Miles for Melanoma – Why We Run

This November 5, the recently launched Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF) will host the SDPA’s 5th Annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk during the 14th Annual Fall Dermatology Conference in Las Vegas. The event is part of a series of events held around the country intended to raise awareness and money for the fastest growing cancer in the world.

Join us to run or walk in Vegas and help us raise money for this great cause, and as an added incentive to help us raise money, the DPAF will match up to $7,500 in donations!

This is why we run.

What is Miles for Melanoma?

Miles for Melanoma (MFM), celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year, provides participants an opportunity to support and raise funds for the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) by taking part in a variety of athletic activities.


Steve Farrell was an active member of the community in River Edge, New Jersey who was diagnosed with melanoma in 1988. Once diagnosed, Steve fought to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research. In 2002, after his second bout with melanoma, Steve began the MRF’s “Miles for Melanoma” program when he ran in the NYC marathon. Sadly, Steve succumbed to melanoma in April 2010. He was a courageous dad who fought the disease with a vengeance and vowed to continue the fight. Miles for Melanoma events have raised millions of dollars for research, education and advocacy.

Funds raised by Miles for Melanoma support the melanoma research that’s zeroing in on important breakthroughs that people fighting melanoma so desperately need.

SDPA-2527Why Join the Fight Against Melanoma?

  • Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in the world, especially in people under 35 and among young women.
  • Every year, approximately 144,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma, resulting in nearly 10,000 deaths.
  • In the United States, someone is diagnosed with melanoma every eight minutes; every hour, someone dies from the disease.

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