Sunday, February 27, 2005

Run From the Sun will be held April 16

The Second Annual Run From The Sun will be held April 16, 2005, in downtown Jackson.

Along with the 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run, there will be a free skin cancer screening for the public. For a registration form, click here.

The run is held by the Leonard E. Warren Melanoma Foundation, who recently contributed $5,000 to the Melanoma Research Foundation to help fund research efforts to find a cure for the deadly form of skin cancer.

The foundation plan to distribute kits to several schools later this year that will give teachers everything they need to teach a unit about sun safety. The goal over the next few years is to make sure every student in Mississippi is aware of melanoma and how to protect against it.

The foundation will also partner with the M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic of Houston, Texas, to provide Project S.A.F.E.T.Y modules to teachers. The kits contains an 85-page teacher's guide and a CD-ROM with streaming video and animated graphics to complement the three-lesson series.

An educational tabloid for Mississippi students is also in the planning stages. For more information, contact Keith Warren or Marshall Ramsey.

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