Welcome to my Miles for Melanoma Fundraising Page!
This fall I am running my sixth marathon -- and my third with Miles for Melanoma -- in Richmond, VA. I have run each marathon with Miles for Melanoma in memory of father, Richard Kieran, who was diagnosed with stage IV melanoma in February 2002 and passed away that May.
Melanoma is one of the most common forms of cancer in the United States; according to MRF, "In 2009 nearly 63,000 were diagnosed with melanoma in the United States, resulting in approximately 8,650 deaths," and that number is rising. In the decade since my father's death, though, there has also been incredible progress in cancer research (book plug -- everyone should read Siddhartha Mukherjee's fantastic _The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer_). People with cancer diagnoses like my fathers are no living longer, healthier lives, and the remission rate is higher. But nearly 9.000 deaths a year are too many, and more research needs to be done.
That research takes money. You can help by making a donation of any size.
Thanks, and don't forget your sunscreen.