BENEFITING: MELANOMA RESEARCH ALLIANCE FOUNDATION
According to the Melanoma Research Alliance, more than 76,000 people in the United States are diagnosed each year with melanoma skin cancer - that's one every 8 minutes. It's the leading form of cancer in people ages 25 - 29 and the second leading form of cancer in people ages 15-29.
Chances are, you know someone who's been impacted by melanoma. For me, these statistics are very real and very personal. I'm asking you to help fulfill a #DadsPromise. You see, a little over a year ago, our family endured one of the hardest things that can happen to a family. Our beautiful, 22-year-old daughter, Jackie, passed away on September 9, 2014 after a two and half year battle against melanoma. My promise to her was to continue the fight against this awful disease.
Jackie had a mole on her back removed in February 2012. From this moment in time, we experienced an indescribable journey. Jackie's strength of character, energy, selfless focus and ability to comfort everyone around her throughout her battle has touched thousands of people and left them speechless. We are forever changed by her life story and are at peace that she is no longer suffering and is now in heaven.
During her battle, Jackie became a supporter of the global foundation, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), even participating in recorded interviews for videos for them. While her melanoma was not tied to sun exposure, she also became a passionate advocate for the Sunscreen Innovation Act that was passed by Congress in November 2014 and signed by President Obama.
Jackie did not want others to suffer like herself. She chose a program through MRA that, due to the generosity of its founders, ensures 100% of the funds raised go directly to young scientists who are working in melanoma research. Due to the generosity of our family and friends, we have been able to raise enough to support the Jackie King – MRA Young Investigator Award that supports Neil Ganem, Ph.D. of Boston University as he works to better understand how mutations in a gene called BRAF, which occur in about half of all melanomas, cause cell production to multiply abnormally. MRA-funded research has led to significant breakthroughs in the treatment options now available to patients diagnosed with melanoma. Since 2007, MRA’s investment in melanoma research has led to the introduction of eleven new treatment therapies for patients diagnosed with melanoma and served as a model for the treatment of other cancers, too!
During Jackie's final days, she was surrounded by family. She began talking about “walking up the steps” four days before she passed away. She also graciously and courageously said goodbye to everyone individually with a sense of peace and love. She brought blended families together and we literally witnessed her spirit lift up and ascend.
Although Jackie succumbed to melanoma and was not able to see her efforts to raise funds for such a worthy cause come to fruition, my promise to her was that I would do everything in my power to continue spreading awareness and raising funds to end melanoma. We humbly ask for your assistance to help us reach Jackie’s goal.
If you or someone you know has been impacted by melanoma, please share Jackie's story. 100% of your donation made through CrowdRise will be committed to fund melanoma research.
If you would like to send a check, please make it out to the Melanoma Research Alliance Foundation and mail it to the Melanoma Research Alliance, 1101 New York Ave. NW, Suite 620, Washington, D.C. 20005. You can write Jackie King Award in the memo field.
For more information about MRA or the Jackie King – MRA Young Investigator Award please visit: www.curemelanoma.org. Thank you for helping us to achieve Jackie's goal. Not only is your generous donation contributing to the mission of finding a cure for melanoma, you are also helping to fulfill this #DadsPromise.
God bless you!