Friends & Family,
As many of you know our father, Jim Bligh, was diagnosed with Stage 2 Melanoma in March. The melanoma encompassed a large portion of his scalp and Dad made the decision to undergo an extensive surgery to remove all the melanoma. Two weeks after surgery, he received the best news, that his margins were clean and the cancer had not progress further. His battle with melanoma is not over! He will continue to be viligant and have his skin and lymph nodes checked every 3-6 months to make sure the cancer does not reoccur. As a way to show our support and to help bring awareness to this disease, we are joining, Miles for Melanoma, and we would love to have you with us!
We hope that you will please join our team, Team Bligh, on October 5, 2019 for a 5k run & walk in Piedmont Park. If you cannot join us at the race, we would truly appreciate a donation towards finding a cure for this disease.
Here is some information-
What is Miles for Melanoma:
Miles for Melanoma is a nationwide series of events that allows participants to support and raise funds for the MRF by participating in a 5k run/walk alongside fellow melanoma patients, survivors caregivers and supporters. Miles for Melanoma events take place in over 15 cities throughout the United States and in 2018 a total of 8,300 participants raised over $1.1 million dollars!
Miles for Melanoma events are a great way to meet others who – like you – want to find better treatments for melanoma. Funds raised by Miles for Melanoma participants support critical research for treatments, and ultimately a cure for melanoma. By participating in a Miles for Melanoma event, you can help make a real difference in the fight against melanoma!
Why Join the Fight Against Melanoma?
· Melanoma does not discriminate by age, gender or race. Everyone is at risk.
· Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in the world, especially in people under 35. It is the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30.
· Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, affecting not just the skin, but can develop anywhere on the body.
· Today, nearly one million people live with melanoma in the United States
· This year, more than 192,000 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma
· Nearly 90% of melanoma re thought to be caused by exposure to UV light
Thank you and hope you can be part of our team!
The Bligh Kids
Mary, Jimmy, Caroline & Elizabeth