Our Impact

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is dedicated to working with lawmakers on federal, state and local levels for increased melanoma research funding for all types of melanoma including, mucosal, ocular and pediatric, improved access to quality care, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) skin cancer prevention activities, preserving indoor tanning tax, age restricted indoor tanning, access to sunscreen in schools and more.

Our Impact

Because of you, we’re continuing to drive access to groundbreaking research, healthcare and better outcomes for melanoma patients, survivors and care partners across the United States. Learn more about our impact below.

Raise your voice for melanoma patients across the country and become an advocate today!

 

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Advocacy Over the Years

      CURRENTLY THERE ARE 1.3 MILLION AMERICANS LIVING WITH MELANOMA. WITH THE HELP OF OUR ADVOCATES,
THE MRF HAS:

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INCLUDED 22 PATIENT ADVOCATES IN THE GRANT REVIEW PROCESS
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SECURED OVER $112 MILLION IN DEFENSE-FUNDED MELANOMA RESEARCH
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HOSTED OVER 900 ADVOCATES AT OUR ADVOCACY SUMMIT AND HILL DAY
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SCHEDULED OVER 538 MEETINGS WITH LAWMAKERS SINCE 2010
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SUBMITTED COMMENTS ON THE FDA’S PROPOSED RULE ON SUNSCREEN
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SUPPORTED THE PASSAGE OF THE DEFERMENT FOR ACTIVE CANCER TREATMENT ACT
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SUPPORTED ACCESS TO CARE AND PROTECTION OF INDIVIDUALS WITH PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS
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SUPPORTED NC STATE BILL FOR FUNDING FOR HUNTERSVILLE OCULAR MELANOMA CLUSTER
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HELD AN OCULAR MELANOMA PATIENT-LED FDA LISTENING SESSION
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SUPPORTED FUNDING INCREASES FOR THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH AND NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
                                       

2021 Advocacy Days

The MRF’s Advocacy Days is the largest melanoma advocacy event of the year and unites melanoma advocates on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress to urge them to make melanoma a national priority. Patients, caregivers, healthcare professionals and community partners travel from across the country to share their stories and take their message to the Hill.

Anyone who is passionate about telling their story and making a difference for the millions of Americans impacted by melanoma can attend this annual event. This year, the MRF will host a half-day virtual program on March 1, 2021 to brief you on key issues impacting the melanoma community and provided education and resources for successful meetings with your lawmakers followed by meetings with your Representatives and Senators and/or their Staffers. Learn more and register for this annual event below.

REGISTER HERE

 

 

Global Advocacy

In 2014, the MRF, in response to the global need for bringing the patient voice to the melanoma space, brought together organizations from around the world to create the Global Coalition for Melanoma Patient Advocacy. Since its founding, the group has grown to include 39 organizations from 24 different countries and is enthusiastically supported by not only its partners around the world, but also the global patient, healthcare and pharmaceutical communities.

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