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On the September 22, 2013, edition of Cleveland Connection host Katherine Boyd talks about the Melanoma Education Initiative. Guest Beth Mancini shares her personal story and talks about the importance of prevention and screening.

Melanoma Education Initiative is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to raising awareness of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Melanoma Education Initiative was founded by Elizabeth Mancini, a Hudson resident and melanoma survivor, with the vision to reduce melanoma deaths by teaching the community how to detect it early and how to prevent it.

The Melanoma Education Initiative is celebrating their mission to save lives through education by hosting a Silent Auction and Reception at the Crowne Plaza in Independence on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.

This is the second annual event and this year’s theme is Lights, Camera, Take Action in honor of the documentary, THE M WORD.Melanoma Education Initiative has taught more than 10,000 middle school and high school health students in Northeast Ohio since its incorporation on May 9, 2011.

To learn more visit www.melanomaed.org

The company has developed a powerful presentation that gets the students’ attention through an honest portrayal of how aggressive and deadly melanoma can be. The presentation includes clips from their documentary, THE M WORD, which debuted this past May and is an inspirational journey of courage and hope as told by several melanoma warriors in their own words.

In addition to schools, Melanoma Education Initiative has visited numerous corporate wellness and community events to teach thousands of people how to check their skin and what steps can be taken to protect against such a deadly disease. Melanoma kills one person in the United States every hour.

Although skin cancer is thought to be a disease of older people, it has become the number one cancer killer of women ages twenty to twenty- nine. It is also being diagnosed more frequently in children, primarily the 15 – 19 year old age group. In addition, nearly twice as many men are diagnosed with melanoma than women making it a disease about which everyone needs to be educated.

Studies have shown that virtually all melanoma deaths can be prevented by education alone. If caught early, melanoma is curable, but if caught at a late stage, there is only a 10% survival rate.

Melanoma Education Initiative is celebrating their mission to save lives through education by hosting a Silent Auction and Reception at the Crowne Plaza in Independence on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. This is the second annual event and this year’s theme is Lights, Camera, Take Action in honor of the documentary, THE M WORD.

The auction will include exciting items such as Disney World Park Hopper Passes, hot air balloon rides, a week at a condo in Cape Coral, Florida and much, much more. The bidding for items will be accompanied by live entertainment provided by acoustic guitarist, Rick Iacoboni. While contemplating bids, attendees will enjoy a heavy hors d’oeuvres buffet, desserts and a cash bar. All proceeds raised at the event will fund Melanoma Education Initiative’s education efforts including visiting schools and community events to teach people about early detection and prevention.

In addition to the Silent Auction, there will be presentations from Beth Mancini, Executive Director and Founder of Melanoma Education Initiative and Stan Adler, melanoma survivor and patient advocate. Beth will update the attendees on all that the charity has accomplished in 2013 including the creation of the documentary, The M Word, and the educating of thousands of Northeast Ohioans about melanoma. Stan will share his journey from stage IV melanoma at which he suffered metastases in his liver, lungs and lymph nodes that were “too numerous to count” to NED – no evidence of disease. Stan will provide insight into the decision making process for those facing a similar diagnosis and provide a question and answer session.

Registration is required for the event which can be done online at http://www.melanomaed.org or call 330- 322-7533 to get a mail-in form. The cost is $50 for one attendee and $85 for two. Deadline for purchasing tickets is Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

Melanoma Education Initiative is a non-profit public charity based in Hudson, Ohio. All awareness efforts are made possible by generous tax-deductible donations from the public. To get more information visit their website at http://www.melanomaed.org. Donations can be sent to P.O. Box 1411, Hudson, Ohio 44236-1411.

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