Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund
""You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt
August, 2011
In This Issue
Marathon Teams
Major Steve Ochs
Bob Marsh
5k Registration Open
FDA: new sunscreen regulations and approval of second melanoma drug
4th of July Parade
Website Links
"This run's for Jack" 5k
October 16, 2011
Registration Open 
Help us save lives
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Dear Friends:


A little something to reflect on ... a passage from the book A Race Like No Other written by Liz Robbins and shared by a member of Jack's Marathon Team.   



"They all have a reason why they participate in the race, whether they run to live or they live to run.

They run with mothers and fathers, with brothers and sisters, with husbands and wives, or they run with their memories.

They come to outrun their demons and their diagnoses.

They run with members of a team, sometimes tethered together by an invisible shoestring ... 


They run to suffer so others will not."



This short paragraph embraces the heart of Jack's Team and the 1500+ runners and walkers who participate in the Melanoma 5K ... like the Jack's Team member who shared the story, perhaps you see yourself in these words too.

In this and subsequent newsletter, we will focus on the inspiration and passion that comes from each story, highlighting the reasons they run.

We hope you will find it in your heart to support a Jack's Team runner and/or join us at the Melanoma 5k in October - Registration is now open.

With gratitude and hope,
Sharon Marston


Jack's Marathon Team   


They run in honor or memory of loved  ones ... or they themselves are melanoma survivors.  Each has a unique story and a personal goal supporting the Jack's Fund Mission.

T0 find the individual runners' stories or to support them click on the MARATHON logos below. 



Bank of American Chicago Marathon  Chicago 1/2 marathon logo  


new york marathon logo 


Jack's Team members return: Jennifer Marston, running in memory of her father, training to compete in BOTH the BAC Chicago Marathon and the ING New York Marathon this year.   And, Victoria Noland, a Glenbard West "game-on" scholarship winner, runs again to help raise funds for melanoma.  Victoria also welcomes her brother David to Jacks Team 2011.


To support Jennifer, please click here.
To support Torie and David,  click here.
Next month ... more individual stories.
Steve Ochs  Two Athletes - Two Marathons
Both to Honor "The Major" Steve Ochs


Melanoma seems to rob us of the best of the best.  


This year, Eric Baker is running the Marine Corps Marathon and Justin Glancy is running the Chicago Marathon. Both are running in memory of Major Steve Ochs, who impacted each of their lives greatly.


Eric says,  

"This past November I lost a dear friend, Steve Ochs, to melanoma after he fought a courageous battle. Steve was just 51. He retired as a Major in the United States Marine Corps after 23 years of service to his beloved country. It is hard to find the right words to describe Steve, but selfless, loyal, and dispenser of good advice are a good start. My desire is two-fold. The first is to honor Steve's life. The second is to raise money for melanoma research and awareness through Jack's Team.  Steve was truly one in a million.  It's hard to put into words what a good man he was." 


Justin shared this message about Steve:

"To say that Steve Ochs had an impact on my life is an understatement. He was a true gentleman, a true friend and a great role model for all those he came in contact with. My second "dad" was also a marathon runner.  I ran my first marathon last year (2010) after he encouraged and helped me train. It would be an honor to represent him and Mr. Marston by running in my second Chicago Marathon."


Steve Ochs' devotion to family, competitive spirit, never give up attitude and ability to inspire the best in others are qualities that are strikingly similar to Jack Marston. We at Jack's Fund believe that, had they known each other, Jack Marston and Steve Ochs would have been good friends.


We are honored to have Eric and Justin on Jack's Team.   


To see more of their inspiration and to support them, go to Eric Baker's Page and Justin Glancy's Page.



Bob MarshRobert Marsh:  1974-2011
Relentless Determination. Perseverance. Inspiration.

We say goodbye to a close friend and supporter of Jack's Fund.  Bob ran the Chicago Marathon for Jack's Team in 2009 and in 2010 he was the official starter for our 7th annual "This Run's For Jack" 5K Melanoma Run/Walk.


He kept in touch throughout his treatments and, this spring, when Bob stopped by our booth at the Shamrock Shuffle, we celebrated the fact that he was running again. In fact, he had planned to run with Jack's Team for the Chicago Half Marathon and then the Chicago Marathon.  


Bob's relentless determination and perseverance will always be a source of inspiration. Bob made it his mission to make a difference in the fight for others.  Here is an excerpt from Bob Marsh's Jack's Team fundraising webpage:


  "I ran for Jack's Team in 2009 and stopped running until the Chicago Shamrock Shuffle in April of 2011. I've committed to Jack's Team because I've personally been under Dr. Richard's care and found this organization to be truly first class.  I don't want anyone to suffer from Melanoma the way I had to. Any research into preventing the disease as well as basic awareness can save lives. There is a reason why I've survived so many times with this disease and that is to help others. Help me stop the suffering and save lives by supporting my come back training for the Chicago Half-Marathon and the Chicago Marathon in October."


Click here  to see Bob's full message and donation page


Thanks to Jack's Team member, Tom Johnsen, Bob will continue to make a difference in the fight. Tom will run the Chicago Marathon wearing Bob's number. When Tom learned that he had an opportunity to join the team and run for Bob, he responded without hesitation, "It would be my honor." Click here to read Tom's Story. 


5k course 

"This Run's For Jack"

A race of hope and healing  



October 16, 2011, 8:00 AM Start

~fighting melanoma every step of the way~   

Rated one of the best 5k courses in Chicagoland.

Long sleeve shirts, skin checks, melanoma family tent, food, music, chip timing,  

click here to learn more.  


2011 SPONSORS:  Sponsor contributions help to offset race costs, allowing 100% of a participant's donation to fund melanoma research and awareness programs.    


Sponsorships of $500 or more places your company logo on the back of our longsleeve t-shirt worn all over the country - on college campuses, at ski resorts and endurance events (just to mention a few).  Please consider a sponsorship. Help us help others!  For more information, please click here.    


WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS:   To volunteer, please click here. 


FDA Sunscreen Regulations

Any product that is not Broad Spectrum, or that is Broad Spectrum but hsunscreen bottlesas an SPF between 2 to 14, will be required to have a warning stating that the product has not been shown to help prevent skin cancer or early skin aging.   Click here to read more.

FDA Approves 2nd Melanoma Drug

"This has been an important year for patients with late-stage melanoma. Zelboraf is the second new cancer drug approved that demonstrates an improvement in overall survival," said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the Office of Oncology Drug Products in the FDAFDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "In March, we approved Yervoy (ipilimumab), another new treatment for late-stage melanomaClick here to read more. 


2011 4th of july-24th of July Parade

On a very sunny and hot afternoon, 2,500 sunsceens were handed out to thankful families along the parade route.

A special note of thanks to Jack's Fund volunteers who walked in the parade.

A fun and sun safe 4th of July was enjoyed by all!

Watch for us again next year!

Free UV

"This Run's For Jack

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and receive a free UV Wristband.
  • Registration must be $20 per person or more to qualify. 
  • Please present coupon at packet pickup. 
  • This coupon is non-transferable. 
Expires: October 1, 2011