We envision a world where every adult and child is aware of the risks of melanoma and takes preventative measures; where those who suffer from melanoma receive comfort and healing; and ultimately, where every case of melanoma will be completely curable.
The Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund was established in July, 2004 when melanoma took the life of Jack H. Marston II at the age of 47. Although Jack’s battle was a private one and his intention was to quietly beat the disease, his valor in the fight taught us much.
For children and adults, sun safety programs, health fair presentations, free skin checks at local events, and the development of school and park district partnerships and sun safety curriculum. Early detection saves lives.
For those in the process of fighting the disease, the building of the first Jack H. Marston II Healing Garden at Advocate Lutheran Hospital, and the development of programs that provide both practical and emotional support for those in treatment.
We have learned that melanoma patients and their friends/families feel alone when they receive their diagnoses. Our goal is to share as many stories as we can to create a destination where anyone can find reassurance that they are not alone and find comfort in that knowledge.