton … 3001 N Ocean Blvd Boca Raton, FL 33431

The race starts at 7:30am. Get there early to pick up your race number and warm up!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Cancer researcher: Benefit runs are vital in fight against diseases

By Craig Davis, Sun SentinelFebruary 8, 2011

Every weekend when runners compete in South Florida and elsewhere, they are not only racing for themselves but in support of various causes.

Dr. Richard Alexander can attest that their efforts carry benefits far beyond physical fitness. It’s the reason the clinical researcher from the University of Maryland Medical Center will run in Sunday’s Miles For Meso 8K at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton.

“The practice of having public events for the purpose of supporting research in the field of medicine is a distinctly American phenomenon. This type of support is going to be increasingly important,” Alexander said. “The competition for research dollars is fierce these days.”

Alexander has been involved in the quest for a cure for Mesothelioma, the lethal form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Its most recent high-profile victim was football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, and others include Steve McQueenWarren Zevon and former White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan.

Larry Davis & Dr. Alexander

Larry Davis, director of the Boca race, has worked relentlessly to raise awareness and support research efforts since being diagnosed with the disease in 2007. He also remains active in running; he competed in a half marathon last weekend in California.

Alexander can relate on both levels. He has run 10 marathons (PR of 3:40). And he has first-hand experience that the efforts of Davis and others can make a difference.

In the past year, Alexander’s research team, spearheaded by Sheelu Varghese, has made significant strides in cracking the mystery of mesothelioma.

Studying tumors on a molecular level, they discovered each contained an abundance of certain proteins that fueled the tumors’ growth. If researchers can succeed in controlling the proteins, they soon could be on track to a breakthrough in treating meso — provided there is funding.

Fewer than 10 percent of research projects submitted to theNational Institutes of Health receive federal funding, even though many are deemed worthy. Alexander said foundations that benefit from events such as Miles For Meso 8K are able to provide funding directly to research efforts.

“It’s hard to gauge to what degree [it helps], but if you look at most successful scientists, almost every one was aided at some critical point in their career by philanthropic support,” Alexander said. “We know that advances in cures for cancer are made through research.”

Other local runs for causes this weekend include the Race For Women’s Wellness, Saturday at Coral Springs Medical Center, benefitting the Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Fund; and Sunday’s I Care I Cure … I Run 5K at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. The I Care I Cure Foundation supports therapies for childhood cancer.

Alexander has run marathons in New York, San Diego, Japan and several times in his favorite, the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington. Although the demands of his profession leave limited time for training, he sees parallels between medical research and marathon training. Both are painstaking processes.

“To be successful in reseach, you’ve got to be patient, disciplined, and you’ve got to be able to work through a lot of adversity,” Alexander said. “That’s exactly what’s needed to be competitive in marathon running.”

For more about participant sports in South Florida, visit Craig Davis’ blog at SunSentinel.com/recreation

 

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Donate to the 2011 South Florida Miles for Meso

Help Save Lives!

We are accepting donations for the 2011 South Florida Miles for Meso. You can sponsor a particular runner or just donate to our cause which is helping to fund research and find a cure for Mesothelioma, a deadly disease  caused by asbestos exposure. We are also committed to helping victims and families find help and answers through friend, doctors and lawyers who have the knowledge to support difficult times.

Go to our donations page and click to help us achieve our goals for this very important race and reason! And thank you for your support.

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