As many of you may know, my Papa lost a courageous battle with melanoma in September of 2012. Louis "Red" Pelosi was not only my Papa, but a decorated U.S. Marine who served bravely in the Korean War. Ever since I can remember, my Papa was the strongest man I knew, even into his older years. He could outswim any of us young cousins and often entertained us by hosting "Olympics" in his backyard in the summertime. Papa loved his family and his wife, Rita, more than anything, but his passion was his service in the USMC. Although he didn't speak much of his time overseas, Papa marched in every Memorial Day parade and was a strong advocate for the building and dedication of the Korean War Memorial in Charleston, MA. Papa's battle with melanoma was a short one, although he worked all his life to be conscious about sun exposure. His fair skin and red hair (until he went bald in his 30s!) made him an easy target for skin cancers, but Papa was always diligent with sunscreen, hats and avoiding the beach. We lost not only our Papa, but a friend, a husband, a father, and a United States Marine Corps Veteran. I will be running 26.2 miles in honor of Papa in D.C. and I appreciate any support you are able to contribute to meet my fundraising goals!!!
Fighting Melanoma Every Step of the Way Join us in support of an incredible group of athletes who have chosen to make their marathon experience more meaningful by raising funds to fight the deadly disease melanoma. We invite you to help them reach their goals and join the the fight! Our Vision: "We envision a world where every adult and child is aware of the risks of melanoma and takes preventative measures; where those who suffer from melanoma receive comfort and healing; and ultimately, where every case of melanoma will be completely curable." 2017 Goal: Raise $50,000 for melanoma research and awareness programs. Melanoma is the most underfunded of all cancers by federal and private agencies. Early detection makes melanoma highly curable, but it is the least screened cancer. People find their own melanoma more frequently than doctors do and melanoma detection is not a training requirement for most medical disciplines. Jack’s Team: Established in 2005 when a group of athletes came together to join the fight against melanoma. Jack's Fund has been an official marathon charity for 12 years and disbursed over $300,000 to research. We invite athletes of varied experience from all stages of life to join Jack’s Team. Our success stems from a unique Strength, Passion and Focus (SPF) each member brings to the team. Your fundraising efforts and dedication to raising awareness will truly make a difference. To learn more, please visit our website at Jacksfund.org. If you prefer to donate by check, please indicate the runner you are supporting and the race name. Forward your check to: Jack’s Fund, PO Box 436, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 ATTN: Jack's Team Jack’s Team encourages and accepts corporate matching programs. Please contact us with any questions.