BENEFITING: Jack H Marston II Melanoma Fund
EVENT DATE: Oct 22, 2017
Fighting Melanoma Every Step of the Way
We run for those who cant.
Friends and family,
I am excited to announce that I will be running the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon with Jack's Team! Our team goal is to raise $60,000 for melanoma research and awareness. Did you know that melanoma is the most underfunded of all cancers by federal and private agencies? Or that it is the least screened cancer, even though early detection makes it highly curable? Believe it or not, people find their own melanoma more frequently than doctors do. By donating to Jack's Fund, you can help fund research and raise awareness to push us forward toward a world without melanoma. If you're interested in hearing about why I personally support this cause, please read below.
When I was 19 years old I was at the beach with my family when I got a call from my dermatologist that my skin biopsy came back irregular. She suggested I have surgery as soon as possible to remove the spot altogether. The first weekend of my sophomore year of college I spent my morning having Moh's surgery under my left eye to remove a small tumor, and waited patiently for the results. I was relieved (and so fortunate) to find out that it was a rare type of basal cell carcinoma, not melanoma. Even so, it touched my life in a big way. I never thought much about taking care of my skin before that, and it gave me the push I needed to realize how important it is.
In 2015 I ran the Boston Marathon for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I met so many survivors, and family members of people who had passed away from cancer. I developed a passion for this community of people who were committed to racing for a cause. The day of our 20-mile training run (3 weeks before the marathon), I found out that my uncle had passed away after a long battle with melanoma. I promised myself that if I had the opportunity to run another marathon with a charity team, it would be in support of melanoma.
So now, here I am! I am so proud to be a member of Jack's Team and to support the fight against melanoma. Donations of any amount are appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to visit my site and learn more about Jack's Fund.