It was with great honor that on Monday, 02.24.2014, Miles Against Melanoma St. Louis was able to donate $16,000 our proceeds of our 2013 5K race from June 8, 2013 and our 2nd annual trivia night to Dr. Lynn Cornelius together with the other members of the Melanoma Multidisciplinary team at Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes- Jewish Hospital (BJC - The Richard A Crowder Memorial Research Fund) who has a robust clinical and research program in melanoma. Through this program, patients have access to expertise and the latest advancements in all areas of medical care - dermatology, medical oncology and surgical and radiation oncology. When looking locally, I was drawn to Dr. Cornelius' research interest in the pathogenesis of melanoma. More specifically, her laboratory focus in gene dysregulation that contributes to the susceptibility to, and the actual development of melanoma, especially that related to UV light exposure. Recent investigations have also included the molecular bases of the cutaneous side effects of targeted melanoma therapies.
Dr. Cornelius has been an active proponent of tanning bed legislation in Missouri, and skin cancer education in both children and young adults. She was instrumental in developing the SPOTS program where she sends medical students to teach skin cancer prevention to grade school students. Our funds do not go there, but her passion is on the prevention/awareness side and the UV research side.
We just sent $1,000 to MD Anderson and their Melanoma Moonshots Program and several chapters of MAM each donated $150 including ours donated to Kadynce Royer, a stage 3b Melanoma Survivor, as she in her young age is raising funds to travel to Washington DC to speak to Congress about Melanoma.
Our sponsors, supporters, vendors, participants and donors all help enable us to reach these goals. We hope everyone supports our all volunteer organization in 2014 to increase these numbers even more! Let's conquer this cancer!