March for a Cure!
06:30 AM - 08:30 AM
The Strand at Coolangatta
Gold Coast and Tweed locals will have the chance to march for a cure for melanoma as the annual Melanoma March returns to Coolangatta in 2019.
Starting from The Strand on Sunday 3 March, members of the community can join as individuals, corporate teams, families or friendship groups to walk the 4km round circuit between The Strand and Point Danger to raise funds and awareness for a cure for melanoma.
An initiative of the Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA), Melanoma March is their major annual fundraising campaign to support melanoma research for the 14,000 Australian diagnosed with melanoma each year.
The Coolangatta event has been one of the highest regional fundraisers in the country and The Strand is proud to host the community event for the fifth consecutive year.
Melanoma March Coolangatta attracts around 300 participants each year, and over the past four years, our generous community has raised nearly $90,000 for melanoma research – which is helping to improve survival rates as a result of ongoing research projects.
Donna and Adam Argus from Murwillumbah will be taking part again in this year’s Melanoma March Coolangatta as Adam continues life-saving treatment for melanoma after being diagnosed at just 27 years of age and given 3 to 6 months to live.
Now, at 31, Adam has kicked his initial prognosis and has been able to live as normal a life as possible raising their young family thanks to the immunotherapy drug treatment, Keytruda. “Adam tries to forget about melanoma,” said Donna. “He’s getting on with his life and doesn’t talk about it. But I think about it every single day. I have so much fear and anxiety because of what we’ve been through.”
Donna hopes that by sharing their story, the key messages around melanoma will help save more lives – including regular skin checks and vigilant sun safety – as well as a wider understanding that it can strike at any age.
Melanoma March Coolangatta will commence at The Strand on Marine Parade at 7:00am (QLD time) with registration from 6:30am (QLD time) and take a picturesque 4km loop along the foreshore of Coolangatta Beach, turning at Point Danger with participants encouraged to walk, march, stroll or even run the course.
Registrations and donations for Melanoma March Coolangatta can be made online now at www.melanomamarch.org.au
This march is sponsored by the Seagulls Club and The Strand.