Jack H. Marston Melanoma Research Fund
"How far that little candle throws his beams!  So shines a good deed in a weary world." 
~ William Shakespeare

December 2012
Season's Greetings
~ Thank you ~
"This Run's For Jack" Elite Sponsors




~ Sponsors ~
8 years running
Clune Construction
Drs. Ariano & Gray Dermatology
GCG Investments
Glen Ellyn Park District Healthtrack Sports and Wellness
ITW Dymon
Orange Crush, LLC Packaging World/Summit Media
Viator International
Special Thanks 
Meredith and Andy Kocur
Vision 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.

Dear Friends:

With the holidays upon us, we want to take a moment to give thanks for our many blessings and send wishes for a wonderful holiday season.  We are especially appreciative for the gift of your amazing generosity and continued support.

We are proud to report that collectively this year Jack's Fund raised $120,000 for melanoma research, awareness and survivorship programs.  

Members from Jack's Marathon Teams raised $68,000.

Contributions supporting the ninth annual "This Run's for Jack" 5k totaled $52,000.

When you have time, browse through the pictures from the 2012 5k, Chicago and New York Marathons.  Witness the powerful gift of healing in the shared tears, smiles and hugs.  

By coming together to fight this disease, we do make a difference.  For this, we are truly grateful.

On behalf of all of us at Jack's Fund, may you have a beautiful holiday wrapped in warmth, touched with wonder and filled with love.

Sharon Marston,
The Jack's Fund Board of Directors,
and TRFJ Committee Chairs

This Run's for Jack 2012 
"The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it"  ~C.C. Scott  

Perfect weather for a 5k welcomed 1400 runners and walkers and 200 volunteers to
Ackerman Park in Glen Ellyn for the 9th annual "This Run's For Jack."
Thanks to all who made this year's event a huge success! 

TRFJ2012 Medalists
Men Overall Medalists
Jeff Purdom 16:28 
Jack Billings 18:40
Kalen Yeager 18:50

Women Overall Medalists

Elizabeth Tumpach 20:18
Jillian Blondell 20:56
Janie Nabholz 21:58

Click here for complete race results

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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Celebrating the 10th annual.
Registration opens in late August.

Team Challenge 2012
Living and Loving for Linda

Miles for Big Mike

Record Number Sign Up for
5k Team Challenge
Team Challenge had 20 teams 
and over 400 participants!  

A record was set this year by a team with the most participants - "Ronnie's Pit Crew" with over 140 participants!

Team Captain: Jen Diomar wife of Ron (Ronnie) Diomar.  Ron Diomar, diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma, completed the walk and joined Jen and family on stage for the award.
The fastest team in the Team Challenge was once again "Hadley Jr. High" 
with 15 participants.  
Team Captain: Abbey Simon

The best team name/most creative  -"Living and Loving for Linda" with over 45 participants, having customized shirts, poster signs and other creative elements. 
Team Captain: Sherrie Klint.

Honorable mention goes to "Miles for Big Mike" - second largest number of team participants with over 65.  
Team Captain: Kris Watson

Family Tent Greets 550
"Build it and they will come"
Family Tent 2012

Family Tent 2012
In 2005, "This Run's For Jack" committee members planned for the first Family Tent, hosting 25 people.  
This year, an incredible 550 family and friends were welcomed by TRFJ Board, committee members and physicians.
The tent serves as a place of respite, offering food, coffee and friendship to those whom melanoma has touched.
Food and beverages were generously donated by Aldi, Ulta Foods, Valli Produce, Einstein Bagels, Village Market, Starbucks, Chef Lisa Westergaard and volunteer bakers.
Raising Awareness and Saving Lives
TRFJ2012skin check tent
Skin Check Tent 2012
Dr. Ariano, Dr. Gray and Staff 
  once again provided free skin cancer screenings
for 5k race participants.
This year the doctors saw 65 people 
 and saved lives by raising awareness
and encouraging follow-up. 
5k Volunteers - Thank you!  

Thank you to the 200 awesome volunteers who woke up early on a damp Sunday morning to share warm smiles and giving hearts.  A special shout of thanks to Parkview Community Church youth group, Glenbard West athletes and TRFJ committee members.

