The Sixth Annual Melanoma Miles for Mike will be held Saturday morning, April 28, beginning on the campus of St. Francis Borgia Regional High School.
It is being held in memory of Mike Revers, the late husband of Washington native Beth (Mayer Revers) Castle, and in memory of Jill Haberberger.
This year’s event is extra special because it is being held on Revers’ birthday, April 28, noted event co-founder Cindy Mayer.
“He would have been 34 this year,” she said.
This year’s event includes a 10K run, 5K run, 5K walk and 1-mile Fun Run for all ages. There will be new routes from last year for the 10K and 5K.
Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the 10 and 5K runs/walk begins at 8 a.m. The 1-mile Fun Run begins at 9 a.m. and will be held on the SFBRHS track.
Seniors participating in any of the runs/walk are welcome to use the track this year in lieu of the race route.
People can register in advance online at www.melanomamiles.org. The deadline for online registration is April 26.
Everyone who registers in advance or even the day-of will receive a T-shirt featuring the prize-winning design by a local fourth-grade student. Every year Melanoma Miles for Mike holds a poster contest for fourth-grade students to illustrate the importance of sun safety.
The fundraising goal is $25,000 — the amount needed to have a melanoma research grant in Revers’ name. To date the event has raised over $100,000 and had four research grants in Revers’ name.
“We are working toward our fifth research grant,” said Mayer.
A silent auction featuring sporting events tickets, gift baskets, sports equipment and more will be held as part of the event. Organizers are still accepting donations for the auction.
Cardinals Care has donated some giveaway items while supplies last, stickers and baseball cards, for participating children.
There also will be some skin-care friendly items for sale, such as ladies’ hats and baseball caps, as well as special rubber bracelets that change color to indicate when someone has been in the sun too long or needs to reapply sunscreen.
Local dermatologist Dr. Jason Reinberg of Patients First will be on hand to provide information and answer questions about skin cancer.
Cash donations to the cause are welcome. People can bring them to the event April 28 or make them online at the secure website, www.melanomamiles.org.