Melanoma Know More (MKM) is approaching its 11h year of striving for a world free from the threat of melanoma. We are committed to educating the people of Greater Cincinnati about the devastating impact of melanoma.
Melanoma is currently the fastest growing form of cancer. It is the most aggressive and potentially life-threatening type of skin cancer. The incidence of melanoma is increasing at an alarming rate. Currently, 1 in 53 people will have an invasive melanoma, and this is expected to increase to 1 in 50 over the next year. While only 3% of all skin cancers are melenoma, approximately 80% of all skin cancer-related deaths are due to melenoma. It is the most common cancer in young adults aged 25-29 years. Anyone, regardless of skin color, can develop melanoma.
By the end of 2016, we will have screened over 900 people and made over 300 referrals to local dermatologists for follow-up at our FREE monthly skin cancer screening clinics. We have successfully distributed materials and sunscreen to thousands of people at events such as Melanoma Awareness Day on Fountain Square, Kings Island Kicks Cancer, and at various community and corporate health fairs and events throughout the city. We continued a pilot project to provide education and awareness at local schools, which includes encouraging students to sign Melanoma Know More’s No Tanning Promise. We will award a local area school district with a sun-shade structure for their school campus as a result of their strong efforts promoting sun-safety. We will present our annual research grant of $20,000 to a very deserving recipient at our annual meeting in December. We hosted the 10th Annual Blues Event at Kenwood Country Club in July and raised over $100,000. We were a beneficiary of the Kings Island Kicks Cancer campaign for the third year and received $40,000 as a result of this amazing opportunity. Additionally, we were able to connect with over 22,500 people who directly supported this initiative by purchasing Kings Island Kicks Cancer soccer balls from passionate volunteers with the hope of winning a brand new car! We recruited over 125 volunteers as well! Over 100 participants joined Team Melanoma Know More for the 2016 Flying Pig Marathon weekend and other endurance events, which raised over $40,000. We helped to purchase a UV lamp for the University of Cincinnati, which is used for research initiatives. We created the Greater Cincinnati Melanoma Warriors Support Network with the purpose to connect patients and their families with one another. We are also excited to announce that we have also hired two new part-time employees: an administrative assistant and a program coordinator. This will really help us expand our reach and increase awareness!
We are proud of our current 2016 successes and want to move towards 2017 in a strong position. However, our work is not done. It is urgent that we continue to reach those who may not know the risks of melanoma and to support those with a melanoma diagnosis. MKM is passionate about making a difference by:
- Providing free skin cancer screening clinics in collaboration with area hospitals and dermatologists
- Support patients through the Greater Cincinnati Melanoma Warriors Support Network
- Awarding our annual medical research grant
- Providing educational and community outreach to young adults and children
We can only accomplish these goals with your help. Please support Melanoma Know More with an annual gift today.
Every contribution is meaningful. Give generously so Melanoma Know More can give the citizens of our community a fighting chance against the world’s fasting growing form of cancer.
MKM Board President
To make an “offline donation,” please mail your donation to:
Melanoma Know More
Attn: Annual Fund Campaign
10945 Reed Hartman Hwy, Suite 309
Cincinnati, OH 45242
If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Blair at 513-364-6653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.