By Cathy Law, SolSurvivors Oregon
On May 22, 2016, Cathy Law, a member of the SolSurvivors Community Engagement Committee, hosted the first AIM at Melanoma Walk/Run in Corvallis, Oregon. This was a companion event to the OHSU War on Skin Cancer Event and the AIM at Melanoma Walk in Portland during the same weekend. $1,135 was raised from this event! One hundred percent of net proceeds were given to the melanoma tissue bank at the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is one of four leading melanoma research centers in the U.S. that have laid the groundwork for a tissue bank consortium, which will provide the most basic of tools – primary tissue to be used in research.
This first annual Corvallis Melanoma Walk/Run offers folks who live in the Corvallis area the opportunity to seek out support and education locally. The organizers hope to grow the event each year, as well as to use it as a template for other smaller communities that also want to develop their own local event. If you are interested in starting a walk/run in your town and would like some support doing so, please contact Cathy Law.
Thank you to everyone who came out to join us at the Corvallis AIM at Melanoma Walk/Run and thank you to those who donated to the cause!