What is Miles for Melanoma?

Miles for Melanoma is a series of events that allow participants to support and raise funds for the MRF by taking part in any athletic activity they choose. Miles for Melanoma events take place across the United States and are hosted by many generous volunteers.

Steve Farrell was an active member of the community in River Edge, New Jersey who was diagnosed with melanoma in 1988. Once diagnosed, Steve fought to raise awareness and funds for melanoma research. In 2002, after his second bout with melanoma, Steve began the MRF's "Miles for Melanoma" program when he ran in the NYC marathon. Sadly, Steve succumbed to melanoma in April 2010. He was a courageous dad who fought the disease with a vengeance and vowed to continue the fight. Miles for Melanoma events have raised millions of dollars for research, education and advocacy.

Funds raised by Miles for Melanoma runners, cyclists, swimmers, walkers, skiers — even kayakers — support the melanoma research that’s zeroing in on important breakthroughs that people fighting melanoma so desperately need. 

You may not be a doctor or a researcher, but you don’t need a Ph.D. to join or organize a Miles for Melanoma event in your area. It’s easy — simply run, bike, swim or even kayak your way toward funding the next treatment breakthrough!

How Can You Get Involved?

There are a few ways you can be a part of Miles for Melanoma:
  1. Register for one of the many Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk events around the country or browse through all our events by visiting our events calendar.
  2. Join the Miles for Melanoma Champions and fundraise at any event of your choice.
  3. Host or create your own fundraising event or activity.

Are You Already Active or Participating in Races or Other Activities?

You can raise awareness and funding for the MRF! Here's how:
  1. Email us at MilesForMelanoma@melanoma.org.
  2. Start your own fundraising page.
  3. Contact all your friends and family to let them konw about your support of the MRF.

Why Join the Fight Against Melanoma?

  • Melanoma is the fastest-growing cancer in the world, especially in people under 35 and among young women.
  • Every year, approximately 144,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with melanoma, resulting in nearly 10,000 deaths.
  • In the United States, someone is diagnosed with melanoma every eight minutes; every hour, someone dies from the disease.

Take a look at the great prizes you can win by reaching different fundraising levels.

You can be part of the next discovery — one that will help people with melanoma live longer, better lives. Register for Miles for Melanoma today!