What a month! Townsville, we want to thank you for your support of Melanoma March. This is a hugely important national campaign organised by Melanoma Institute Australia, with the goal of achieving zero deaths from melanoma.
While it might seem like a pie-in-the-sky goal, leading Australian doctors believe it can be achieved this decade! How? Primarily through three ways:
- Research – with continued improvements in the treatment of melanoma, melanoma research is undoubtedly saving lives. This year, Melanoma March raised vital funds for a world-first clinical trial.
- Prevention – simple daily preventative measures significantly reduce the risk of melanoma. Spreading this message through the community helps it happen!
- Early detection – if caught early, virtually all melanomas can be cured. That’s why it’s so important to have regular skin checks with a specialised skin cancer doctor. Once again, sharing the importance of this within community is essential.
Now that Melanoma March 2022 has wrapped up, it’s time to take stock. With the help of local personality Glenn ‘Minty’ Mintern, we had a great turnout at our community walk on the Strand on Sunday 20 March. Altogether we raised $7,880 towards the clinical trial – thank you to every person who donated.
We raised funds for a world-first clinical trial. What will that do?
Since immunotherapy treatment was introduced a decade ago, it has been incredibly effective but unfortunately, it’s not effective for everyone. 50% of advanced melanoma patients either don’t respond to, or develop resistance to, the treatment.
A Personalised Immunotherapy Platform uses the patient’s own genetic markers to ensure an effective treatment the first time. If successful, the clinical trial means that advanced melanoma patients will have a much better chance of long-term survival.
It’s not too late to donate!
$1 million towards the clinical trial is the fundraising goal for Melanoma March 2022. Thanks to supporters across Australia, $569,000 has been raised so far – so $431,000 to go.
While Melanoma March may be over, the march towards zero deaths from melanoma continues. Three Melanoma March events were impacted by floods in south east Queensland and NSW and have been postponed to May. This means that fundraising remains open! You can donate as part of our Skin Repair community here.
In the news
The local media really threw their support behind Melanoma March. Beyond promoting the community event, this coverage helps to educate about melanoma prevention and the importance of early detection. Thank you to:
- Channel 7 Local News
- WIN State News
- ABC North Queensland with Michael Clarke
- Triple M Breakfast with Pricey
- Power 100
- Star FM
- Townsville Bulletin / NQ Weekend
Minty interviews North Queensland melanoma survivors.
Once again, a very special shout out to Glenn ‘Minty’ Mintern for his ongoing support of Melanoma March. Not only did Minty host our community walk on 20th March, he also recorded a wonderful series of videos with melanoma survivors.
A sincere thank you to these amazing people who so generously shared their melanoma stories with the media:
- Carmel Finnegan
- Mick Ing & his wife Renee
- Brandon Schulze & his wife Melissa
- George Fava
Their first-hand accounts with melanoma are both insightful and moving. If you haven’t yet seen Minty’s videos, they are definitely worth a watch.
We’re so proud to see the Townsville community get behind Melanoma March. Through prevention, early detection and advances in melanoma research, we look forward to Australia achieving zero deaths from melanoma by the end of the decade!