Marching in the twilight
26 March 2018
Week four of Melanoma Marches were sparkling, literally, with Picton and Brisbane’s first twilight March on Saturday and Sunday evening respectively. Port Macquarie and Bathurst were held in traditional morning fashion, but were also huge successes.
Brisbane was sparkling with nearly 800 participants attending marching along. The aptly named Goodwill Bridge was covered with fairy lights, adding to the ambience as Marchers passed underneath.
Picton’s Twilight March was graced with a musical duo, welcoming participants with familiar tunes and providing entertainment throughout the afternoon. Picton Botanical Gardens was an excellent location, with the community rallying a jumping castle, coffee and slushy machine, photo booth and face paint for the kids. Not only did 100 people attend, there were a lot of people sharing their melanoma stories.
The inaugural Port Macquarie location was smaller in numbers but that didn’t stop them from raising over $3,500. Every dollar counts and we are so appreciative of the support for all of our 21 locations around the country.
Bathurst was bursting with support from people Marching together to help end melanoma. The local media was there to showcase the event and it was a huge organisational success. The people of Bathurst have, so far, raised nearly $10,000 for The Big Data Project. This project is about saving lives lost through system failure: not all patients obtain care that follows best practice. A national register of key outcomes in melanoma will enable everyone with a stake in melanoma prevention, detection and care to see where improvement is needed, and enable us all to learn how to change care for the better.
We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the community. So thank you all; for donating, for participating and for raising awareness about Australia’s national cancer.
It’s not over.
We still have Melanoma March Perth to go, and fundraising is still open for another four weeks. Melanoma March is our biggest fundraising and awareness campaign. It is a time to reflect, commemorate, remember and recognise those affected by melanoma.
On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.
Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.
Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.
Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.
Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.
Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.
It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.
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.
Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.
Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.
Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.
We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.
An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.
Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.
Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.
It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.
MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.