About MRA » Letter from the President
As we near the end of summer, we hope you take to heart the many messages of skin cancer prevention and remember to stay sun safe all year round. MRA has been working to raise awareness of the dangers of melanoma, promote sun safe behaviors, and fund innovative melanoma research. This month, we are pleased to share the incredible progress on all fronts in our mission to reduce the deadly toll of melanoma.
At MRA, we continue to accelerate progress for melanoma prevention, detection, and treatment through innovative collaborations across sectors. We’re especially thrilled to be partnering with the LUNGevity Foundation and the Lung Cancer Research Foundation in a unique collaboration to co-fund research to further the body of knowledge of brain metastases in both lung cancer and melanoma. Building on the historic slate of grants we announced in May, we are also preparing for our next grant cycle, which launches this August with a Request for Proposals (RFP).
Exciting policy news made national headlines last week as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent Skin Cancer, a report calling for a national health agenda to address the dangers of skin cancer and melanoma. This report resulted from a meeting over two years ago when MRA joined forces with Assistant Secretary of Health Dr. Howard Koh and launched a 22-month long collaboration that brought together U.S. health agencies in a joint mission to reduce the deadly toll of skin cancer and melanoma. MRA was honored to be recognized by Dr. Koh as one of the leading “partners in prevention” for this milestone. In addition to this historic call to action, the House of Representatives passed the Sunscreen Innovation Act with overwhelming bipartisan support, sending the bill on to the Senate for consideration.
We’ve continued to build upon the momentum from Melanoma Awareness Month and have broadened our reach and impact through collaborative partnerships with American Idol, J.Crew, and Health Guru Media to raise awareness and fund our melanoma research program. Through traditional media and social media campaigns, we are leading the charge in melanoma prevention and directing critical resources to the field of melanoma research. We’re also pleased to share our brand new brochure which highlights the unique ways in which we maximize our impact to speed cures for patients.
With so much progress at hand, there are many reasons to be hopeful. From Expanded Access Programs for advanced melanoma patients to a national public health agenda to fight skin cancer, these exciting developments fuel our mission and reaffirm our belief that a cure for melanoma is near. Thank you again for all your continuing support for our work and we hope you’ll join us in looking forward to new opportunities to advance our mission to end all suffering and death from melanoma.
Wendy K.D. Selig
President and CEO
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