Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund

"Do something better with the time we are given ... I WAS here!" ~Lady Antebellum March, 2012
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Jack's Team
Why they run ...
Can we make a difference in the fight against the beast? 
You bet we can!  Education and awareness programs save lives. 

Jack's Fund March awareness events have generated a tremendous response. 

This winter and early spring have taken us to Willowbrook, York and Glenbard South High Schools, the Morton Arboretum, and we've had the privilege of spending the day speaking to all health classes at Glenbard East HS.  Our awareness presentation opened their disease unit with a focus on the number one cancer in young adults and the link between tanning beds and melanoma.

Additionally, Jennifer Marston, organized and presented an awareness program to 1,000 middle schoolers and 100 educators at Thomas Jefferson in Louisville, Kentucky.  An awesome, life changing day! 

March also moves us closer to spring break ... please remember to pack sunblock for the whole family.  Yes, it can be a pain to apply (and reapply), but it's worth it - be a good role model for your children!

Lastly, please get your skin checked before heading out to the ski slopes or beach fronts. If you live in the Chicago area we invite you to visit our free skin check event at Health Track in Glen Ellyn on Saturday,  March 17, from 9-11 am .

Thank you for your support as we continue to battle the beast.

Sharon Marston Sig  
Snow (and sand) reflect dangerous UV rays - protect
your skin and eyes
Free Skin Screening at HealthTrack Sports Wellness

Saturday, March 17
9 am - 11 am

875 E. Roosevelt Rd., Glen Ellyn, IL

Special thanks to Shannon Morrow,
Dermatology Assoc. of LaGrange
The screening is free and open to the public. 
The visual screening is not intended to replace a thorough
skin examination.

Expo booth 2010
Volunteers always welcome
contact amy@jacksfund.org
Shamrock Shuffle
The Health & Fitness Expo

Running the Shuffle?  Stop by our booth! 
Free sunscreen and info on all our Team events.

Friday, March 23, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location:  Navy Pier

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

Parents: Be Good Role Models
FACT:  One blistering sunburn early in childhood increases their chances of developing melanoma later in life.

FACT: Contrary to popular belief no one is born with freckles but may be born with the tendency to develop them.  Sun exposure is what makes freckles develop, both on and beneath the outer layer of skin.  Click here to read more from the AAD "LISTEN to you skin." (Takes a minutes to load document.)
Jack's Fund to Provide Shade Structures at College of Dupage Early Childhood Center

As part of our long term mission, Jack's Fund Board of Directors recently approved a funding request for two shade structures at the College of DuPage Early Childhood Center. 

The first structure should be erected by early spring.  We are honored to protect these little ones as they play.
Sharon Marston and
 Dr. Richards
Chicago Melanoma Education Symposium
Save the Date: Sept 30, 2012

Leading melanoma specialists, Dr. Jon Richards and Dr. Adam Riker, are scheduled to host an educational symposium in Chicago for melanoma patients and the people who support them.
Jack's Fund is collecting community questions and concerns to pass on to the two presenters. Please click here to send us your thoughts.

Topics to be discussed include emerging therapies, the importance of clinical trials and innovations in research.
2011 Gala
Board of Directors at Derby for Life Gala 2011
Jack's Fund Honored at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Gala
November 19, 2011

An honoree at the 2011 "Derby for Life" Gala, Jack's Fund Board of Directors, Sharon Marston, Jennifer Marston and Mark Valentino accepted a plaque from hospital president, Anthony Armada, inscribed with the following:

"In recognition of their exceptional leadership and dedication to Lutheran General Hospital"

Jenn, Greg, and friends
Thank you for supporting Jack's Team

Jack's Marathon Team Program Experiencing Tremendous Growth


Thanks to Greg Forkins and Jennifer Marston, Jack's Team has added two additional marathons to our 2012 line-up.


Greg will be running the Eugene marathon in Oregon and Jennifer is heading up a team for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon/Mini Marathon. 



Additionally, plans for the Jack's Team 2012 line up include:


Chicago Inaugural Women's Half Marathon - June 24

Chicago Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon - July 22

Chicago Half Marathon - Sept 9

Bank of America Chicago Marathon - Oct 7

ING New York City Marathon - Nov 4


Did you have another race in mind? Choose your own and start a team.   Join Us! 

BUT ...  We have post-close entries!! 
2012 Marathon Goals Card
5k course
"This Run's for Jack" 2009
"This Run's For Jack" - 9th Annual
SAVE THE DATE:  October 14, 2012 

Proceeds from the 5k benefit research, awareness, healing and scholarships approved by Jack's Fund Board of Directors.

To Date: $300,000 has been disbursed to cutting edge melanoma research efforts.  $24,000 to scholarships, $100,000 to healing, education and awareness.

This year, Jack's Fund will focus on awareness and healing ... specifically, survivorship programs focused on caregivers and those battling the disease - healing the mind, body and soul.
Our Mission Statement:  "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."