About Causes & Charities We Support
Cause: Melanoma Awareness
What is melanoma?
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, described as “the leading cause of cancer death in women ages 25-30, and the second leading cause of cancer death in women ages 30-35”.(1) More troubling, according to the American Cancer Society, the incidence rates of melanoma in the United States have been steadily increasing since 1975 (for both women and men).(2) A number of complex factors influence a person’s likelihood of developing melanoma during their lifetime, but the universal consensus is that the vast majority (approximately 90%) of melanoma is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light (from the sun and tanning beds).(1) These statistics sound scary, but there is good news…melanoma, if detected early, is treatable.
For a look into the real lives that melanoma has effected, see the emotional and thought-provoking video, "Dear 16-year-old Me", produced by the great people at The David Cornfield Melanoma Fund.(3)
Reproduced with kind permission from The David Cornfield Melanoma Fund (http://dcmf.ca)
How can I prevent melanoma?
As runners, we spend the majority of our sport out in the sun. Awareness of how damaging UV exposure can be is the first key. Now that you know, do something about it! Wear sunscreen (broad-spectrum, 30 SPF minimum), avoid running when the sun is the harshest (between 10 AM and 4 PM), and utilize routes with shady portions (when possible). Don’t forget sun protection in often neglected areas: lips, ears, and your scalp. So those are some of the first steps in prevention. Next, and equally important, check your skin! Do monthly self-skin checks (or enlist a friend or significant other), noting the general number and the ABCD’s of each mole.
A = asymmetry
B = border
C = color
D = diameter
One of the last observations that should be made is the evolution of any of your moles. If you see changes, you should consult your dermatologist. And speaking of the dermatologist, you should be seeing him/her on a yearly basis.(1)
Charity: Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF)
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1996, “dedicated to funding medical research to find effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma”(1). In 2010 the MRF established the MRF Breakthrough Consortium as a way to combine the efforts of leading doctors and researchers within the melanoma field.(1) This collaboration now includes 18 academic universities, all working toward the common goal of finding effective treatments and eventually cures for melanoma. Reason 2 Run, LLC has selected the Melanoma Research Foundation as one of its sponsored causes not only for the dedication and impact MRF has towards finding a cure for melanoma, but also for MRF’s financial efficiency. Eighty-five (85) percent of the MRF’s expenses are directly spent on melanoma research, education, and advocacy, earning the MRF “4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the highest rating from the nation’s largest and most utilized independent evaluator of charities, for 4 consecutive years! The MRF is the only organization devoted to melanoma in the United States to receive a 4-star rating.”(1) As of the date of this posting, the MRF has provided $12 million dollars in research grants!(1)
For more information and resources on melanoma, or to make a direct donation to the MRF, please visit www.melanoma.org.
1. Melanoma Research Foundation. Web. 14 Feb. 2016.
2. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2015. Web.
3. The David Cornfield Melanoma Fund. Web. 20 March 2013.
C.O.P.S. logo reproduced with permission
Cause: Police Support
Unsung heroes, police and their families make sacrifices daily – the rotating work schedules and resulting sleep deprivation, last minute calls and canceled vacations, along with the missed birthdays, sporting events, and holiday family celebrations. They don’t do it for the money. They don’t do it for prestige. And they certainly don’t do it for the recognition. Police do the gritty, hard work of keeping us all safe at home; they do it selflessly, out of an innate duty to serve. The life of a cop isn’t easy, and in today’s political and cultural climate, the anti-police sentiment is ever-growing, compounding the stress police and their families feel. In 2015, 127 officers died in the line of duty (1). Last year it seemed like nearly every month the media was reporting cops being ambushed, targeted solely because of the positions that they hold. The final number of line of duty deaths for 2016 totaled 144! That's 144 names that will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, as more and more officers and their families have made ultimate sacrifice.(2) Officers killed in the line of duty leave behind mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, children, and their brothers and sisters bound by duty.
Charity: Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)
C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, first formed in 1984 to help the families and co-workers of police killed in the line-of-duty. Some of the many services that C.O.P.S. provides to survivors’ families include peer-support, counseling, information concerning survivor benefits, and scholarship programs.(3) Over 90 percent of C.O.P.S.’s expenses are dedicated to supporting their programs and services, and accordingly their financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency has earned the organization a 4-star rating on Charity Navigator, the highest rating available.(4) For these reasons, Reason 2 Run, LLC is proud to select C.O.P.S. as one of the first sponsored charities.
For more information and resources about C.O.P.S., or to make a direct donation, please visit http://www.nationalcops.org/
1. Officer Down Memorial Page. Web. 5 September 2016.
2. Officer Down Memorial Page. Web. 11 April 2017.
3. Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.). Web. 23 March 2016.
4. Charity Navigator. Web. 23 March 2016.