THE ACMF NEWSLETTER
APRIL, 2016
 
AWARENESS. PREVENTION. RESEARCH FOR A CURE
 
 
 
Articles
Upcoming Events 
 
May 14, 2016
6th Annual Block the Sun Run.  Click here to register now!
 
August, 2016
Western & Southern Open Tennis Tournament
 
 
   
  
ACMF Hires Administrative Employee
 
ACMF is proud to annouce their decision to hire an adminstrative employee, Karisa Moler!  We are excited to utilize this support for the continued growth of the foundation.  
 
Karisa earned her BA from Miami University and her MA at The University of Dayton. After being diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 20, she quickly became informed of the seriousness of this deadly cancer.  After hearing Andy's story, she knew that she was meant to help support his mission.  Karisa lives in Lebanon, OH with her husband and two daughters.  
 
 
 
 
May is Melanoma Awareness Month
 
Next month we will continue to educate Facebook followers on melanoma facts.  
 
Did you know?
 
- According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old.
 
- On average, a person’s risk for melanoma doubles if he or she has had more than five sunburns.
 
- An estimated 10,130 people will die of melanoma in 2016.
 
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Board of Directors 
Kelly Ackerman
Tori Amongero
Alec Brockmeier
Zach Bryson
Bob Caress
Candi Taggart Caress
Rob Caress
Rosi Ferrall
Adam Kwiecinski
Andrew Lock
Melissa McCoy
Judy Meyer
Chris Moler
Jessica Murray
Courtney O’Neil
Rex Repass
Jenna Simonson
Cindy Taylor
Chris Underwood
Dan Wallace
Barb Wolf
Financial Coordinator: Nancy Bowman
Block The Sun Run - 3 Weeks Away! 
 
 
Date & Location: 
May 14, 2016 at Glendale Square at 5:00 PM.
 
Cost:
$35 per person, Children under 12 free when you pre-register.  Pre-registration ends on Thursday May 14th at 6:00pm.

$40 per person if you register in person Friday May 13 between 12:00pm and 7:00pm, or Saturday May 14 between 2:00pm and 4:30pm at Bob Ronker’s Running Spot in Glendale.          
 
Registration:
Pre-register at http://andycaress.org/5k.  You can also register on Friday May 13th from 12:00-7:00 p.m.or the on day of the event from 2:00-4:30 p.m. at Bob Roncker’s Running Spot in Glendale.
 
What do I get with my registration?
Registration gives you admittance to the race, a bib, an SPF 40 T-shirt, and free admittance to the After Party immediately following the event.
 
Don't want to run/walk but still want to support ACMF?
No problem!  For $25 you can register for our "Sundown Special" and pick up your race perk and two free drinks at the ACMF Booth at the After Party.
 
What's the After Party this year?
We will have food, beer, & music in the Glendale Village Square to celebrate the success of the Block the Sun Run and our fight against melanoma!  Here’s what the night will entail:
 
6:00 p.m. - Race the Train! Free 100yd dash run for kids – with prizes!
 
6:00-9:00 p.m. - Music, Beer, Food trucks (Tacos Locos and Granny's Goodies), Silent Auction, Raffles, Cornhole tournament, Games of chance, Kids Games and Activities
 
Interested in volunteering for the event?
We’re always looking for new volunteers!  Email us today at volunteer@andycaress.org.
 
Register today at http://andycaress.org/5k!
 
 
  
 
ACMF Provides Support for Critical Melanoma Research
 
 Dr. Zalfa Abdel-Malek
 
Together we are making great strides in fulfilling Andy’s mission to defeat melanoma through education, prevention and research for a cure. We are grateful to you for making this possible and are pleased to share two exciting research opportunities that we’re supporting.
 
First, we have entered into a partnership with Melanoma Know More to provide financial support for melanoma research being conducted by Dr. Zalfa Abdel-Malek at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Abdel-Malek’s research focuses on identifying high-risk individuals, interrupting the growth of melanoma and developing preventive agents in the skin itself. We will be aiding her purchase of a solar lamp that is necessary for the research to take place. ACMF is proud to have been asked to partner in this important work, and to have the opportunity to become even more closely involved with locally-based research efforts at the University of Cincinnati.
 
At the same time, we are committed to providing our continued support to the outstanding research being conducted at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the world’s leading cancer centers where Andy was treated. Our annual contributions through the Andy Caress Melanoma Research Fund at M.D. Anderson have linked us to some of the most encouraging melanoma research in the country. We are pleased to contribute $20,000 to our fund this year, which marks a grand total of $170,000 since 2010.
 
Thank you to all of ACMF’s sponsors, supporters, donors and cheerleaders for making these outstanding donations a reality.  With your continued support we’ll continue to make great strides in fulfilling Andy’s mission.   
 
 
 
ACMF Makes Music with Steinway & Sons
 
In late 2015, with the sponsorship of local Steinway dealer, the Willis Music Co., we held the first annual “Music’s Medicinal Magic” at Mercy Health – West Hospital.  Board member, Alec Brockmeier, with a great deal of assistance from Dr. Manisha Patel, organized the event which was judged a success.
 
Held in the auditorium of the hospital, doctors and other medical professionals performed on a 9-foot concert grand model D by Steinway & Sons.  The piano was provided courtesy of the Willis Music Co.  The master of ceremonies was Jim Scott of WLW fame.   More than 100 were in attendance.
 
“It was a thrill to be able to put on both hats as a Board Member and a Piano Representative to help the Foundation further Andy’s goals of Awareness, Prevention and Cure.  Dr. Patel and I look forward to making this the first of many such events to come, and we expect next year to be even bigger,” said Mr. Brockmeier. 
 
Performers included Dr. Patel – piano, Crista Pfeiffer – cello, Michael Curran, MD – piano, Dale Johnson, MLT – piano, Jennifer Lisa – soprano, Michael Hartings, PhD – piano, Allison Howell – piano, Michael Gray, MD – piano, Dirk Wonnell, MD – flute, Steven Squires, PhD – piano, and Alexander Bingkang, DO – cello with Sarah Bingkang playing violin and Karl Payne on piano.  The event’s finale was a rousing performance by Michael Chertock, pianist with the CSO and music program Chair at CCM.
 
A simple reception was held during the intermission and after the concert.
 
Thank you, Mercy Health, Willis Music and Steinway & Sons for your support.  We look forward to the Second Annual “Music’s Medicinal Magic.”
  

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