Fighting Melanoma Every Step of the Way
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This is my first marathon. I became inspired this year to run the 2018 Chicago Marathon with Jack's Fund after talking to my friend and teammate, Melissa. She lost her grandfather to melanoma and has run for the past 2 years to honor him. When I told her I had always wanted to run a marathon, she told me all about this wonderful group and said, "If not now, when?". Two other friends, Mary Ann and Mark know Jack's family personally as Mark played football with Jack years ago. My sister in law lost her father to melanoma several years ago, my little niece and nephew did not get the chance to meet him. I am honored to be a part of this team to help fight this terrible disease.
According to the American Cancer Society, the rates of melanoma have been rising for the last 30 years.The number of new melanoma cases in 2018 is projected to increase to 91,270 as compared to 2017 (87,110 cases); 2016 (76,380 cases), and 2015 (73,870 cases). It is estimated that there will be 9,320 deaths from melanoma. (5990 men / 3330 women) in 2018.
JACKS FUND MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
"We envision a world where every adult and child is aware of the risks of melanoma and takes preventative measures; where those who suffer from melanoma receive comfort and healing; and ultimately, where every case of melanoma will be completely curable."
Our mission is to realize this vision by raising funds and providing programs to raise awareness, fund research and promote healing.
Thanks for visiting and helping this wonderful cause.