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The Woiner Foundation partners to support melanoma tissue bank

The Woiner Foundation is proud to partner with AIM at Melanoma to bring a new fundraising event to Pittsburgh!  Please read the important message below from Dr. John Kirkwood.  We hope to see you on April 23rd.


Our 1st Annual – AIM for the CURE Melanoma Walk & Fun Run in Pittsburgh is scheduled on Saturday, April 23rd, supporting melanoma research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI). We hope that you will join us and help us in our fight to eliminate melanoma, the most life-threatening form of skin cancer.

The urgency of melanoma research is supported by the following facts:

  • One person dies every hour from melanoma.
  • Melanoma does not discriminate in age or gender.
  • One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime.
  • Annual cost for treating melanoma has grown faster than the annual treatment costs for all cancers

Your support will help advance innovative research, and new and more promising personalized treatment
approaches for the future.

UPCI is one of four leading melanoma research centers in the U.S. that have laid the groundwork for a tissue bank consortium, which will provide the most basic of tools – primary tissue to be used in research. The tissue bank will be a critical resource for melanoma researchers to advance innovative and novel new treatment options to reverse the progress of this cancer. 100% of the net proceeds from this event will support the UPCI melanoma
tissue bank – benefiting those impacted by melanoma locally, regionally and nationally.

AIM at Melanoma is the largest international melanoma foundation globally engaged and locally invested in advancing the battle against melanoma through innovative research, legislative reform, education, and patient and caregiver support. The Woiner Foundation is proud to partner with AIM at Melanoma in their common mission to promote awareness and to fund melanoma research.

We would appreciate your consideration of support and invite you to join us in our unwavering battle against
melanoma. TOGETHER, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of individuals suffering from this deadly cancer and their families!

Warmest Regards,
John M. Kirkwood, MD
2016 AIM for the Cure Honorary Chair, Pittsburgh