Recap: 2016 War on Skin Cancer Event

By Gale Pudlitzke, SolSurvivors Oregon

This past Saturday, May 21, SolSurvivors had the pleasure of participating in the OHSU War on Skin Cancer Event. How great it was to see all the survivors, family and friends there to support this cause. There was something for everyone --- a 5k walk/run, lectures, skin screening, blood and saliva donation for research, tables manned by researchers sharing new tools and information. And of course, the large gathering of beautiful redheads.

At the SolSurvivors table, we had the pleasure of talking to many melanoma survivors and family members who shared with us the age that they or their relative was diagnosed with melanoma. We plotted this information on a large display denoting the age, sex and survival of each. As we gathered more information, our graph showed some interesting results that lead to some great discussions with our visitors. We hope to travel with the display to different events this summer and see if our results change at all and of course, continue the conversations.

We thank everyone who stopped by our table. The stories your shared, information you provided and questions that you asked will help us move forward in strengthening our mission of making connections and providing support to melanoma survivors and their families and friends.  

View more photos from the event on our Facebook page and don't forget to RSVP for our upcoming Melanoma Meetup on Sunday, June 12.