Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund

"It is only when we forget about ourselves that we do things that are likely to be remembered."  ~conventional wisdom 

April, 2011
In This Issue
Greg Runs Vancouver
Chicago Half Marathon Free Entry
Join the Team - Bank of America Chicago Marathon
ING NY Marathon
Your Donation Makes a Difference
SAVE THE DATE: "This Run's For Jack" October 16
Website Links
Help us save lives
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May is Melanoma Month

Dear Friends:


All too often, we hear about another cancer diagnosis touching family, friends or neighbors and don't know what to do or how to fight back.  Since 2005, Jack's Team has provided a platform for individuals to join the fight.  Our teams have raised over $350,000 for melanoma research, awareness and healing.  


Jack's Fund marathoners connect closely with those who battle cancer and frequently are battling the disease themselves.  Running for a cause is their way of making a difference.  Each year,  Jack's Marathon Team overflows with stories of strength, passion and focus (SPF), brave individuals taking on the challenge for a number of inspiring reasons.  


Please take a moment to consider running the Chicago Half Marathon, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon or the ING New York City Marathon on behalf of Jack's Fund.   


If an endurance event is not on your list, please consider supporting a runner by donating to their effort or volunteering for the Jack's Team Programs.  


We are so proud of each and every one of our Jack's Team members and wish them great success as they "fight melanoma every step of the way."


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Sharon A.  Marston
President - Jack's Fund


Greg Runs The BMO Vancouver Marathon - May 1, 2011! 

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Greg Forkins has created a "one man" Jack's Team and has, to date, raised over $1200  for Jack's Fund in conjunction with his Vancouver Marathon race.  Special thanks to Greg and over 40 of his family and friends for their support. Have a great run Greg!


"I was a part of Jack's Team when I ran the 2007 Chicago Marathon, and it was a great experience. So much so where I can't imagine running another marathon without doing it for Jack's Fund."

If you would like to donate to Jack's Team-Vancouver.

Click here to support Greg.




If you are interested in an endurance event and would like to form a team, please email Teresa@jacksfund.org. 

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      FREE ENTRY  



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Join Jack's Team and receive free race entry, free fundraising assistance, a Jack's Team tech shirt and other benefits.  We ask each member to commit to fundraise a minimum of $325 (that's just $25 per mile!) in support of Jack's Fund. 

Running on Jack's Team adds meaning and purpose to your training, plus friendship and support on race day.  JOIN US! 


To learn more about the team and  

to register click here.  


Bank of American Chicago Marathon

We Have Entries for the "SOLD OUT"  

Bank of America Chicago Marathon  

Register Now! 



Did you miss the registration deadline?  We have your entry!  Join Jack's Team and raise funds for melanoma research and awareness programs.  

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

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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 and to SIGN UP, go to our team page


If you already have an entry you are welcome, too!


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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.  

Once the race lottery is drawn, Jack's Team will have official Charity Entries to award to runners who did not gain entry through the lottery.  Sign up to reserve your entry.

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



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Thank You For Your Continued Support.


"We envision a world where every adult and child is aware of the risks of melanoma and takes preventative measures; where those who suffer from melanoma receive comfort and healing; and ultimately, where every case of melanoma will be completely curable."

Past Donations

50% - Promising Melanoma Research.

25% - Education and Awareness

15% - Healing  

10% - "Game On" Scholarship    

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.