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Third Annual Miles for Melanoma 5K Run/Walk at Universal Studios

Register today for the MRF’s third annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk, to be held at Universal Studios on May 4, 2014.

The Melanoma Research Foundation Announces 3rd Annual Event at Universal Studios on May 4th, 2014 
Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, California, April 9, 2013– The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) today announced the third annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk at Universal Studios, May 4th, 2014. The event was co-founded by the MRF, Hillary Fogelson of Pale Girl SPEAKS, and her husband, former Universal Pictures Chairman Adam Fogelson. Pale Girl SPEAKS is a social networking movement dedicated to raising awareness and preventing melanoma. All proceeds from the event go to the largest independent organization devoted to melanoma education and prevention, the MRF. The announcement was made today by the MRF’s Executive Director Tim Turnham.
The past two Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk at Universal Studios were huge successes, with last year’s event selling out and helping to raise more than $350,000 for melanoma research, advocacy and education.
“Melanoma rates are increasing at an alarming rate, especially among women in their 20s. It is the deadliest form of skin cancer, taking someone’s life every hour of every day,” said Turnham. “The third annual Miles for Melanoma 5k at Universal Studios will help the MRF raise critically-needed funding for melanoma research and help increase awareness that melanoma doesn’t discriminate – anyone can be diagnosed with melanoma, no matter their age, sex or race. Together we can make a difference in the fight against this deadly cancer.”
Celebrity Friends of the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlots include last year’s co-host Rob Lowe, Molly Simms, Judd Apatow, Sean Astin, Elizabeth Banks, Jason Bateman, Jason Biggs, Soleil Moon Frye, Anne Hathaway, Ashley Hinshaw, Dwayne Johnson, Blake Lively, Jeannie Mai, Kellie Martin, Leslie Mann, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Ryan Reynolds, Fred Savage, Jason George, Ryan Seacrest and Jeremy Renner.   
Participants in the 5k Run/Walk at Universal Studios may experience many of the iconic motion picture scenes that populate the Universal Studios Backlot including Amityville Island from Jaws, The Courthouse House from Back to the Future, the War of the Worlds plane crash and the village of Whoville just to name a few. There will also be several sponsored booths with free samples and tips on how to face the sun safely, and popular food trucks will be on site with refreshments. 
This year Amgen, Dr. Omid Hamid and The Angeles Clinic Foundation, Rox Cancer Center and Skin & Beauty Center return as event sponsors. The Kissick Family Foundation is a new sponsor for the 2014 event. Skin & Beauty Center will provide event attendees with free onsite skin screenings. Detecting melanoma when it's early enough to treat could mean the difference between life and a life-threatening illness.
Top fundraisers and team builders for this year’s 5k are eligible for a number of fun and exciting prizes, including Panama Jack cruiser bicycles.
Register now for the 2014 Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk! This event will soon sell out. To participate:
  • Register for the Miles for Melanoma 5k to be held at Universal Studios in Hollywood on May 4th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Click here to register.
  • Create a fundraising team and a personalized fundraising page
  • Share the page and a fundraising goal with friends, family, and social networks
Visit the MRF’s Miles for Melanoma website, or follow @CureMelanoma on Twitter for more information about special guests, prizes and activities during the event. 
About Melanoma
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and can strike men and women of all ages, all races and skin types. With a one in 50 lifetime risk of developing melanoma, nearly 77,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with the disease in 2014, resulting in 10,000 deaths. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25- to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15- to 29-years-old. 
The majority of melanomas occur on the skin; in fact, melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer. Melanoma can also occur in the eye (ocular, or uveal melanoma), in mucous membranes (mucosal melanoma), or even beneath fingernails or toenails. 
About Melanoma Research Foundation
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 an active advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. The MRF’s website is the premier source for melanoma information seekers. More information is available at www.melanoma.org. Find the MRF on Facebook and Twitter.
Media Contacts: 
Wendy Zocks
Wendy Zocks Public Relations
310-600-5776 (mobile)
Lauren Smith Dyer
Communications Manager
Melanoma Research Foundation
202-870-8827 (mobile)