Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Melanoma Awareness Month

I pretty much suck as a melanoma blogger lately, but I'm currently a fabulous life liver! ;-) I'm sorry that I have been so MIA. My sister got married, my sorority sister got married, we picked a date for our wedding, and we're super involved with T-Ball for the kiddo. (Yep, I am even the Team Mom!) Life is filled with many things I love, but that also means I am supporting melanoma awareness month!

I am sure most of you have heard the outrage from the melanoma community about the recent campaign  called Melanoma Monday.. The American Academy of Dermatology has asked that folks wear orange on May 6, 2013 in efforts to raise awareness about melanoma. This seems a bit odd to most of us as orange is not the color of our cancer, black is. The American Academy of Dermatology has replied to our anger by saying their desire is to bring awareness to all skin cancers, and that orange is a color that catches attention. They have asked that we make a  fashion statement by wearing orange. 

While I appreciate that they are using their organization to raise awareness about melanoma,  I do wish they would have used black as the color instead. They are calling the campaign Melanoma Monday, not Skin Cancer Monday, so the color technically should be black. Maybe I'm stubborn, but I will be fashionable on May 6th in black for the color of the disease that has taken too many of my melanoma friends from me.

How do you plan to raise melanoma awareness this month?

Hope you are all well! 


1 comment:

Jess Ellison said...

I will be wearing black on Monday the 6th too! My sweet momma passed away from Melanoma on 12-31-12 at the young age of 54. If you haven't checked out the Aim at Melanoma Foundation I encourage you to! Their efforts to fund melanoma research and promote sun safety has been amazing. I'm doing a Melanoma walk this Saturday the 4th in Dallas in memory of my sweet momma. Here is a link to my fund raising page that shares my mom's story. Keep up the great work! We need more motivated supporters like you sharing the battle of melanoma.
Thanks for all you do!
Jess Ellison