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, 2012
In This Issue
Don't Fry Day May 25
Free Skin Cancer Screenings
Scholarship Winner
Marathon Teams
Congrats - Derby Team
Internship Opening
Sponsor "This Run's For Jack"
Tanning Bed Legislation
Our Vision
Website Links
"Like Us"

 Tanning in the News 


With all the news and tragic pictures surrounding "tanning mom" as well as the many legislative tanning bed initiatives around the country, we thought it was important to again address the subject of recreational tanning.    


Fortunately, due to all the press related to this truly sad story, society is beginning to realize tanning is not associated with "affluence" and beauty ... but quite the opposite.  Simply put, tanning can be as addictive as alcohol and tobacco.      


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 maintains -- THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A HEALTHY TAN (or base tan).        

May is Melanoma Month.  Help us change behaviors by bringing awareness to the real facts and dangers associated with tanning.  Please be the one to bring and share the sunscreen or the shade umbrella.     




Sharon Marston


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Don't Fry Day

Tomorrow, 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 ...


Free Skin Cancer Screenings this Summer  

Health Track Logo 

Jack's Fund will again partner with HealthTrack Sports Wellness to offer free skin cancer screenings throughout the summer.  Please check our website or our facebook page for details on this and other Jack's Fund sponsored screenings around Chicagoland.


We are pleased to announce the 2012 Glenbard West

"Game On" Scholarship Winner  

Madison Nagel

Cross County and Track Athlete

favorite quote "When the race is on ... all bets are off"  

2012 Senior Convocation:  Matthew Marston, Madison Nagel,
Jack Marston, Michael Marston

   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. 


Excerpts from Maddie's essay:  ... According to all the statistics, they should beat me.  My "game on" attitude is knowing that the odds are stacked against me, but I am choosing to be a fighter anyway .... "you may be stronger, but I'm going to beat you" ... it's the little things that allow you to accomplish the big things.  Click here to read full essay. 


Jack's Team - Why They Run...
Jack's Team -
Why They Run...


Jack's Marathon Team

is actively recruiting runners   

Join us!


Three Chicago Area 1/2 Marathons, two Major Marathons or choose your own race. 



Jack's Fund is an Official Charity of: 



2012 Chicago half logo 2012 Women's half marathon  




Bank of American Chicago Marathon  

Bank of America Chicago Marathon

 Join Jack's Team and  

fight melanoma every step of the way. 





new york marathon logo 

We have guaranteed charity spots for those want to make a difference.



Derby Marathon 2012
At the expo
And ... they're off!
Jack's Derby Marathon Team crosses
finish line a winner!

A small but mighty group of Jack's Team runners completed the Kentucky Derby marathon on April 28th. 

Included in the winner's circle:  Jacquline Atkins, Dr. Michael Brame, Tom Johnsen, Jennifer Marston, Victor Millan-Figueroa.

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 Good Luck, Nora   

St. Charles North High School Health Fair 2012


Nora completed her internship with Jack's Fund in May.  Instrumental in coordinating our participation this winter and spring in 15 local high school health fairs and fitness expos: 

  • Nora spoke to hundreds of teens about the dangers of tanning,  
  • sent healthy tips to Jack's Marathon Team runners,  
  • composed and submitted a potential grant to support Jack's Fund awareness programs.  

Nora graduates from Northern Illinois with a Masters in Public Health.  We wish her all the best! 



Interested college students please contact us if you are looking for an internship in the health sciences or non-profit area. 

Where has your Jack's shirt been?
2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

9th Annual "This Run's For Jack"  



Sponsor's offset the cost of the 5k and allow 100% of all participants' donations to fund research and awareness efforts.  

5K Registration opens in August.

Save the Date:  October 14, 2012 


Rated one of the best 5k courses in the Chicago area and now one of the best T-shirts.   


TRFJ t-shirts are worn and noticed ... on the Illinois prairie path, college campuses, airports, endurance events, track meets, church retreats.  Did we miss one?  Send us your pic!   


Thank you 2011 Sponsors, click here.  


Contact us if you are interested in a 2012 sponsorship.


Fake Tan: Real Cancer Save Lives:  ACTION REQUESTED BEFORE MAY 30th !!

Email:  Alderman Debra Silverstein

Statistics show that ILLINOIS has the 8th highest number of new melanoma cases in the United States.

If you live in Chicago, please send a letter of support to Alderman Debra Silverstein for her to circulate to the other members.

Make a difference.  Send Alderman Silverstein an email with your support.

click here for example email
(feel free to add personal story)
 Our Vision:
"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."