Melanoma News Round-Up, May 17

So much exciting news as we pass the halfway point of Melanoma Awareness Month!

ICYMI we shared our new video highlighting MRA’s collaborative approach to melanoma research and raising awareness.


We also shared Jamie’s story as she expressed ‘the reality of “surviving” stage IV melanoma.’

Next Tuesday, May 20, two exciting events will take place:

Finally, here are a few highlights of the melanoma news coverage this week:

10 Things to Know About Melanoma via ABCNews

A bittersweet story about a young mother of two who lost her husband to melanoma when he was only 28 via Delaware State News

A melanoma survivor tells teens to “rock the skin you’re in,” use sunscreen & avoid indoor tanning via WOWT

Blood biomarkers may enhance melanoma detection potentially reducing the need for invasive skin biopsies via MedicalXpress

‘Michelle’s Melanoma Army’ educates teens on skin cancer via The Anniston Star

Encouraging results for nivolumab in hopes of raising survival expectations for advanced melanoma patients via BMS News





Ready. Set. May!

Rounding up all the highlights from the first week of Melanoma Awareness Month!

Melanoma Awareness Month is here and we’ve got tons in store this month.  Check out MRA’s new video “Progress for Patients” below.   If you like it, share it!  And don’t forget to celebrate Melanoma Monday on May 5th by engaging with MRA on social media!

USA Today offers up some tips to prevent melanoma just in time for May!

Scotland looks to curb tanning bed use as skin cancer rates continue to climb via BBC

Lea Michele Urges You to Wear Sunscreen in New Melanoma PSA (VIDEO)via WetPaint

May Day via SeattlePI

American Idol Live! tour to kick off June 24 via USA Today

Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Jedd Wolchok Describes Stunning Success of Cancer Immunotherapy in Scientific American Feature via Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Safe Sun Style: Guest Post from Meg of SPF Love

It’s a common misconception that sun safety is not fashion-forward.  Our guest blogger and May ally SPF Love begs to differ.

Meg of SPF Love

I’m honored to be guest blogging for MRA.  I started my journey over a year ago when I decided to start SPF Love one sleepless night.  I’d been looking for a creative outlet, and a place to make a mark.  On this particular night it became clear and I never looked back.  Initially I needed to convince myself that I could still live a beach lifestyle but do it safely.  My past is full of sun-filled adventures and brown skin, but a brush with melanoma in 2008, confidence in my personal style, and maturity changed all that.


I never run out of content on the safe sun lifestyle, from the most stylish rashguards to sunless beauty tips.  SPF Love’s audience has grown organically as there is definitely a changing attitude toward sunning and sun safety these days.

I found the MRA early on, when doing some research on melanoma-related charities. Coincidentally I had just been to a Bruce Springsteen show and so my relationship with the Danny Fund began.  The Danny Fund is a program of the MRA that raises melanoma research funds and awareness in memory of the E Street Band’s Danny Federici.  From a holiday shopping fundraiser at Letarte Swimwear to donating a portion of the proceeds of all SPF Love tees to the Danny Fund, I’m so happy to be making a difference with the MRA.

This summer, in addition to spreading the word about this truly avoidable disease, treat yourself to SPF Love! You can continue into my blog to see some of my favorite sun safe goodies!

Have an amazing and safe summer everyone.  Please join me and help spread the love!

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MRA & Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma Video Series

MRA is holding its 2nd annual Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma event next week in NYC.  Our friends at Privcap produced a series of videos featuring people from the leveraged finance community who have been touched by melanoma.  You can visit Privcap to see the full series, read the press release or buy tickets.