The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) today announced the fourth annual Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot, May 3, 2015.
All proceeds from the event go to accelerating the MRF’s mission of advancing research, education and advocacy for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
This family-friendly event has raised almost $800,000 for melanoma prevention, early detection and research efforts! Participants experience a fun day exploring some of their favorite movie sets while raising awareness and critically-needed melanoma research funding.
“Melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, takes someone’s life every hour of every day,” said Tim Turnham, Executive Director of the MRF. “More work must be done to educate people about the prevention and early detection of this cancer. During the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot, melanoma patients, caregivers, advocates and families will convene to raise awareness and critically-needed funding for melanoma research, education and advocacy efforts.”
Celebrity friends of the Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios Backlot include Judd Apatow, Sean Astin, Jason Bateman, Jason Biggs, Vin Diesel, Soleil Moon Frye, Jason George, Tyrese Gibson, Ashley Hinshaw, Rob Lowe, Jeannie Mai, Kellie Martin, Leslie Mann, Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Fred Savage and Molly Sims.
Participants in the 5k Run/Walk on the Universal Studios’ Backlot will experience many of the iconic movie scenes and sets that populate the Universal Studios Backlot including Jaws, Back to the Future, Charlie’s Angels, Bruce Almighty, Spiderman 2, the War of the Worlds plane crash and the village of Whoville, just to name a few. Attendees will get sun safety tips and free samples from street fair-type booths and popular food trucks will be on site with refreshments. Qualified medical professionals will be available to provide interested participants with free skin screenings.
This year’s event is sponsored by Amgen, Novartis and Bella Skin Institute.