Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." ~Maria Robinson
May, 2011
In This Issue
Sun Safe Survey
Free Skin Cancer Screening
Scholarship Winner
Melanoma on the rise
FDA approves new melanoma drug
Don't Fry Day
Marathon Teams
Congrats - Greg
October 16 "This Run's For Jack" 5k
Website Links
Help us save lives
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Tanning can be as addictive as smoking.  


Do you know someone who is always tanned?  New research shows that some people who consistently sport the leather look may have a hazardous addiction to tanning.   


When attending high school health fairs or fitness expos, sometimes we hit a nerve with someone and receive comments back such as:  


"No problem ... I tan and never burn"

"Once I get my base tan ... I won't need sunscreen or a hat"   

"No one dies from skin cancer"   


And sadly sometimes we hear ...  

"I was just diagnosed with melanoma ... If only I had known this 20 years ago."  

"Please ... talk to my friend ... she goes to tanning booths all the time." 


More than 2 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year and the numbers are rising.  The American Academy of Dermatology strongly states that there is NO SUCH THING AS A HEALTHY TAN!    


May is Melanoma Month.  Help us change behaviors by bringing awareness to the real facts and dangers associated with tanning.  

This month's newsletter also includes a short survey with questions relating to tanning myths - see how your habits and knowledge compares to others.

Raising Awareness to Change Behaviors and Save Lives!

Sharon Marston
President - Jack's Fund 


sun Sun Safe or Sun Foolish?
Take the Survey and Find Out

Be honest - how often do you really apply sunscreen?

  • At the beach, park or when you'll be outside all day.
  • Every single day.
  • Once in a while, if I think of it.
  • Almost never.


Answers are anonymous. 
Survey results can be viewed by all.

Free Skin Cancer Screenings in May  

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Jack's Fund will again partner with Health Track Sports Wellness to offer free skin cancer screenings during May.  Please sign up in the membership office or contact info@jacksfund.org. 
Pre-registration is required - see flyer for details.

 Click here for Flyer.  


Saturday, May 21

9:00 - 11:00 am

Shannon L. Morrow, PA-C

Dermatology Associates of LaGrange 


Wednesday, May 25

9:45 - noon

Dr. Alix Charles and DuPage Medical Group Staff  

On May 25 ONLY, DuPage Medical will setup their UV cameras so people can view the sun damage on their face.  Estheticians will be on hand to interpret the results. No appointment necessary.    


 On May 7th, Jack's Fund partnered with Lutheran General Hospital to provide a free skin screening in the northwest suburbs.  Thank you Drs. Hallmeyer and Richards for seeing over 80 people on that Saturday morning.   Without question, skin cancer screenings save lives. 

We are pleased to announce the 2011 Glenbard West

"Game On" Scholarship Winner  

Dayle Comerford  

2011 Scholarship

Dayle Comerford, Michael, Matthew and Jack Marston at Senior Convocation May 18, 2011

A four year $1,000 renewable memorial scholarship is awarded each year to a Glenbard West senior varsity athlete who demonstrates a "game on" attitude for life, sports and community service.  To read more about the scholarship click here.

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Who gets melanoma?

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, anyone can get melanoma. Most people have light skin, but people who have brown and black skin also get melanoma.  Some people have a higher risk of getting melanoma. These people have the following traits:


  • Fair skin (The risk is higher if the person also has red or blond hair and blue or green eyes.)
  • Sun-sensitive skin (rarely tans or burns easily)
  • 50-plus moles, large moles, or unusual-looking moles

Melanoma on the rise while other cancers decline. 

Fewer people are getting most types of cancer. Melanoma is different. More people are getting melanoma ...  

What causes melanoma?  

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major contributor in most cases. We get UV radiation from the sun, tanning beds, and sun lamps. Heredity also plays a role ... 


Click here to read more ... 


Exciting News:

FDA Approves new Melanoma Drug

The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug shown to extend survival in people with late-stage melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.  Click here to read more


Don't Fry Day

What will you do on Don't Fry Day?

The Friday before Memorial Day is "Don't Fry Day."
On this day, The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention encourages people to do something that will ...  click here to read on


Chicago 1/2 marathon logo


We are recrcruiting 50 runners for Jack's Team!  Set a fundraising goal of $325 and receive a FREE ENTRY, team shirt and more.  Join us!



Bank of American Chicago Marathon

We have entries for the SOLD OUT

 Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

Join Jack's Team and join the fight against cancer. 






new york marathon logo

Our charity entries are sold out, but we are still recruiting NYC runners who want to make a difference! 


One Man "Jack's Team" Raises over $1500 for Melanoma   

Jenn, Greg, and friends
Greg and Friends
Jack's Team 2007


Greg Forkins ran the Vancouver Marathon in under 3 hours and also went the "extra mile" by pairing his marathon effort with fundraising for Jack's Fund.  Greg said, "I was really happy to be representing Jack's Team internationally and I was thinking about all the support from Jack's Team and the donors while I was running.  It helped keep my spirits high!" 


Greg ... you keep our

spirits high with your enthusiasm and generous spirit.  



If you would like to support Greg, 

Click Here 


5k course

"This Run's For Jack"

Save the Date:  October 16, 2011

Rated one of the best 5k courses in Chicagoland.


Last year - raised $50,000 to support melanoma  

awareness and research efforts.


5K Registration opens in July.


For a list of 2010 Sponsors, click here. 


Sponsors offset the cost and allow 100% of participant's donations to fund research and awareness efforts.

Contact us if you are interested in a sponsorship this year.