Melanoma Research Foundation

Melanoma Awareness Month: Progress is Power

From the desk of MRF CEO Kyleigh LiPira:

May is Melanoma Awareness Month, a time to create awareness about melanoma, teach our community about prevention and celebrate the many survivors and thrivers in our community who are bravely sharing their personal stories to inspire and motivate others.

This year, we are celebrating advancements in support of those impacted by melanoma and recognizing the work that still needs to be done through our 2022 slogan: PROGRESS IS POWER! This slogan truly embodies the historic achievements made, such as the first and only FDA-approved treatment for metastatic uveal melanoma called Kimmtrak (tebentafusp) and a new FDA approval for cutaneous melanoma – Opdualag, the first LAG-3-Blocking Antibody Combination Therapy. But there’s still work to be done!

On Melanoma Monday (May 2) we will launch our award winning #GetNaked awareness campaign which encourages everyone to check their skin each month and see a board-certified dermatologist each year for a full-body skin screening. This year’s campaign features two incredible spokespeople: Monique Mack, Neutrogena’s “In the Sun” documentary participant, acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM) survivor and MRF advocate, as well as Summer Sanders, Olympic gold medalist in swimming, American sports commentator, reporter, television personality, actress and cutaneous melanoma survivor. You can also see this amazing campaign broadcast in Times Square at 1500 Broadway, generously supported by our partners at Bristol Myers Squibb.

In just a couple days, alongside the MRF’s National Prevention Sponsor, Neutrogena, we will be co-hosting a special Tik Tok with Neutrogena Ambassadors, R&B group duo and social media influencers, Chloe & Halle! On Thursdays throughout the month, I invite you to join our "derm-fluencer" Instagram Live series where you’ll see a few familiar faces discussing topics ranging from sun safety, debunking popular dermatological myths and more! Make sure you’re following the MRF on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tik Tok and LinkedIn so you don’t miss any of our Melanoma Awareness Month activities.

We hope you can tune in for a webinar, attend a patient symposium, come walk or run at a Miles for Melanoma 5K or take a moment to share one of our melanoma facts on social media. You will never know the lives you can change by sharing this important information and encouraging everyone in your community to #GetNaked!

With gratitude,

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Ask the Expert: Care Following an Early Stage Melanoma Diagnosis

If you or a loved one have been recently diagnosed with early stage melanoma, you may have many questions about what happens next. As part of our education and patient support resources offered during Melanoma Awareness Month, the MRF will host a live "Ask the Expert" virtual discussion on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT, sponsored by Castle Biosciences. Bring your questions and join a live discussion and Q&A to cover a wide variety of topics related to early stage melanoma diagnosis, staging, sentinel lymph node biopsies and follow-up care. Click below to register today!

The MRF thanks our partners at Castle Biosciences for their support and commitment to melanoma education and awareness.

Register Today and Ask the Expert!

Attend a Melanoma Patient Symposium in May

The 2022 Melanoma Patient Symposium series is underway with five upcoming events in the month of May offering both in-person and virtual learning opportunities! Click below to learn more about each May event, and visit the Patient & Caregiver Meetings page to see the entire list of upcoming educational events and view recordings from previous years' presentations.

The Miles for Melanoma Season is Here!

The Miles for Melanoma season is here and the first run/walks of 2022 are now open for registration! Click below to visit the brand new Miles for Melanoma website, watch a recap video from last year's events and view the entire 2022 event calendar. If you are part of our Estero, Florida, Washington, DC, Boston, MA, Memphis, TN and Denver, CO communities, registration is now open for your events! Form a team to start fundraising today, and we look forward to seeing you at one of 16 events held coast to coast in 2022!

Miles for Melanoma

MRF Breakthrough Consortium Pilot Translational Award Announced

The Melanoma Research Foundation Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) is pleased to announce that Minah Kim, PhD has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 MRFBC Pilot Translational Award! Dr. Kim's proposal is titled Identification of angiopoietin-2/Tie signaling molecules as a predictive biomarkers for ICI resistance in melanoma and will elucidate a possible mechanism of immune checkpoint inhibitor (ICI) resistance in melanoma patients as well identify possible biomarkers of response.

The MRF is proud to advance the field of melanoma science by supporting the most promising research conducted by investigators at all stages of their careers, from medical students to established, multi-institution investigator teams. To learn more about MRF research funding, previously funded projects and upcoming grant opportunities, please visit the MRF Research Grants page.

Attend the Denver Gala!

On September 15, 2022, join the Denver melanoma community at Infinity Park Event Center to celebrate courageous patients and survivors, honor the physicians and researchers leading the way to improved treatments and unite under our shared belief that PROGRESS is POWER. At the Denver Gala, Neil Box, PhD, Visiting Associate Professor of Dermatology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, will be honored with the Humanitarian Award for his academic leadership and commitment to new advances in melanoma research. Catherine Carretero, MD, of Lower Highlands Dermatology will be presented with the Excellence in Prevention Award in recognition of her dedication to skin health, sun safety and melanoma prevention. The Compassionate Care Award will be presented to Krista Treichel RN, BSN, from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Center for Rare Melanomas, for the compassion and commitment she has shown to patients in her care.

The Denver Gala will be an unforgettable evening of celebration, inspiration and commitment to further progress towards a world free from melanoma. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now available; click below for more details about the event and purchase your tickets today!

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Upcoming Events


  • August 7, 2022: Miles for Melanoma Cleveland
  • August 20, 2022: Miles for Melanoma Twin Cities
  • August 27, 2022: Miles for Melanoma Philadelphia
  • September 18, 2022: Miles for Melanoma New Jersey
  • September 25, 2022: Miles for Melanoma Chicago
  • October 1, 2022: Miles for Melanoma New York City
  • October 8, 2022: Miles for Melanoma San Diego
  • October 29, 2022: Miles for Melanoma Los Angeles
  • November 5, 2022: Miles for Melanoma Atlanta
  • November 13, 2022: Miles for Melanoma San Francisco

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