The 5K Run/Walk for Melanoma Awareness was initiated in 2008 by 2 medical students to raise funds and awareness for skin cancer (Figure). This early-morning run, which takes place in association with free skin screenings, is an educational event for adults and children of all ages. The funds that are raised support patient care and research efforts by the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida. The Student-led community event is the first of its kind not only at the University of Miami but also in the Miami-Dade community. It represents a novel, fund-raising, public health initiative. Every participant and community member who requests a skin screening receives one from a dermatologist that day and is referred for future care as necessary. Monetary and product donations are provided by major corporations and numerous local sponsors, and the donations also support educational booths and sunblock face painting.
Avashia N, Caperton C, Kirsner RS, Schachner L. SunSmart Sprint 5K Run/Walk for Melanoma Awareness: A Student Initiative. Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(12):1404. doi:10.1001/archdermatol.2009.292