Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund
"This Run's For Jack"
October 7, 2011
2011 chicago team sign

 Good Luck
Jack's Chicago Marathon Team!   

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.

Too often we hear about another cancer diagnosis affecting family, friends or neighbors and don't know what to do or how to fight back.

Our marathoners connect closely with those who battle cancer and often are battling the disease themselves. 

Running for a cause is their way of making a difference.  Please take a moment to read their personal stories and support their fundraising efforts.   

We are so proud of each and every one of them and wish them great success as they take to the streets of Chicago on 10-09-11.

We will be there to cheer you on!

~Amy Saletta, marathon director 
~Teresa OBrien, marathon team coordinator 
~ Sharon Marston, president
Congratulations Jack's Team
Chicago Half Marathon
2011 chicago half team
The 2011 Chicago Half Marathon was run on the memorable
  tenth anniversary of 9-11 and a small but
mighty group of 6 runners  raised over $2000 in conjunction 
with their half marathon effort.  
We enjoyed meeting all of our runners including Mike Ripberger (NM), 
Carrie Lewis (IL), Julia Lederhouse (IL) Maureen Soso (IL), Tom Johnsen (IL), 
Tori Willis (IA) and special guest runner, Christine Guenther (PA)


2011 Chicago Marathon Team
"Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it." 
~Winston Churchill
In memory of Paul Lamar Odum
Each year we ask our runners to share with us and each other what drew them to Jack's Team and what motivates them to run the marathon this year.  Here are a few of their stories. 

Bridget Elliot Seng, Atlanta, GA 

My own diagnosis with melanoma came when I was 20 years old. It was the summer before my Senior year at Notre Dame and I really only remembered two words from the phone call from the doctor's office that day. Cancer and surgery. I was scared and my family did their best to not be scared in front of me. That was 15 years ago. I am thankful every day for early detection and quick treatment. Last year I signed up to run my first 5k...  


Justin Glancy, Huntington, IN

I am running the Chicago Marathon on October 9, 2011 in Memory of Steve Ochs. Steve passed away last November after battling Melanoma. 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. He was a true Marine and I loved him dearly...


Molly Brown, Ankorage AL and Katy Brown, Charlotte, NC 

.. in honor and memory of our cousin Ted. Ted passed away on August 15, 2011, after a four-year battle with Stage IV Melanoma. He never backed down.  To know Ted was to love him. The same can be said for Ted's incredbile wife, Stacy. Ted also leaves behind three small children - Luke, Shannon and Samantha.



 Click here to read the full versions.  

Strength. Passion. Focus.


Click here to support a team member's fundraising goal   
shoe angel balloons
Jack's Fund Rally Station at
 Old St. Patrick's Church 

Join us again at the corner of Adams and Des Plaines to cheer for Jack's  Marathon Team - Look for the Angel Shoe balloons!
This is the halfway point (13.1 miles) of the marathon, so the team will be looking for our support as they tackle the next 13 miles. 

Thank you to Old St Patrick's Church for their continued support and partnership with Jack's Fund.
Jack's Fund Booth at Chicago Marathon Expo


Endurance athletes are at high risk for melanoma.  While melanoma isn't the most common type of skin cancer, it is the deadliest and it is the fastest-growing cancer among people 18-29, according to the Women's Dermatological Society.  Stop by our booth at the Health and Fitness Expo to pick up some sunscreen, a UV wristband or just to say hi.
The Bank of America 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 booth 2010Jack's Team Booth is #1049  
Expo Location, Dates and Times:

McCormick Place Convention Center
Lakeside Center, Hall D
*2301 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60616

  Friday, October 7, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Jack's Team - New York City
new york marathon logo

Our  Largest New York Team to date is comprised of 32 athletes who have 
each set ambitious fundraising and finishing goals. Our  November Newsletter will 
highlight Jack's ING NYC Marathon Team.

Click here to support the team's fundraising goal.  
teresa@jacksfund.org for additional information.
5k run / walk 
Sunday October 16th, 8AM
Ackerman Park, Glen Ellyn

Runner's Awards, Challenging 5k Course, Free Skin Screenings, Melanoma Family Tent, Food, Coffee, Massage, Music, Kids Zone, Team Challenge Prizes, Shuttle and much more!
5k course

Avoid long lines on race morning.
RegisterSignmeup.com online now and pickup your packet on Saturday at Ackerman Park from 9 am - 4 pm.