CONCORD, Mass. -- Applications are now available for running in the Boston Marathon(R) as part of the Melanoma Foundation of New England's marathon team, Running for Cover. With Bill Rodgers back again as the honorary team captain, the Foundation is looking forward to another successful Marathon year.
Runners can go to www.mfne.org and download an application for Boston. The fundraising minimum is $3,250 for invitational runners, and $350 for qualified runners (runners who ran a previous marathon fast enough to qualify for Boston). Applicants will be notified in mid-November if they make the team. Team members receive Running for Cover apparel, fundraising tips, training support including meetings with Bill Rodgers, and the satisfaction of knowing they will make a very real difference in the fight against melanoma. Last year's Running for Cover team raised over $200,000 through the Boston Marathon.
Melanoma is now the fastest growing cancer in the United States -- in fact, one person dies each hour from the disease. However, if detected in the early stages, melanoma can usually be treated successfully. The Foundation is committed to improving the statistics by educating the public about the need for early detection and prevention and by offering programs to help patients and their families cope with melanoma.
Skin cancer is the number one diagnosed cancer in the United States, and melanoma is the most preventable of all cancers. The Melanoma Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 and is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.