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February 21, 2013

Running for a cure

City man wears cancer cap of late sister for strength

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Since its inception in 2006, team Running for Cover has raised more than $1 million for the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

To donate to Belanger’s fundraising effort, visit www.razoo.com and search for “Kevin Belanger.” Checks made out to MFNE can be sent to 111 Old Road to Nine Acre Corner, Suite 1005, Concord, MA 01742. Please note Belanger’s name in the memo section.

The largest nonprofit in the region dedicated to skin cancer awareness and early detection, the Melanoma Foundation of New England provides a variety of free education programs targeting the prevention of skin cancer for both children in adults. MFNE also assists patients and their caregivers struggling with melanoma by offering support groups and their “Billy’s Buddies” program. Learn more about MFNE and team Running for Cover at www.mfne.org.

Melanoma Facts Melanoma rates are increasing faster than nearly all other cancers. Relatively easy disease to prevent. Easy to stop if caught soon enough. All it takes is a yearly skin exam. Kills one person every 50 minutes. Most common cancer among women ages 25 to 32. Most common cancer in men over age of 50, more common than colon, prostate, and lung cancer. Second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 29. As many as 10,000 people a year die from melanoma. SOURCE: Melanoma Foundation of New England

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