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A month ago I contacted a Miami TV station about my dad’s story. It was right before the 2011 South Florida Miles For Meso event. To my surprise, the Health reporter for WPLG liked our story and wanted to speak to my dad, Larry.

A week before M4M I flew down to Florida for the interview. A few weeks later the story was finished and aired in the AM broadcasts … here is the Larry’s [my dad’s] story.

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“Keep Me in Your Heart”

ADAO Thanks Billy Ray Cyrus for his Words of Support in Conjunction with Ron Cyrus’ Posthumous Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to Honor Esteemed Legislator for His Commitment to Making a Difference through Public Service

REDONDO BEACH, CA. – March 3, 2011 – The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) today announced its thanks to Billy Ray Cyrus for his public support of ADAO. The organization will recognize his father, Ron Cyrus, with the Warren Zevon “Keep Me in Your Heart” Memorial Tribute. Cyrus, a Kentucky Legislator for 21 years, passed away in 2006 from the rare asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma. The Warren Zevon tribute will be presented at ADAO’s Seventh Annual International Asbestos Conference April 2, 2011, in Atlanta, Georgia.

“My dad was everything to me and most of all he was my best friend.  His character,  trustworthiness and dedication made him a wonderful role model. If only money could bring better health, he would be with us today,” stated Billy Ray Cyrus. “I support ADAO and their efforts to ban asbestos. We all must work together in this fight.  ADAO has my continued support in making everyone aware of this deadly disease.”

“I am enormously honored to have had the opportunity to pay tribute to Ron Cyrus,” said Jordan Zevon, ADAO spokesperson, who lost his father – Warren Zevon – to mesothelioma in 2003. “It is not just the deadly disease that they shared, but a passion for fearlessly taking a stance on what is right.”

“Ron Cyrus’ legacy is immeasurable, as he served in the United States Air Force and in the Kentucky House of Representatives for 21 years.  His unselfish public service legacy echoes ADAO’s educational efforts to help end the tragedy of asbestos disease,” commented Linda Reinstein, ADAO CEO and co-founder. “We are extremely thankful to Billy Ray Cyrus for his public support of ADAO and are honored to have the chance to recognize his father in Warren Zevon’s name.”

The Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s 7th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference, “Asbestos: Impact on Public Heath, Environment, and the Economy” will be held April 1 – 3, 2011, at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center. Presentations will include occupational and non-occupational exposure issues, detection and treatment advances, environmental and economic impact, and national and global policy. The conference is made possible with the support and collaborative efforts of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan.

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The 2nd Annual SF Miles for Meso

Boca Raton, Florida February 11-13, 2011 – What an amazing weekend! I don’t know how else to sum up the event starting at the Boca Hotel & Resort all the way through the final evening’s dinner with the folks from Seeger Weiss.

The Welcome Party, hosted by the Wishing Well Pub, was a great place to have a glass of wine and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues. Discussions and introductions ranging from athletes to authors and on to sponsors and supporters of Mesothelioma and those suffering from it were everywhere. Friends were made and bonds were strengthened by folks coming together in hopes of finding a cure for Meso.

Saturday night was the Celebration of Life forum with keynote speaker Dr. Richard Alexander. He spoke to a number of points in regards to Mesothelioma and the urgency of finding relief for this condition. The most memorable to me was when he mentioned just how important events like ours are. The video above talks about that more.

And of course Sunday’s event, the 2nd running of the South Florida Miles For Meso, was even better than last year! This year more people ventured out to our little race and more donations were  made than ever before. Thanks, in large part, to our main sponsors Simmons Law, Sokolove Law and Seeger Weiss. And certainly helped along by warmer weather.

Thank you all for your participation. There is a huge list of folks who made this whole event possible starting with the Boca Raton Road Runners and ending with each and every one of our readers here. Your generosity is deeply appreciated by me and my family. Thank you all again and again.

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