MAC welcomes the Shade Foundation
We are happy to welcome our newest member, The Shade Foundation of America. The Shade Foundation of America was founded with the simple truth that through the education of children, parents and educators, along with community involvement, we can prevent the spread of melanoma. The Foundation promotes sun safety education and awareness by hosting community events and engaging families and educators in educational programs. The Foundation annually sponsors the National Sun Safety Poster Contest, in which children from kindergarten to eight grade create illustrations depicting sun safety practices. The winners of the contest are flown to D.C. for an awards reception attended by Members of Congress and representatives from Administrative agencies. By promoting the adoption of simple and daily sun safety habits, we can prevent kids from ever undergoing the painful and expensive treatments needed to remove skin cancer.
Now we are 20...
We have fallen behind in welcoming new members. Here are the most recent additions to our membership rolls:
Blackout Melanoma educates, advocates, and provides resources to secure a generation free of Melanoma.
Jason Farley All In For A Cure Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was established in May 2014 in Loving Memory of Jason Farley who passed away at the young age of 30 from Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma.
• We are dedicated to raising awareness to the public about the dangers of tanning bed use and over exposure to the sun.
• We are advocates of legislation supporting safety and restrictions of UV exposure from tanning devices.
• We are committed to raising funds for melanoma research for Mass General Hospital and other organizations with hope of one day finding a cure.
• We also provide financial assistance to individuals in need, that have been affected by melanoma.
SolSurvivors Oregon is a network of melanoma survivors, family, and friends who are passionate about raising awareness for melanoma, providing peer-to-peer support, and facilitating the involvement of patients and their loved ones in the design of melanoma research. We coordinate community events to educate patients and their families, advocate for sun safety, and are working closely with researchers at Oregon Health & Science University to wage a War on Melanoma.
MAC also welcomes new Associate Member Victoria Siegel. Victoria is a professor of Nursing at Molloy College in New York.
We look forward to working with our two most recent members...
The Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation funds research, raises awareness and educates the community about melanoma -- the deadliest form of skin cancer.
MAC is pleased to welcome our newest member, the Melanoma Foundation of New England. MFNE was founded in 1999 by Mel and Marilyn Rubin in memory of their son Mark who lost his battle with melanoma. MFNE’s mission is to reduce the incidence of melanoma in the New England region. We provide a variety of educational programs targeting the prevention and early detection of skin cancer and melanoma for both children and adults. MFNE also assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering support groups, educational programs, and Billy’s Buddies, a one-on-one patient advocacy and support program. These programs are all free. A Medical Advisory Board and Board of Directors comprised of business people, health care professionals, and leading melanoma specialists provide guidance to MFNE. Our fundraising events provide funding for education and support programs aimed at prevention, early detection and support.
We are growing again...
MAC is pleased to welcome our newest member, March4Meg. The mission of March4Meg is to fight melanoma by increasing awareness, offering educational programs and raising funds for the melanoma program at Advocate Christ Medical Center. In addition, financial resources will be utilized for other related melanoma prevention programs as well as financial support to melanoma patients and their families. March4Meg is based in Chicago, IL
MAC is pleased to welcome our newest member, the Long Island-based Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign.. CCMAC began in 1998 in response to the death of an exceptional thirty-year-old woman named Colette Marie Brigid Coyne. Realizing there was little awareness regarding the danger of skin cancer on Long Island, this foundation was established through the efforts of those touched by her life.
Colette Coyne Memorial Melanoma Foundation dba CCMAC is dedicated to:
MAC members' summer and fall events
MAC member foundations have been busy these past few months with fundraisers and outreach. Here is a sampling of what we have been doing:
Two hundred and fifty supporters of the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation gathered in September at Garden City Country Club for their 15th Annual Golf Outing, Dinner and Auctions. Twenty-five foursomes were able to compete in a Texas scramble format despite early rain showers. Guest speakers at the dinner included Tim Hawkey, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Area 23, the NYC health advertising company that organized the “Free Killer Tan” campaign and Laura Colwell, also of Area 23. Funds raised will enable the foundation to continue to fund programs to increase awareness for melanoma prevention, provide information and services on skin cancer detection, and support melanoma patients through education on the latest treatments.
Moving for Melanoma of Delaware's 8th Annual 5K Run/Walk at the Riverfront in Wilmington, DE attracted more than 900 participants and raised over $76,000. Participants formed fundraising teams and joined in a morning of fun and good times while honoring or remembering their loved ones. Sponsors included DOLE, Pepsi, Johns Hopkins, Horizon, Delmarva Power and many more.
The Peggy Spiegler Melanoma Research Foundation held its 7th annual Walk/Run in June with 350 participants and its 4th annual golf outing in August with 116 golfers. Funds raised support educational programs and melanoma conferences at Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania and The Cooper Cancer Center at MD Anderson in Camden.
The White Aisle Foundation hosted two “Rebecca’s Birthday” celebrations in September, a cocktail party with silent auction and raffle in Boston and a Fall Harvest Fest in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. Both events combined fundraising, sun safety awareness, and fun. In addition to raising funds for the Rebecca Garrison-Sokoloff Melanoma Research Endowment at Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center in Boston, attendees picked up sun safety literature and sunscreen samples, bid on items including sun protective hats and cover ups, and were updated on the latest advances in melanoma research.
A new coalition is born
The Melanoma Action Coalition was formally launched today! Read our first press release:
August 4, 2015…The Melanoma Action Coalition (MAC) announced its formation today to mobilize melanoma foundations and the community at large into a cohesive organization to combat melanoma through prevention, awareness and research. With strength in numbers and utilizing unique skill sets in public relations, advertising, public policy and consumer behavior, MAC will be a formidable force in the cause of preventing death from melanoma.
The founding members include:
· Defeat Melanoma/Jeff Dulude Melanoma Foundation, Phoenix, AZ
· The Enright Melanoma Foundation, Summit, NJ
· Larry’s Legacy – Sunflowers of Hope, Media, PA
· The Live4Life Foundation, New York, NY
· Melanoma Know More, Cincinnati, OH
· The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, Garden City, NY
· Moving for Melanoma of Delaware, Middletown, DE
· The Peggy Spiegler Melanoma Research Foundation, Cherry Hill, NJ
· The Promise Foundation, Ridgewood, NJ
· The White Aisle Foundation, Baltimore, MD
· Meyer “Skip” Grinberg, Pittsburgh, PA
All of MAC’s founding members have suffered a loss or been touched by this horrific disease, melanoma. From this grief has emerged a passion to prevent others from going through the same tragedy. Melanoma patients and their families are invited to join our community to help defeat melanoma. The medical community, business community, and media are also asked to join our fight.
Watch out melanoma, we are coming to get you!
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