Melanoma March is a nationwide event and a chance for everyone to help end melanoma. As AMRF’s annual awareness and fundraising initiative, Melanoma March supports life-changing melanoma research.
Melanoma March has continued to grow year-on-year and is now a collaborative effort between MIA and AMRF giving the campaign a truly national reach.
As Melanoma March at Henley Beach was cancelled, we held Melanoma March Virtual on Sunday March 29.
Thank you to all who took part in the Virtual March event. You can share your photos and videos on the wall – click here for more details.
We wish to Thank and acknowledge our Top Fundraisers & Teams for 2020.
- Gloria Dennis – R Dennis for Life.
- Brett Laing- Marching For Anthony
- Karen Stock – Team Sam
- Rae Nunan – In memory of Ted
- Dianne Fisher – Di’s Dynamos
- Michelle Coombe – Ocular Melanoma Omies
Here is a message from Julie Calvert, CEO AMRF.
Melanoma March Sunday 22nd March 2020
MELANOMA MARCH – CANCELLATION OF ALL EVENTS
Statement from Melanoma Institute Australia CEO Matthew Browne
Due to the escalating impact of COVID-19, and in the interests of the health and safety of all participants and attendees, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining Melanoma March events nationally.
This decision has not been made lightly, however protecting the health of our dedicated community members and their families who run and attend these events, many of whom are cancer patients, is paramount.
We will be offering full refunds for registrations, and will provide further information shortly regarding that process.
We are planning to hold a virtual Melanoma March event on Sunday 29th March to enable our community across Australia to still come together as we have done for Melanoma March for the last 9 years. We will provide more detail regarding this in the coming weeks.
My sincere apologies and thanks particularly to our volunteer committees who work tirelessly to put on their local Melanoma March events every year.
We couldn’t resist featuring Maggie in one of our new bandanas!
Research is making a difference
In recent years, research breakthroughs have tripled the life expectancy for advanced melanoma patients… We are making progress, but we need your support to help find a cure!
Each year, funds raised from Melanoma March support a research project of national significance:
- More than $1,250,000 was raised in 2016 and 2017 to support ‘Big Data for Melanoma’, a project that will ultimately transform the way patients are treated by shining a research light on melanoma care.
In 2015, $630,000 was raised for the Australian PDX Melanoma Project (AXMAP) that aims to unravel melanoma’s genetic secrets.
- Funds from 2014 were used to establish the ABC Clinical trial – a ground-breaking trial that compares the use of various immunotherapies in patients with melanoma that has spread to their brain. Some patients who once were given just months to live are now surviving longer than a year, some up to five years.
- By supporting Melanoma March, you will fund vital melanoma research to help end melanoma.
Melanoma March Adelaide 2019
This year’s March at Henley Beach was a celebrated success:
- registration income increased by 70%
- attendance increased by 43%
- fundraisers excelled with their supporters and contributions
Jay Allen, his family, friends and fellow walkers began their ‘longest march’; and most importantly families, friends gathered in remembrance of loved ones or to support those living with melanoma.
Top Three Individual fundraisers:
- Brett Laing raised funds in memory of his brother Anthony.
- Tara Kenny raised funds in memory of her good friend Donna Stringer.
- Jenny Dickson raised funds in memory of Anne Scanlan
Top Three Team fundraisers:
- ‘Doing it for Donna’ – Donna Stringer was a mother, Granna, sister and friend to many.
- ‘Marching for Anthony’ – Anthony Laing was a son, brother and dear friend to many.
- ‘The Fishep Fighters’ created by Dianne Fisher who is setting targets on her Yellow Brick Road as her way of looking forward and achieving special future days.
Congratulations to all Melanoma March fundraisers.
Professors Georgina Long and Richard Scolyer gave an informative explanation on the national collaborative research project that will allow researchers and clinicians to personalise immunotherapies for patients, in essence, to match the treatment provided to the patient with the tumour of that patient.
Known as the Personalised Immunotherapy Project, is a great stride towards our mission of zero deaths from melanoma.
All net proceeds raised through this year’s Melanoma March will support the project.