Kayaking Down the Hudson to Raise Awareness of Mesothelioma

Mark Wells on kayakLast year, Mark Wells organized his first Kayaking for a Cure Event, and kayaked down the Hudson River with two other people: meso survivor Patti Turi and a friend of hers.  Mark decided to kayak down the Hudson River through 2 locks to raise awareness and funds for mesothelioma and the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation to honor his daughter Linda.

Linda was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 16, the youngest he had ever heard
of. Ten years later, she has endured countless treatments, multiple surgeries and through it all has done her best to live a “normal” life.  “She has been thru hell and back and it’s been very tough to see your daughter suffer when there’s nothing you can do. Feeling helpless, I felt this was the best I could do to fight this disease,” says Mark Wells.

Mark’s efforts have been a great success. This year, he has over 100 kayakers registered to kayak 16 miles down the Hudson River, going thru 2 locks to raise awareness. The paddle will probably take about 6 hours with festivities at the end.  Mark has already had several articles written about his event, and will have a local radio DJ broadcasting live from her kayak on station 100.3 The Point.

When asked about his expectations for Kayaking for a Cure, Mark says it is “to make this
the biggest kayaking event on the Hudson River and raise awareness of this dreadful disease, which will raise money for research.”  We tip our hats to you Mark. Keep up the good work!

For registration, schedule of events, and sponsorship opportunities visit: http://kayaking4acure.org/

Interested in hosting a fundraiser for the Meso Foundation? For more information on donating your time to plan your own fundraiser, contact Sean Haynie at (703) 879-3823 or email him at shaynie@curemeso.org.  You can also find out more information on being mentored by our Fundraising Co-Chairs Shelly Kozicki and Erica Ruble by visiting our website at http://www.curemeso.org.

Miles for Meso 5K Run / 2K Walk – Alton, IL

On Saturday, September 22, Midwestern runners and walkers rejoice! The fourth annual -_Meso5K_0032-311Miles for Meso in Alton, IL is back again this year!  Experienced and less experienced runners (and walkers) are all invited to spread their gait and get together for a morning of endorphins, community, awareness and fundraising.

This 5K run and 2K walk, sponsored by the Simmons Firm starts at 8:30 AM at the Simmons Firm building, across from Marquette Catholic High School (One Court Street Alton, IL).

Registration is now open (you can register here) and will remain open until September 18, 2012 at midnight. The cost to register is $20 until Aug. 31, $25 until Sept. 18, and $30 on race day, and includes a running-shirt and post-race activities. All proceeds benefit the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

More information about the event is available at www.milesformeso.com.

FOR THE FOUNDATION: Charlie Cole Classic

banner--cole-classicLynn Cole lost her husband, Charlie, to mesothelioma just a few years ago at the age of 51.  While grieving her loss, she felt the need to be proactive and do something to help others facing mesothelioma.  “Charlie’s love of golf and the mountains” inspired Lynn and her children Matt and Katie to host the first Charlie Cole Classic golf tournament in 2011 and “become advocates for the Foundation which helped us.”  Lynn is committed to continue helping those facing mesothelioma by raising funds to support medical research.

Launched in 2011, the Charlie Cole Classic is an annual golf outing nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.   The tournament, held in the scenic mountain setting of the High Vista Country Club, will be Captain’s Choice format, with a Shotgun start and four player teams.  A Dinner will follow the award ceremonies.  “Family, friends and associates all gather to share fun, fellowship, and honor Charlie while raising awareness and money for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation,” says organizer Lynn Cole.  Lynn says she could not have done it without all of the help of her children, Matt and Katie.

When asked about her expectations for the tournament, she answers “We hope to continue to grow this event, raise awareness and demonstrate to others that we can all make a difference in the fight against mesothelioma,” continues Cole “And anything but rain!”

For registration, schedule of events, and sponsorship opportunities email: charliecoleclassic@gmail.com

To learn more about the High Vista Country Club: http://www.highvistagolf.com

Interested in hosting a fundraiser for the Meso Foundation? For more information on giving your time  to plan your own fundraiser, contact Sean Haynie at (703) 879-3823 or email him at shaynie@curemeso.org. You can also find out more information on being mentored by our Fundraising Co-Chairs Shelly Kozicki and Erica Ruble by visiting our website at http://www.curemeso.org.

 

 

FOR THE FOUNDATION: Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K

Bruce RunningJill Waite contacted the Meso Foundation earlier this year in hopes of planning her first fundraiser to honor her late father, Bruce Waite, who died from mesothelioma.

Bruce Waite on one of his daily runs.

Nearly ten years after his death, Jill has organized the first Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K in Ontario, OH on Sunday, September 23, just 3 days before Mesothelioma Awareness Day.  Bruce was a teacher with over thirty years of service to his students, and Jill has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support that has come from her father’s former students, friends and family from all over the country.  She has learned even more about her dad and his legacy from the stories she has heard from the people coming out of the woodwork.

“One student told me Dad made the difference between prison and college for him.  One student wrote me that Dad sent him a congratulatory note as he graduated from college.   Every day, I end up in tears, not even from sadness, but from pride.  And to this man who had so much humility that he truly felt he had no impact, I look up to the sky and tell him this is the only time he was wrong,” says Jill.

Jill chose to organize a 5K in honor of her father because running was also a huge part of his life, never missing one of his daily runs for 33 years. She knew that 2012 was the year, stating “as I turned 50, I realized that I did not want to celebrate without Dad – so I decided it is the perfect year to have the Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K Run/Walk.”

This is not the Waite family’s first fundraising effort in honor of Bruce, in fact they have established a scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors interested in pursuing a career in education. One of the scholarship recipients will begin teaching this fall, and will be teaching some of the same literature Bruce taught.

Jill is committed to continuing to raise funds to support mesothelioma research, saying “If part of Dad’s legacy is to help raise monies for meso research so other families can be spared what we endured, then, as his daughter, I have no choice but to continue the fight.  I count it an honor.”

To find out more about the Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5K, visit their website: www.brucewaite5k.com

Interested in hosting a fundraiser for the Meso Foundation? For more information on giving of your time and talents in your area and planning your own fundraiser, contact Sean Haynie at (703) 879-3823 or email him at shaynie@curemeso.org.  You can also find out more information on being mentored by our Fundraising Co-Chairs Shelly Kozicki and Erica Ruble by visiting our website at http://www.curemeso.org.