Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund
The future depends on what we do in the present. - Mahatma Gandhi
October, 2009
Coach Marston
In This Issue
"This Run's For Jack" Registration
JACKFM 104.3
5k Race Day Schedule
Jack's Marathon Team - Chicago
New York Marathon
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When the Glen Ellyn community lost Jack, a loving father, coach to hundreds of children and avid runner in July of 2004, it was time to put grief into action.  In less than six weeks friends and family organized the first
"This Run's for Jack" 5K Run/Walk.
     Jack led by example in all areas of his life - family, church, community and business.   Had he survived his battle, he would have been the one leading the fight against melanoma. 
 Jack's Run reflects Jack's qualities of determination, tenacity, compassion, competitive spirit and sense of fun.  In his memory, we honor all those whom melanoma has affected.  We embrace the melanoma community and strive to offer a place of hope and healing while together we fight this deadly disease.
         The 5K race is called "This Run's for Jack," but today also includes: Amy, Mike, Andy, Bob, Jill, Chris, Bill, Tim, Christopher, Therese and the countless others who have lost their lives to cancer and for the many others currently fighting and determined to beat this disease.  
        It is in the face of this battle, we see grace and an example of Strength, Passion and Focus that drives us to continue in this fight. 
Thank you for your continued support,
Sharon Marston and the 2009 TRFJ Committee

"This Run's For Jack" 2009
Join us for the 6th Annual 5k Run/Walk    
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October 18, 2009
8:00 a.m.
Free Private Skin Checks by local dermatologists,
Kids Zone, Hot Breakfast,
ChronoTrack timing tag, USATF Certified Course, Music, Awards,
Long Sleeve Shirt (limited number ordered),
Family Tent for families touched by melanoma.
As it has been from the start, "This Run's For Jack" is a unique donation race.
Donations support melanoma research and awareness programs.
Please give serious consideration to your amount.  Your contribution makes a difference!
Register Now to guarantee a t-shirt.
 Tune to JACKFM the week before the run to hear updates about "This Run's for Jack" during the morning broadcast.
JACKFM will also join us at Ackerman Park in Glen Ellyn on October 18 to hand-out gatorade and prizes !!
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Sponsors help to offset the cost of the race so that your donation can support melanoma research and awareness programs throughout the year.   
It's never too late to sponsor, please click here for sponsorship opportunities.
"This Run's For Jack" 5k
Race Day Schedule for October 18, 2009
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6:00 - 7:15 am Registration and Timing Tag Pick-Up
7:30 am Welcome and Announcements
7:45 am Warm Up 
8:00 am Start
9:00 am Party at the Finish Line
9:15 am Awards Ceremony
Click here for a pdf of the race brochure.
Back Again this year:  Team Challenge
Click here for Parking and Course Map.
Note: Waivers MUST be signed for all participants.
Jeff first place 2008VOLUNTEERS needed at "This Run's For Jack"
Planning for the 5k actually starts in January with committee leaders finalizing decisions and updating material throughout the spring and summer months.
We are grateful to have so many wonderful volunteer committee leaders.  Without their patience and attention to detail, there would not be a "This Run's For Jack."
 Please take the time to tell them this year how much you appreciate all that they do! 
On race morning, over 200 volunteers gather and work their magic at registration, on the course, serving food, setting up at 5:00 am,  as parking facilitators, stage mc's, etc.
If you would like to help out at the 2009 "This Run's For Jack" and join this exceptional group of people, please click below and the link will take you to a sign up form.
Jack's Marathon Team - Chicago
strength . passion . focus . 
On October 11, 2009, Jack's Marathon Team joins 45,000 runners on their route through Chicago.  This year, our team is the biggest yet, with 42 runners.  Top fundraiser, Andy Smith, is dedicating his race to his brother-in-law and sister-in-law and has raised over $4400 for melanoma research and awareness. In Andy's words:

"I'm inspired to run  because of Dave... his ability to battle this cancer and still be a pillar of strength for his family and friends makes my run like a walk in the park. I'm also dedicating this run to my sister-in-law, Alicia, who has supported and guided Dave's battle every day with her unconditional love and unwavering strength.  My hope for running this race is not only to raise money to help find a cure for this disease but also to raise awareness regarding the implications of the sun, your body and cancer."

We applaud all of our Team and their efforts to raise money and awareness for melanoma.  Thank you for lending your support and prayers to this special group of athletes. 
  To donate and learn more about this year's team, click here.
 Join us again at the corner of Adams and Des Plaines (across from Old St. Patricks church) to cheer on Jack's  Marathon Team.  If you would like to volunteer to help with Jack's marathon team, please click here.
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Jack's Team volunteers at the marathon cheer station 
Jeff first place 2008We are honored to partner with the Chicago Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society.   Together, we will be handing out free samples of Aveeno SPF 55 sunscreen to all marathon runners and their families. 
Also at our booth, meet Mark Buciak, 30 time Boston Marathoner.  Mark will be available to give last minute tips and answer questions.
The Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo annually hosts more than 175 exhibitors featuring the newest designs in running gear and shoes, as well as the latest developments in sports fitness and nutrition.  
Expo Location, Dates and Times
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McCormick Place Convention Center
North Building Hall B1
2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616

Friday, October 9, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 Join Jack's Team
Entries still available!

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Meet the Team!  Click here

Join the Team!  Click here

Run for Jack's Team and make a difference in the fight against melanoma.