It is your commitment that makes TRFJ a success each and every year!  
More volunteer pictures in photo gallery.
National Anthem
National Anthem
Course Marshals
Course Marshals 

Jack's Team Conquers the
Chicago Marathon


On October 7th, ideal race conditions led to amazing results for our 24 Jack's Team members! 

The Plumb Family


Seven time team member and 16 time marathon finisher, Steve Lutz, PR'd and qualified for his first Boston Marathon. 


His success was among many other Jack's Team success stories. With eight first time marathoners on the team, we are  proud that all of our runners finished this major marathon.  


Each member brings a special purpose to the team and their connection to the fight against melanoma is often very personal.  Whether they themselves are fighting the disease or they are running for a loved one touched by cancer, their strength, passion and focus is what makes Jack's Team so special.  


We thank all of our team members for their 

commitment to the fight. 


To read Chicago Team stories click here.  

To join our 2013 Chicago Team click here



In addition to their athletic success, the Chicago team also raised

  over $34,500 for melanoma research and awareness.

Hurricane Sandy Challenges
 Jack's Team NYC

Resilience is rooted in a tenacity of spirit - a determination to embrace all that makes life worth living even in the face of overwhelming odds. When we have a clear sense of identity and purpose, we are more resilient, because we can hold fast to our vision of a better future.


Much of our resilience comes from community ... from the relationships that allow us to lean on each other for support when we need it ~ wisomcommons.org

Because of the circumstances surrounding the late cancellation of the ING NYC Marathon, many Jack's Team members found themselves in NYC ready to run with no race. True to the spirit in which they joined the team, they met this news with representative grace and determination.  
2012 NYC Marathon
Tom Johnsen and Claire Cochrane


Since many of our team are from far corners of the nation, they gathered for a team dinner on Saturday evening and went for a run together on Sunday. 


They dedicated their run to the melanoma survivors and loved ones lost to the disease as well as to the victims of Hurricane Sandy.  


Our team looks forward to returning to New York next year to complete the full marathon.  


We thank this year's team of 12 athletes who raised over $27,000 for Jack's Fund. 


Thank you  Jack's Team for your resilience in response to the terrible tragedy that affected the people of New York City and the other east coast communities.

To read NY team stories click here. 

To join the 2013 New York Team click here.

Eric Baker ROCKS 26.2  

at the St. Louis Rock 'N Roll Marathon


Eric Baker
Eric (right) with JF board members, Jenn Marston and Tom Johnsen


Eric Baker chose to run this race as his own "One Man Jack's Team" as a tribute to his dear friend, Steve Ochs, retired Major in the United States Marine Corps, who lost his courageous battle with melanoma in 2010.


This is the second marathon Eric has run in the fight against melanoma and, to date, he has raised over $4,300 for Jack's Fund research and awareness programs.  


 Congratulations Eric ... and thank you for your dedication to fighting this disease.  


With your tenacity and determination

 you are making a difference. 


To support Eric's fundraising efforts

click here 

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putting more Thanksgiving in it.
No sooner does Thanksgiving end, than the chaotic shopping season begins --- a month-long compulsion to buy something.  Anything.  For everyone.  We're pressed.  We're stressed.  And we waste time and money on gifts that might have little meaning. Consider giving people donations to their favorite charities. And request that they give a donation to your favorite charity. 

Source:  Justgive.org (Guidestar 501c3 charity: The Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund EIN#20-1363653) 
500 pictures to view - click on flickr button below
~ Thank you for all the photos ~
Tom Johnsen, Mary Johnsen, Tia Simon and Juan Ortega
Start Line, Finish Line, Team Challenge, Families and Volunteers

View our photos on flickr
Rooftop healing garde
Jack's Fund rooftop healing garden looking out from chemo bays at Lutheran General Hospital
Watch for Future Newsletter Articles 
  • Cross-Fit Fundraising Event on April 21 (Park City) -Denver, Colorado.
  • 10th Annual TRFJ Celebration
  • High School Health Fairs
  • Corporate Wellness Events
  • Free Skin Checks