How we connected at Melanoma March Virtual 2020
21 April 2020
We could not have asked for a better start to Melanoma March 2020 with superb events in Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast on Sunday 1 March. The following weekend a beautiful twilight gathering was held in Devonport on Saturday evening and then on Sunday inspiring events took place on the Central Coast and in Western Sydney, where participants demonstrated yet again that a bit of rain would not dampen the community spirit of Melanoma March.
After such a wonderful start it was then so disappointing when we made the decision to cancel our remaining 19 physical events, due to the escalating impact of COVID-19. We know what Melanoma March means to our community, so instead we created Melanoma March Virtual so that everyone across Australia could still come together (even if in a different way), as we have done at Melanoma March events for the last 9 years. We wanted people to still be able to honour loved ones and support each other.
It was so heart-warming to see how everyone embraced Melanoma March Virtual with enthusiasm. The creative ways in which people took steps whilst still social distancing was inspiring! Activities included bushwalking, bike-riding, backyard soccer, dog-walking, dancing, gardening, scooter-riding, stepping, horse-riding and even a morning tea party! Thank you so much to everyone who shared their pictures, videos and stories, and thank you to everyone who supported by donating over $310,000 to melanoma research. We hope, like us, everyone could feel the connection and support.
Watch the Event Welcome video below and see more of the activities on our Melanoma March Facebook or Instagram page.
Melanoma March 2020 Principal Partner is Ricky, Australia’s leading supplier of technical textiles and sun control fabrics.
“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared."
MIA's Co-Medical Director, Professor Richard Scolyer, has achieved a Google Scholar h-index of 100.
We know what Melanoma March means to our community, so when we had to cancel our physical events, we created Melanoma March Virtual so that everyone across Australia could still connect to honour loved ones and support each other.
A must-read personal account by Garry Maddox in The Sydney Morning Herald of how immunotherapy is revolutionising melanoma treatment.
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.