BENEFITING: Jack H Marston II Melanoma Fund
EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2017
In 2011 my life was forever changed when I lost my dad to melanoma. He had been diagnosed a short two years earlier but by that point, it was already an aggressive stage IV. His diagnosis and death brought light to a condition which is very preventable with the proper education and screening.
Running was something I picked up shortly after his death and used it as a way to clear my mind and have continued running ever since.
Fast forward a few years to my meeting my husband, Tommy. I quickly learned that he NEVER wore sunscreen and encouraged him to go to the dermatologist for a check. They found pre-melanoma on the first visit and ended up finding stage 2 melanoma on his scalp on a subsequent follow up! That was news that made my heart skip a beat. Fortunately for us, it was early stages and he was able to have it surgically removed with clear margins and no further treatment!
Needless to say, this is a disease that has affected my life in many ways. Running is something that Tommy and I enjoy doing together, so when I decided to register for my first marathon (Marine Corps Marathon) I thought, what better way to do it than to raise awareness for melanoma as well. Finding Jacks Fund was a blessing! Tommy and I are very excited to help raise money for a topic we are very passionate about and also one that can help save lives.
I would love to have you help in supporting me in this journey, mile for mile and dollar for dollar.
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.