Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund

"The best and most beautiful things in the world

cannot be seen or even touched - they must be

felt with the heart."  Helen Keller

February, 2011
In This Issue
Join the Team - Bank of America Chicago Marathon
ING NY Marathon
Shamrock Shuffle EXPO
This Runs For Jack - Save the Date: October 16
Marathon Running Camp
Indoor Tanning FACTS
Quick Link
Picture Gallery
new pics from 2010 
Help us save lives
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Make no mistake:

Health Fairs Save Lives


February and March are busy months for high school health fairs.  On Monday, February 28, we are looking forward to talking with Glenbard West students at their Live Life Well forum.    


With prom season and spring break right around the corner, one of our focuses will be on the dangers of indoor tanning.  The statistics are just frightening - Indoor tanning may increase a teens risk for developing melanoma by 75%.    


ParentsKnowing the risk, do you allow your teen to tan?


At the health fair, we will hand-out actual stories shared by families and teens diagnosed with melanoma and their struggles.  In addition, we will have sunscreen wipes for athletes to keep in their spring sports bag (donated by ITW) and free skin screenings provided by a local dermatologist.    


Our goal at the end of the day is to have 500 teens sign a pledge promising to be sun safe and stay away from indoor tanning.   


Risk vs. Reward - It is ultimately their choice and yours.  Yet, we hope to change a few behaviors and perhaps save a few lives.  


If your school, business or club would like to schedule Jack's Fund for a health fair, please contact us at info@jacksfund.org.


Together, we can make a difference,

Sharon Marston Sig

Sharon A. Marston 



Bank of American Chicago Marathon

Registration at RECORD PACE for

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon - Join Us!


If you're planning to run the Chicago Marathon in October,

now is the time to sign up!   



We invite you to also join Jack's Team and raise funds for Melanoma research and awareness programs.  During open registration, first register for the race and then go to the Jack's Team Registration page to sign up for the team. 

Jack's Team is comprised of runners from all over the country, some running for

chi team pic tent 2010

the first time, others with more experience,  but all focused on making their marathon more
meaningful by joining together in the fight against melanoma. 

For complete details about Jack's Team, go to our team page



new york marathon logo

We are currently recruiting Jack's

Team runners for the NYC marathon

Join Us! 

...this marathon was truly an experience of a lifetime...I know we were all running this race for various reasons, but I, for one, loved being part of Jack's Team and finding a true purpose in my running.  Melanoma truly is "a beast" and I find some comfort in channeling my energy towards something positive -- in the hopes that, one day, melanoma may not claim so many lives.  I was so proud to run this race for my dad and for Jack's Fund. My family teases that I ran the entire 26.2 with a smile on my face -- grinning all the way to the finish (4:32).   ~ member of 2010 Jack's Team NYC



If your name is in the lottery and you would like to run on Jack's Team, register today.   If you are lucky enough to get a spot through the lottery, you will still be on Jack's Team.  

If you miss getting in through the lottery, your Jack's Team registration will give you priority for one of our official Charity marathon entries. 

No matter how you gain entry to the marathon, you will be making a difference in the fight against melanoma.   JOIN US!



2010 marathon boothBank of America Shamrock Shuffle Expo 

Look for our Angel Shoe at the Shamrock Shuffle Expo in April.

We'll be there to kick off the running season by handing out sunscreen wipes to all runners and their families.

 Dates and Times


Friday, April 8, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location Navy Pier, Exhibition Hall A


The Health & Fitness Expo features more than 75 exhibiting companies, offering the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. 


Visit us at the booth and sign up for Jack's Fund 2011 teams.

5k course"This Run's For Jack"
Save the Date:  October 16, 2011

Rated one of the best 5k courses in Chicagoland.


Last year we raised $50,000 to support melanoma awareness  

and research efforts.


5K Registration opens in July.

Exciting new opportunities for runners and sponsors!

Watch for more info in coming newsletters.

Mark's Running Camp Marathon Running Camp
hosted by Coach Mark

Start your marathon training now with one of
our supporters and favorite motivational coaches.

Click on poster for more information.
Date:   Saturday, March 5
Time:  7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Download pdf of poster.

Fake Tan: Real CancerIndoor Tanning: The Issue


Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a known human carcinogen and is classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a group one carcinogen, in the same category as tobacco and tobacco smoking.  


It is further known that UV radiation levels in indoor tanning devices can be up to 15 times greater than what one would be exposed to outdoors.  


Additionally, recent studies at Wake Forest University and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have shown that frequent tanners exhibit some of the same characteristics as other substance abusers.


Click on poster to learn more.