Proceeds support melanoma research, community outreach, education and patient care in Arizona.
Media Contact: Anna C. Christensen, UA Cancer Center, 520-626-6401, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oct. 15, 2018
TUCSON, Ariz. – The University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute at the UA Cancer Center will present the ninth annual Melanoma Walk on Saturday, Nov. 3, on the UA Mall, 1209 E. University Blvd. Activities begin at 3:30 p.m. and the walk starts at 5 p.m.
The walk is family- and pet-friendly and includes prizes and giveaways, music, food, a silent auction and activities for kids. Registered participants will receive a “goody bag” and food. Before the walk, the UA Skin Cancer Institute will offer free screenings and spot checks from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. — first come, first served. Visitors need not be registered for the event to receive free screenings.
Proceeds from the walk directly support melanoma research, community outreach, education and patient care in Arizona. The UA Skin Cancer Institute’s goal is to raise $75,000 to help fight melanoma.
Advance registration is $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 10-14 and free for children 9 and younger. Participants also may register as a “Skin Cancer Prevention Friend” (SPF) for $125, which provides one walk registration plus membership in the SPF program that supports the Institute’s prevention and cure activities.
Several teams already have started raising funds to fight melanoma. To register for Melanoma Walk 2018 or make a donation toward this year’s fundraising efforts, please visit www.fightmelanomatoday.org.
Presenting sponsors for Melanoma Walk 2018 include Desert Toyota of Tucson, Skin Spectrum, Hornaday Development and Banana Boat.
“Melanoma Walk is a truly inspiring event. Every year, people come together in support of our mission to prevent and cure deadly melanoma skin cancer,” said Lisa Quale, health educator at the UA Skin Cancer Institute. “We’re so lucky to have so many people supporting our important work in melanoma research, prevention, education, patient support and community outreach.”
About the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute
Founded in 2005, the UA Skin Cancer Institute at the UA Cancer Center is the only skin cancer organization of its kind that unites patient care, research, outreach and education into one entity. The UA Skin Cancer Institute serves as a model for community-based skin cancer research and care in the United States and relies solely on grants and donations for operation.
About the University of Arizona Cancer Center
The University of Arizona Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center with headquarters in Arizona. The UA Cancer Center is supported by NCI Cancer Center Support Grant No. CA023074. With primary locations at the University of Arizona in Tucson and at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, the UA Cancer Center has more than a dozen research and education offices throughout the state, with more than 300 physicians and scientists working together to prevent and cure cancer. For more information: uacc.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube)
About the University of Arizona Health Sciences
The University of Arizona Health Sciences is the statewide leader in biomedical research and health professions training. The UA Health Sciences includes the UA Colleges of Medicine (Phoenix and Tucson), Nursing, Pharmacy and Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, with main campus locations in Tucson and the growing Phoenix Biomedical Campus in downtown Phoenix. From these vantage points, the UA Health Sciences reaches across the state of Arizona and the greater Southwest to provide cutting-edge health education, research, patient care and community outreach services. A major economic engine, the UA Health Sciences employs approximately 4,000 people, has approximately 800 faculty members and garners more than $140 million in research grants and contracts annually. For more information: uahs.arizona.edu (Follow us: Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn | Instagram)
Photo: Participants in the 2017 Melanoma Walk. (Mari Cleven)