SAVE YOUR SKIN FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES TWO HIGHLY ANTICIPATED EVENTS

The two events, planned to raise awareness of melanoma, come at a critical time as the
incidence of the disease increases faster than any other cancer

VANCOUVER, April 5 /CNW/ - The Save Your Skin Foundation announced two highly anticipated events today. A prestigious fundraising breakfast, in early June, will help to raise much-needed funds in support of all skin cancers. A free 'Patient Information Symposium', later in the month, will provide critical information and resources, as well as the rare opportunity to speak with leading specialists.

Although the incidence of melanoma is rising faster than that of any other cancer, the average Canadian's awareness of the disease remains insufficient for the increasing risk. The Save Your Skin Foundation aims to change this. These two events are a part of a larger campaign to ensure greater support, funds, and awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers throughout Canada.

"Our skin is the largest organ of our body and its health is the easiest to monitor," explains Kathy Barnard, Save Your Skin's Founder. "We tend to be more familiar with our skin than any other organ and yet, because of our familiarity, we tend to take our skin for granted. When it is under duress, we do not get particularly concerned." This tendency works against the fact that early detection of melanoma is crucial to the chances of long-term survival.

The Save Your Skin Foundation will host the fundraising breakfast on June 7th and the Patient Information Symposium on June 25th. These events are made possible through the financial support of Merck Canada Inc.

KNOW THE SKIN YOU'RE IN™: A breakfast to save your skin, to save your life.

  • Date: Tuesday, June 7th, 2011
  • Venue: Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver
  • Registration and Silent Auction from 7:00am - 7:30am
  • Breakfast and Guest Speakers from 7:30am - 9:00am
  • Final Silent Auction Bidding from 9:00am - 9:30am
  • Tickets: $125 per Individual or $1,250 for a Table

SAVE YOUR SKIN™ PATIENT INFORMATION SYMPOSIUM

  • Date: Saturday, June 25th, 2011
  • Venue: Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
  • Details: Free patient information symposium offering critical information and resources, plus the rare opportunity to speak with leading specialists

For tickets and information call 604-734-4223 or email mperole@karranfinlaymarketing.com.

About Melanoma in Canada

Every year, thousands of Canadians are diagnosed with Melanoma, with the incidence of the disease increasing faster than that of any other cancer. One in 74 men and 1 in 90 women are expected to develop melanoma during their lifetime; 1 in 284 men and 1 in 486 women will die of it. It is the most dangerous type of skin cancer, causing 75% of deaths associated with skin cancer. Currently in Canada, there is no treatment proven to extend the lives of people diagnosed with metastatic (advanced) melanoma, despite the rising incidence of the disease.

About the Save Your Skin Foundation

The Save Your Skin Foundation was created by family, friends, and colleagues of Founder Kathy Barnard, who is currently battling melanoma. Save Your Skin is a Canadian based not-for-profit Foundation. Through events and other initiatives, the Foundation focuses on raising funds for education and awareness, providing emotional and financial support to those dealing with skin cancer, and on supporting the ongoing research and treatment of skin cancer.

Funds raised go towards providing critical and timely treatments, as well as ongoing education, research, and awareness initiatives.

For additional information please visit www.saveyourskin.ca or contact Marion Pérole at 604-734-4223.


SOURCE Save Your Skin Foundation

For further information:

Marion Pérole, Media Liaison
Karran Finlay Marketing
T: 604-734-4223
mperole@karranfinlaymarketing.com

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