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More than 100 run/walk at Eleanor mesothelioma fundraiser

Missy Bowles, founder/organizer of the third annual ROD's Benefit 5K Run/Walk for Meso, has declared the Sept. 22 event in Eleanor a great success in a number of areas.

"We had 105-plus walkers and runners," the Bancroft resident said, "and many other attending supporters. We had two meso fighters attending."

The fundraiser at Eleanor Town Park also included a barbecue lunch, auctions, raffles, a variety of children's activities and a gospel sing. All proceeds were earmarked for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation.

 "It was a great success and a beautiful day. We have raised just under our $20,000 goal - $19,549 - for mesothelioma research," said Bowles.

"Thanks goes out to all of those who helped make this day possible - all the sponsors, donors, friends and family. Especially my husband, Glenn, and my mom, Daddy's wife of 42 years, Sharon Dorsey. Most importantly, God for answering prayers, guiding my steps and directions and allowing us a beautiful sunny, yet cool day. Thanks to all who came out for the event.

"I was also proud to have Erin Maas and her friend, Shae, from the Mesothelioma Research Foundation join us for the Zumbathon on Friday night and the 5k day on Saturday," Bowles said.

Top finishers and their scores in this year's 5K Run included:

* Heather Bowles, 23:20

* John Toney 23:53

* Michael Dollin, 25:23

* Benton Dolin, 27:52

* Ashley Dolin, 29:16

* John Arthur, 29:21

* Jeremy Callen, 31:14

* Courtney Walls, 31:34

* Jeff Medley, 32:42

* Lourdes Stone, 35:39

* Mike Williams, 38.05.

Bowles established the ROD's Benefit for Meso in honor of her father, who died shortly after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, a respiratory disease often associated with prolonged asbestos inhalation in a workplace setting.

Additionally, through Bowles' efforts in March, National Mesothelioma Awareness Day was recognized in West Virginia for the first time, by order of the Legislature, on Sept. 26.

Bowles said planning for the fourth annual ROD's Benefit for Meso should get underway in January.

For more information or to donate, contact Bowles at 304-395-0636. Donations can be mailed to her at P.O. Box 205, Bancroft, W.Va. 25011.

More information is also available online at


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