Melanoma Walk Raises $10,000 At Lake Zorinksy

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

Hundreds gathered Sunday at Lake Zorinsky to help find a cure to melanoma, a deadly skin cancer.

The rain couldn't keep hundreds of people from the Aim for a Cure Melanoma Walk.

Vicki Orsi has been cancer free for 20 years and came out to lend her support.

“I am a survivor and I feel good that I can be out here,” says Orsi.

She suspected something was wrong after a mole on her body grew bigger and bigger.

“It was kind of scary to hear that I had cancer. I knew nothing about skin cancer, but I was lucky because it was at stage one.”

Melanoma isn't the most common type of skin cancer, but it is the most deadly.

The Center for Disease Control says it kills 8000 people each year.

Jim Siebken is a 40 year survivor of melanoma.

“I praise the Lord that I’m alive,” says Siebken.

He came with his entire family, including his daughter Natalie Newkirk, a survivor of ovarian cancer.

She says bringing the family out is also a way to teach her kids about protecting themselves from the sun.

“I really wanted my kids to be aware,” says Newkirk.

“It was fun to do the skin spot test because they got to see the damage on their faces from the rays.”

The walk raised more than $10,000 which will go to Aim at Melanoma to provide screenings and support research.

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