Miles Over Melanoma 2012
"Records are made to be broken"
We hoped we would grow this year. We hoped we would reach more people. We had no idea we would break records the way we did on May 12th at Queeny Park in St. Louis, MO. 1,000 registrants. Multiple groups of 30 plus people gathered in honor of a melanoma fighter or in memory of a melanoma angel. We expected the 5th Annual Miles Over Melanoma to be special, but as the day went on, everything exceeded our expectations.
The breathtaking pictures prove it. The line of walkers seemed endless. The bonding of families who share in this fight was amazing. The fight against melanoma is tough. It's tough for patients. It's tough for families and friends of fighters and angels. It's tough for doctors to develop treatments for this complicated cancer. But we are united and determined to make our mark on melanoma.
We will make that mark in part by continuing to spread the word about prevention and detection. As usual, and not to jinx the future, but the weather was fantastic. Temperatures were in the upper 70s with partly sunny skies. Our M.O.M., Inc. was so pleased to watch hundreds of people putting on sunscreen all day long. And Dr. Wayne Breer, dermatologist, was busier than ever in the Detect Booth. Yes, we had more people, but this also means more people are paying attention to their skin. We are succeeding with our messages of prevention and detection.
We also continue our mission to impact research. On display were checks showing our most recent contributions to research. We are proud to report we gave $30,000 to melanoma research at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in 2011. We also displayed a check for $5,000 representing a recent donation to the Melanoma Research Foundation. We were honored to hear words from Dr. Gerald Linette, chair of the Melanoma Research Fund, and Dr. William Harbour, grant recipient from the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Our M.O.M., Inc. created this event as a way for patients, families, and friends to gather together for a meaningful afternoon, while supporting this great cause. This year, Our M.O.M., Inc. added a slide show featuring pictures from previous events, as well as pictures of melanoma survivors, fighters, and angels. In addition to that, the 1.3 mile loop was lined with signs featuring their names and pictures. Members of Our M.O.M., Inc. also paid tribute to these individuals by saying a few words to the crowd. Participants were so appreciative of the special attention Our M.O.M., Inc. paid to their loved ones.
All of this could not be made possible without our close family and friends. We are so grateful to them for volunteering their time. They worked so hard at registration and the educational booths. Our volunteers also served lunches and drinks throughout the day, and Squeeze Out Cancer also provided fresh squeezed lemonade. We kept everyone entertained with music playing all day, and we even invited Fredbird to make an appearance.
The hard work paid off. Record-breaking numbers of 1,000 registrants, and we raised $60,000. We cannot thank our sponsors enough for their generous support. It was a great day for everyone, as you can read from the participant feedback. Looking forward to breaking more records on May 11, 2013!