Esteemed friends, family and colleagues,
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, accounting for more than 75 percent of all skin cancer deaths. Fortunately, when melanoma is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable. If it is not, the cancer can advance and spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal.
While most chemotherapies provide minimal benefit, exciting breakthroughs in research have been made recently. Just this past year, a new drug was proven to improve the median overall survival of patients to nearly 16 months, far longer than the typical survival of just 6-10 months for most patients whose melanoma has spread beyond the initial tumor site. Although this is a huge gain, there’s still more than can be done for these patients.
As a means to increase awareness and support ongoing medical research, I will be competing in the New York City Triathlon for the Melanoma Research Foundation. The race is on Sunday, July 8th, and consists of a 1500m swim in the Hudson River, a 40k bike ride up the West Side Highway, and a 10k run around Central Park.
I am asking you for your support, to reach my fund raising efforts, with a tax-deductible donation. My goal is to raise at least the minimum of $2.000.00. Any amount of money donated will be gratefully appreciated and will go towards a very worthy cause. With your help, The Melanoma Research Foundation, will reach their goal of finding new treatments and cures for people affected by the deadliest form of skin cancer.
To follow my training experience in more detail, please visit http://timnyctraithlon.blogspot.com