Melanoma Research Foundation’s 25th Anniversary:
The Melanoma Research Foundation has been proud to support melanoma patients and their families for the past 25 years. Through the good times and the bad, the melanoma community comes together year after year to support patients, advance research initiatives, educate those in their community and advocate to one day live in a world without melanoma.
As we approach our 25th anniversary, we have so many people to thank and honor for their continuous dedication and support. Throughout this year, follow along with the MRF as we highlight some of the many incredible advocates, community members, patients, partners, researchers, board members and honorees we have had the pleasure to work with.
We have so much to celebrate from our first 25 years and we hope you will join us throughout the year to honor the progress and achievements of our incredible community.
A special message from MRF CEO, Kyleigh LiPira:
25th Anniversary Unlock the Cure:
The MRF is proud to launch our year-round 25th Anniversary Unlock the Cure, a unique community fundraiser. This virtual event is being hosted as part of the MRF’s 25th Anniversary, is an opportunity for the public to help raise funds through the purchase of tickets for a chance to win incredible prizes generously donated by various cause marketing partners and charitable organizations.
Each ticket is just $25 and a maximum of just 1000 will be sold. The deadline for Unlock the Cure ticket sales is Thursday, May 6, 2021 at 8 pm ET each Thursday in May prior to ticket draws in 2021. One winner will be randomly selected every Friday in May 2021. Click here to purchase your tickets today!
25th Anniversary Sponsors:
Thank you to our 25th Anniversary Unlock the Cure in-kind sponsors. We cannot thank you enough for supporting the MRF, melanoma patients and their families through your donation in honor of the 25th Anniversary.
25th Anniversary Special Guest Series:
Join the MRF every month for the MRF’s 25th Anniversary Special Guest Facebook live series. Each month we will be joined by MRF staff members, advocates, patients, survivors, care-givers, dermatologists and corporate partners to discuss melanoma advancements and updates within the community.
25th Anniversary Spotlight:
Miles for Melanoma is a nationwide tour of 5k run/walks that unites thousands of melanoma advocates in cities across the country, increasing melanoma awareness and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for life-saving treatment advances. But it all began with a melanoma patient named Steve Farrell who fought through a grueling clinical trial by setting and accomplishing a goal of running in the iconic New York City Marathon to raise funds for the MRF. Today, Steve’s family honors the memory of his courageous fight and generous spirit by staying involved with the MRF and the melanoma community, and the annual Miles for Melanoma New Jersey 5k wouldn’t be the same without TEAM FARRELL. In a recent guest blog post, Maryann Farrell recalls how “Miles for Melanoma” came to be and how her husband’s legacy lives on today. Click here to read more about TEAM FARRELL!
CURE OM at 10:
Founded in 2011 by Dr. Sara Selig and her husband, psychologist and ocular melanoma (OM) patient, Dr. Gregg Stracks, CURE OM (Community United for Research and Education of Ocular Melanoma) is the MRF’s initiative to increase awareness, education and research funding for OM, while improving the lives of people affected by this disease. Less than a year after its inception, CURE OM hosted its first patient symposium in 2012 in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. The first Eyes on a Cure: OM Patient and Caregiver Symposium was very similar to what the current symposia looks like today with experts in the OM field bringing the latest in research and science to patients and caregivers to help the OM community unite and bring hope. Since the first symposium, we have been thrilled to see how this patient and caregiver meeting has grown to include the global OM community as well as a wide variety of topics. Starting in 2018 we began featuring a wellness track which includes activities such as art therapy, family communication workshops, yoga and more.
MRF Advocacy Days:
In honor of the MRF’s 25th Anniversary, we are taking a look back at all we have accomplished since the start of our advocacy program! Since 2009, the MRF has worked with advocates across the country on the local, state and federal level, providing support to those living with and surviving melanoma, raising public awareness of the disease, advancing research and improving the quality of care and outcomes for the millions of Americans impacted by melanoma. To date, the MRF has secured over $112 million in Defense-funded melanoma research, hosted over 900 advocates at our annual Advocacy Days (formerly known as the Advocacy Summit and Hill Day) and have scheduled close to 600 meetings with lawmakers since our first advocacy event. Although we have accomplished a lot so far, there is still work to be done! Learn more about this year’s advocacy priorities: https://melanoma.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Advocacy-Days-Brief.pdf