Thank you for supporting Strides for Melanoma a Walk for Awareness 2015

A simple thank you does not seem like enough to demonstrate our gratitude for all of your help! To our supporters, sponsors, walkers and volunteers please know that funds raised directly support MNC programs and services, prevention initiatives and advocacy efforts.  Demand for our help continues to climb and we remain committed to being responsive to all patient, family caregiver and community needs.

 

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Donations are still coming in. To date we’ve raised 170 000.00 and more than 600 walkers put their feet to the street for Strides!  There is still time to donate – if you have a stack of pledge forms to send in, or any last minute donations please let us know.

Please note that we accept cheques, credit cards and cash. If you have any additional questions call us at 905-901-5121 ext. 103 or walk@melanomanetwork.ca

Donate to Strides for Melanoma Walk for Awareness

Strides for Melanoma is a community fundraising and awareness event where Canadians across the country join together in the fight against Melanoma. In 2015, we walked as a united force with hundreds of other Canadians in Kamloops, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Mississauga, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Dartmouth, Yarmouth and Summerside PEI.  We even had people donning their t-shirts and walking in Timmins ON, the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Italy, Scotland and the Congo in Africa!

CTV Morning Live Ottawa interviewed dermatologist Dr. Jennifer Beecker on melanoma awareness, checking for moles,
and our annual Strides for Melanoma Walk on September 27th,
sponsored by miracle 10 skincare.

CTV’s Edmonton Morning Live interview with Dr. Mariusz Sapijaszko and Violetta Ambrozuk on recovering from Melanoma and the importance of Strides for Melanoma a Walk for Awareness September 27th, 2015

[us_testimonial author=”Sue Cox” company=”Vancouver Walk Coordinator & Melanoma Survivor”]

I don’t know what I would have done or where I’d be without MNC. I found people that understood what I was going through, how I was feeling and what steps I needed to take to get my questions answered so I could sleep at night again. Not only have I found a place with MNC but my husband and grown ‘kids’ have too, as well as friends, family and extended family, who I put to work for our 1st annual Strides for Melanoma walk. I was more than happy to take MNC to the beach where I took in too much sun as a teenager.. it was a full-circle moment for me to be there educating people on life without sun tanning!

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[us_testimonial author=”Mandi Nickerson” company=”Yarmouth Walk Coordinator”]In 2013 my Mom, at the age of 56, was diagnosed with amelanotic melanoma, after going to the hospital for stroke-like symptoms. Due to its lack of pigment it was almost impossible to detect until it had already spread to the lung and brain. Mom passed away just 3 months after diagnosis. I wanted to organize a walk in Yarmouth to spread the word about early detection and especially prevention! I am very proud of our little community and the huge show of
support, and happy to have the opportunity to work the Melanoma Network of Canada to spread awareness for such an important issue![/us_testimonial]
[us_testimonial author=”Jen Whitehead” company=”2015 Calgary Walk Coordinator”]

2015 will be my first year with the Melanoma walk! About 2 years ago at my daughter’s school I met a Mom named Mandi. Her son and my daughter became quick friends. When I met Mandi at the school BBQ I noticed that she was on her own and not really socializing. I also noticed she was wearing the telltale head scarf that just screams “I have Cancer”…I strolled up to her and we became quick friends just like our two little brats. I asked what type of Cancer she had… “Stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma” was her answer, my next words were… “how can I help you?” I did my best to help my friend Mandi for 18 months… those were the last 18 months of her life. She passed away on February 16, 2014. Mandi would have coordinated this walk, so I do it in her memory, for her and all others fighting this terrible disease like she did. She and I discussed her hopes of spreading awareness of Melanoma… and I plan to do just that. I hope to teach my daughter (a little redhead) about sun safety and Melanoma Awareness.

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[us_testimonial author=”Seana Blanchard” company=”Dartmouth Walk Coordinator”]

My younger brother, Liam, was diagnosed with melanoma in October 2011 at the age of 36. I immediately started sourcing information on melanoma and supports available for him and our family. I was so grateful to find MNC. I was able to find a source of information, right here in Canada, which I will be forever grateful for finding. From the discussion forums on the website to emails from Annette, I found the support we needed. Unfortunately, my brother passed away in August 2012. To give back to MNC for their support, I coordinated the Walk of Awareness which was held in October 2012. We had a great turnout and raised a lot of money our first year! Raising the funds we can, right here in Dartmouth, to support the efforts of MNC is just my small part in the great work they continue to do!

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