Melanoma March is your chance to help end melanoma. As Melanoma Institute Australia's annual awareness and fundraising initiative, Melanoma March supports life-changing melanoma research.
How it started
Established in 2012 in Sydney, the inaugural Melanoma March was initially a local event to honour those who had died from melanoma, while also providing an opportunity to raise vital funds and awareness.
The event quickly grew, becoming a national initiative of MIA and the major annual awareness and fundraising campaign to support ongoing melanoma research.
Melanoma March has continued to grow year-on-year and is now a collaborative effort between MIA, melanomaWA, Australian Melanoma Research Foundation and Skin & Cancer Foundation Inc. giving the campaign a truly national reach.
Melanoma March is your chance to:
- Remember those lost to melanoma,
- Support our dedicated researchers; and
- Inspire all Australians to help end melanoma.
By participating in one of our national Melanoma March events or by organising your own activity, challenge or event to 'Move for Melanoma', you can support our research and move us closer to a cure.
Melanoma March is a fun community event where participants can walk or march along a short course to raise awareness and funds for research. Join a Melanoma March event in one of 17 locations near you.
Move for Melanoma
We can't hold Melanoma Marches in every location around Australia, but that doesn't mean you can't Move for Melanoma anywhere in the world to unite against melanoma and raise awareness and funds for research. Organise your own group activity or personal challenge to get moving in March.
Research is making a difference
In recent years, research breakthroughs have tripled the life expectancy for advanced melanoma patients… We are making progress, but we need your support to help find a cure!
Each year, Melanoma March enables MIA to support initiatives which see researchers working together in a focused way. Projects must have “national significance” and aim to deliver better outcomes for Australians with melanoma wherever they live.
2016 - Big Data for Melanoma
Our 2016 Melanoma March raised $850,000 with funding supporting 'Big Data for Melanoma', a project that will ultimately transform the way patients are treated. It will map and track melanoma care through a new national register, so that we can understand how to ensure anyone treating melanoma, anywhere in Australia, has access to the tools and information that will deliver the best care.
2015 - Australian PDX Melanoma Project
In 2015, $630,000 was raised from Melanoma March. Through a rigorous process of selection, the Australian PDX Melanoma Project (AXMAP) was chosen, to be run out of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.
This project aims to unravel melanoma's genetic and biological secrets. Understanding why only some patients respond to treatment is critical to increasing patient survival. Our colleagues at Peter Mac are using this funding to develop laboratory models of cells from patients with different types of melanoma, especially ones where treatment options are limited.
By using melanoma cells directly from patients, these models can be much better at predicting treatment results. Once developed, the cells will be used by researchers all around Australia to help find more effective therapies for melanoma patients.
2014 - The Australian Brain Collaboration
Our 2014 Melanoma March raised $550,000. Funds were used to establish the Australian Brain Collaboration (ABC), a ground-breaking clinical trial that compares the use of various immunotherapies in patients with melanoma that has spread to their brain.
Running since 2014, 4 major melanoma centres in Australia are now actively recruiting – MIA (NSW), Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre (VIC), Princess Alexandra Hospital (QLD) and Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). The study is showing promising early findings, with patients who once were given just months to live now surviving longer than a year.
By supporting Melanoma March, you will support researchers across Australia to work together to end melanoma.