Cancer researcher: Benefit runs are vital in fight against diseases
Alexander to participate in Miles For Meso 8K to support efforts for finding cure for mesothelioma
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 McQueen, Warren Zevon and former White House chief of staff Hamilton Jordan.