One Australian is diagnosed with melanoma every 30 minutes. Australians affected by skin cancer unite for Jay’s Mission Melanoma Walk – more than 300 km from Canberra to Sydney – to promote an important awareness message: get your skin checked and stay safe from the sun.
The 10-day walk is led by Jay Allen OAM – a melanoma survivor – and begins Friday, November 25 with a goal of raising $250,000.
Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, with approximately two in three Australians diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime.
Since being diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in 2008, Allen said he has lost many friends to melanoma. Since 2014, Allen has walked more than 2,500 miles, raising money for skin cancer research and education, while continuing to advocate for sun safety, including his successful lobby to ban commercial tanning beds in Australia.
“I’m still here and need to continue raising awareness and fundraising to find a cure in memory of those lost to cancer. Jay’s Mission Melanoma Walk is all about people affected by melanoma coming together to offer support, solidarity, positivity and awareness of this deadly disease and the need to be safe from the sun and get regular skin checks.
“One Australian dies from melanoma every six hours, so ultimately our goal at the Australian Skin Cancer Foundation is to encourage people to donate to the walk to support education and melanoma research, including the BETTER treatment program that helps save lives prolong and improve cancer patients. This gives genuine hope to melanoma patients,” said Allen.