According to the American Cancer Society, 3.3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States and throughout the world. Every hour of every day, melanoma takes a life.
Promoting awareness can save lives, as melanoma is curable if detected early, with a survival rate over 90 percent. This is the mission of the family and friends of Meg Moonan, who hope to increase awareness of the deadly form of cancer and one day find a cure.
Meg—a daughter, sister, wife, friend and mother of four—lost her 19-month battle with melanoma in 2012. Now, her family is working to help the growth and expansion of the melanoma program at Advocate Christ Medical Center.
“We are partnering with the March4Meg Foundation to increase awareness of skin cancer by promoting prevention and early detection throughout the community,” says Susan Latocha, community health and wellness coordinator at Christ Medical Center. “The mission of March4Meg, in addition to increasing awareness, is to offer educational programs and raise funds for the melanoma program at Christ Medical Center through the Meg Moonan Endowment.”
Financial resources are utilized for other melanoma-related causes, including sun safety education and prevention programs, as well as financial support to melanoma patients and their families.
May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Learn more about March4Meg and the melanoma program on our website.