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5K walk/run raises money for Mesothelimoa Foundation

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  Original Published: 9/23/2013

Over 250 people participated Sunday in the Second Annual Bruce A. Waite Miles for Meso 5-K Walk/Run at Ontario High School.

Jill Waite said the event came about to honor the legacy of her father and to raise awareness about the disease that claimed his life Mesothelioma.

"My father was a teacher at Mansfield Senior High School from 1959 to 1989. While employed there he ended up being exposed to asbestos. In 2002, he was disgnosed with mesothelioma and died in 2003," Waite said.

"My father was an avid runner. He ran every day for 33 years and logged about 76,000 miles in that time," Waite said. "In one of his last conversations with me, he aasked that my mother and I create a scholarship for students going to into education. We formed the Bruce A. Waite Scholarship to assist students from area schools follow their own dreams," Waite said.

"We also started the 5K walk/run in his honor to help raise funds for further research into the treatment and cure for mesothelioma," Waite said.

Last year's event raised over $6,200 and Waite said she expects this year's race to surpass that amount.

   
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