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Featured Charity: Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)
As the only organization in the melanoma community that focuses its efforts on patient education and support, awareness, and funding research, learn what the MRF is doing to treat and cure melanoma.
What our organization does:
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients and physicians about prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of melanoma. The MRF is an active advocate for the melanoma community, helping to raise awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. Our website is the premier source for melanoma information seekers. The Melanoma Patient Information Page (MPIP) has been in existence since 1994 and remains the largest, most vibrant online melanoma patient community. Over the years, tens of thousands of people from all over the world have turned to MPIP for information, support, comfort, and friendship.
How you can help & how your donation will make an impact:
How you can help:
We need the FDA to tighten their regulations on indoor tanning. We need people to urge their members of Congress to support tanning bed legislation.
- The Mayo Clinic recently released a study that said melanoma rates have risen eightfold among young women, and fourfold among young men, in the past four decades. Researchers involved in the study point to an increase in indoor tanning during that period as a likely cause of this increase.
- The indoor tanning industry is a $5 billion a year industry. In most major U.S. cities, there are more indoor tanning salons than there are Starbucks. Right now, tanning beds are classified in the same category as tongue depressors and BAND-AIDS. This is despite having scientific evidence that exposure to UV radiation increases a person’s risk for developing melanoma.
For more information on getting involved, contact Mary Mendoza, National Director of Volunteer Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How your company can help:
May is melanoma awareness month.
- Often, companies will dedicate a day to set up a wellness event, where we can provide educational materials, and free skin checks.
- Also, companies will create teams that fundraise and participate in one of our many walk/run events.
What makes us successful & what we wish more people knew about us:
The MRF’s success is largely due to our collaborative approach. We work really well as a team, and we foster relationships with other non-profits in the melanoma/skin cancer world, to pool our resources, and to avoid duplicating services. Our community is just too small not to work together.
What many individuals do not realize is that the MRF is the only organization in the melanoma community that focuses its efforts on patient education and support, awareness and education, and funding research.