Community Fundraising January Wrap-Up
7 February 2020
The first month of the year is over already and the time has come again to recognise the incredible work of our community fundraisers. Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.
You might remember Jenny Keck and her Bayview Country Picnic from our #fundraiserfriday late last year. Just before Christmas in 2018, Jenny’s daughter-in-law Amanda was diagnosed with melanoma. Jenny hosts a backyard music festival every January to raise money for a worthy cause and this year, the backyard music festival raised $1411 for MIA! Big thanks to Jenny, Amanda and MIA's Speakers Hub speaker Kristy Roberts for helping make the day a huge success.
The staff at Bub’s Famous Fish & Chips in Nelson Bay wore specially designed Game On Mole shirts throughout the month of January to promote melanoma awareness and their fundraising initiative where $1 from every fish and chips sold was donated to MIA. A big shout out to Joanne Howarth and her team at Bub's who will keep us updated on the fundraising total.
The Maudsland Market in QLD chose MIA as the beneficiary of its monthly charity raffle in January. Along with the usual range of fresh produce, plants and other goodies, they raised $270 for MIA and raise awareness about melanoma. Thank you to Adrienne English and all who participated!
Another of our wonderful community fundraisers you may have seen highlighted on #fundraiserfriday is Renee Marchment. She completed her 6to6 swim at Crescent Aquatic Centre in Crescent Head. Renee took on the challenge to swim from 6 pm to 6 am to help raise awareness about melanoma as well as funds for MIA. Not only did Renee raise over $16,500 for melanoma research, but she was named ‘Citizen of the Year’ in the 2020 Crescent Head Australia Day Awards! Thank you and well done, Renee.
Also on the food theme, Fullerton Health in Cardiff hosted a two-day bake sale to celebrate Australia Day and raise funds for MIA. We thank everyone there, and all our devoted community fundraisers, for their continued support.
Five years ago Julie Randall was diagnosed with melanoma and was given months to live. The melanoma had spread throughout her body. The doctors said it was incurable and she’d be lucky if she survived the next nine months. Julie, a patient at Melanoma Institute Australia under Professor Georgina Long was placed on an experimental drug trial. To watch the entire program, visit 9now.com or click here.
Meet our latest Surgical Oncology Fellow, Eva Nagy, to find out more about life as a surgical oncologist, why she came to MIA and what she hopes to achieve.
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Researchers from MIA will present their latest research findings to the world’s largest oncology conference in early June.
Australian researchers pioneer life-extending treatment for advanced melanoma patients with brain tumours
Australian researchers are the first to demonstrate that patients with advanced melanoma which has spread to the brain can have increased life expectancy and possibly even beat the disease.
Melanoma March 2017 - that's a wrap! Thank you to everyone that helped make it happen.
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MIA is proud to be celebrating an important milestone – the 60th anniversary of melanoma research and Australian-led global efforts to find a cure.
Research achievements by MIA were celebrated at the annual Sydney Medical School recently.
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Wyong Rugby League Club Group has joined forces with Melanoma Institute Australia to help end melanoma for future generations.
Melanoma research has reached a milestone with the 10,000th patient giving their permission for their blood and tissue samples to be used in the world’s largest melanoma biospecimen bank.
MIA's researchers and clinicians are in Seattle, USA, today sharing their research findings at the prestigious Society of Surgical Oncology’s Annual Cancer Symposium.