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The Melanoma Research Foundation Welcomes Dina Bair as Emcee of the Chicago Miles for Melanoma 5K

Emmy Award-Winning WGN Midday News anchor to poised to help eradicate melanoma at upcoming 5K race 

Chicago, IL (September 15, 2022) The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is thrilled to announce that Dina Bair, anchor for WGN Midday News, will serve as the Opening Ceremonies emcee of the Chicago Miles for Melanoma 5K, held Sunday, September 25, at DuSable Harbor, beginning at 8:30AM CT. 

The nationwide annual 5K event tours the country to celebrate local melanoma patients, thrivers and caregivers. This year, the Chicago melanoma community will unite to raise $80,000 in support of critical melanoma research.   

Bair is an Emmy award-winning journalist who is currently the anchor for WGN Midday News. In addition, she is the medical reporter for the “Medical Watch” segments on WGN Midday News, WGN Evening News and WGN News at Nine. Dina was named a Fellow by the National Press Foundation for the “Cancer Issues” seminar in Washington D.C.

In addition to raising essential funds to support melanoma research, this event helps elevate public awareness around early detection and prevention of cutaneous melanoma and rare melanoma subtypes. The Miles for Melanoma program also highlights the importance of sun safety and scheduling annual dermatological skin checks. The MRF team is honored to welcome board-certified dDermatologists Dr. Renata Block and Dr. Stavonnie Patterson who will be providing on-site skin checks to all registered participants on event day.   

The MRF team is gratefulpleased to welcome a wide range of local presenting and national sponsors to Chicago including; Bristol Myers Squibb, Novartis, Castle Biosciences, Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology and NorthShore University Health System Kellogg Cancer Center. National sponsors include Neutrogena, Coolibar and Pfizer.   

Register to attend the Chicago Miles for Melanoma 5K event here, by Thursday, September 22 at 11:59PM CT. On-site registration will also be available on event day.   


About the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis, and the treatment of melanoma. The MRF is a committed advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The MRF’s website (www.melanoma.org) is the premier source for melanoma information seekers. Find the MRF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. 


Media Contact  

Nicole Nishanian   

Miles for Melanoma Development Officer  

[email protected]