Running for a Cause: UT MD Anderson to Host Fun Run Benefiting Melanoma Research

M.D. Anderson News Release 09/16/11

The AIM For a Cure Melanoma Walk and Fun Run, an event hosted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to raise funds and awareness for the dangerous form of skin cancer, returns September 24 at 8 a.m.  

The 5K non-certified run begins outside MD Anderson's Mays Clinic, located at 1155 Pressler St., and winds through the Texas Medical Center. Participants will join cancer survivors, patients and family members with the opportunity to support melanoma research efforts at MD Anderson.

This year, Marshall Ramsey, a melanoma survivor and Pulitzer Prize finalist for cartooning, will serve as the emcee. Following the race, a variety of events will educate participants about skin cancer, including guest speakers Gregory Lizee, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Kevin Kim, M.D., associate professor, both in MD Anderson's Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology.

In addition, free skin cancer screenings will be available from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Other race day activities include sunscreen application demonstrations, a kid's zone, and blood drive hosted by MD Anderson. The blood drive is only available to those not participating in the run and walk. Live music entertainment will be provided by Hank Taylor.

Melanoma is one of the most commonly diagnosed and most dangerous forms of skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, more than 70,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in 2011. Unlike some common cancers, melanoma has a wide range distribution, occurring in both younger and older men and women.

To register for the run, visit and click on "participate in a fundraiser." For more information regarding the 5K, call 713-745-1804 or email No entrance fee is required, but participants are encouraged to raise at least $50. Free event parking will be located in the Pressler Garage, across the street from the Mays Clinic. 09/16/11