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 at Coolangatta 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.
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.
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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.
myGC caught up with Donna to find out why she and Adam are encouraging locals to sign up and take part in the Melanoma March.
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 march has been one of the highest regional fundraisers in the country and The Strand Marketing Manager, Sarah Clasen said the centre was 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,” she said.
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 here: strandcoolangatta.com.au/