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Olympic Gold Medalist Steven Lopez, Survivors and M. D. Anderson Team Up in Support of Melanoma

5K run, walk to raise funds and awareness for most dangerous of all skin cancers

M. D. Anderson News Release 04/15/10

Michael Davies, M.D., Ph.D.

Building awareness, celebrating survivorship and raising funds for the most dangerous form of skin cancer, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will host the third annual AIM for a Cure Melanoma Walk and Fun Run on Saturday, May 15, at 8 a.m.

The 5K non-certified run and walk begins outside M. D. Anderson's Lowry and Peggy Mays Clinic at 1155 Pressler St. at 8 a.m. Registration takes place at 6:30 a.m., and no fee is required, but participants are encouraged to raise at least $50. Free event parking will be provided in the Pressler garage across the street from the Mays Clinic.

Three-time gold medal Olympian in Tae Kwon Do Steven Lopez will serve as the emcee. In addition, M. D. Anderson patient Jason Connelly, a stage four melanoma survivor, will speak about his personal experience and the significance of survivorship.

Following the race, a variety of events will educate participants and the public about skin cancer, including the best prevention techniques and proper sunscreen application methods. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Michael Davies, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in M. D. Anderson's Department of Melanoma Oncology, will discuss these steps, as well as present a scientific overview of the disease.

In addition, the Houston Dermatological Society will provide free skin cancer screenings on a first-come first- served basis on the second floor of M. D. Anderson's Cancer Prevention Building. Screenings will be available between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Melanoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed and most dangerous forms of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 68,720 new cases of melanoma were diagnosed in the United States in 2009, resulting in 8,650 deaths. Melanoma can develop at any age, making it common in the elderly and in young adults.

To register for the run, visit and click on "participate in a fundraiser." For more information regarding the 5K, call 713-745-1804 or e-mail For information on M. D. Anderson programs log on to 04/15/10

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