Los Angeles and Washington, DC – The Melanoma Research Foundation will host its 5th Annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on May 1 at 8:00 am on the Universal Studios Backlot. The event raises awareness of melanoma and critically-need funding for melanoma research, education and advocacy efforts.
Participants will have the opportunity to run by scenes from Gilmore Girls, Jaws, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Bruce Almighty, Spiderman 2, the War of the Worlds plane crash and the village of Whoville, as well as have the opportunity to meet and have photos taken with movie characters like the Despicable Me Minions. The finish line expo includes entertainment, free skin screenings with tips on how to prevent melanoma and live safety in the fun, prizes and more!
Registration is currently open! Last year’s race sold out so do not delay in signing up. To register and more information, visit http://join.melanoma.
Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and can strike men and women of all ages, races and skin types. With a one in 50 lifetime risk of developing melanoma, nearly 74,000 Americans are expected to be diagnosed with diagnosed with Stage I-IV melanoma and another 63,000 will be diagnosed with melanoma in situ – totaling nearly 137,000 total diagnoses. 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 the 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.