October 06, 2016
BENEFITING: Jack H Marston II Melanoma Fund
EVENT DATE: Oct 09, 2016
Fighting Melanoma Every Step of the Way
Last year, my wife, Cecelia, was diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 35. Busy with our careers and raising our then 4-year old son and 2-year old daughter, cancer was the last thing we thought we'd have to worry about. We were lucky--her melanoma was caught early (stage 1B), but that still meant a couple of surgeries, numerous scars, and a few lymph nodes removed to find out if the cancer had spread. And of course, the constant worry we live with for the rest of our lives that the cancer will reappear one day, in her lungs, brain, or elsewhere.
Melanoma isn't "just skin cancer." One person dies from melanoma every hour. It is the leading cause of cancer related death of women ages 25-30 and the second leading cause of cancer related death in women ages 30-35. And unfortunately, these numbers are expected to rise. The incidence of people under 30 developing melanoma is increasing faster than any other demographic group, and 144,000 new cases of melanoma are expected to be diagnosed in the US alone this year.
I've chosen to run the Chicago marathon in support of the Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund, which was established in honor of Jack H. Marston, II, who lost his battle with melanoma at the age of 47. Jack's Fund's mission and vision statement says it best:
"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."
Join me 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. I invite you to help us reach our goals and join the fight.
2016 Goal: Raise $100,000 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 - SPF - Strength, Passion and Focus 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. Then 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.