Miles Against Melanoma

Maria Grabowski, Arthur Frankel, M.D., Jennifer Lemmo, and Amanda Billings
Maria Grabowski, Arthur Frankel, M.D., Jennifer Lemmo, and Amanda Billings

After being diagnosed with melanoma, Jennifer Lemmo immediately recognized the importance of raising awareness for the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Through Miles Against Melanoma (MAM), Mrs. Lemmo brought her community together to raise $18,000 to support melanoma research at UT Southwestern Medical Center. MAM is a national organization with a mission to provide funding for awareness, education, advocacy, and research for skin cancer, melanoma, and cancers related to melanoma.

Mrs. Lemmo was inspired to plan the 5K/Fun Run when she heard of a family that had just lost their teenage daughter to melanoma.“After learning of her untimely passing, I knew that I needed to plan this event,” Mrs. Lemmo said.

The family has since started their own chapter of MAM in Oklahoma, and their first 5K will be this September.

The late fall race featured a balloon release for those who have lost their battle with melanoma, as well as angel and survivor dedications along the course. UT Southwestern’s Department of Dermatology, under the direction of Department Chair Kim Yancey, M.D., provided skin checks, a critical screening tool against skin cancer, to race participants and visitors.

One of Mrs. Lemmo’s physicians, Arthur Frankel, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, also participated in the 5K. “It has been an honor to work with Jennifer,” Dr. Frankel said. “We will work hard at UT Southwestern to advance new treatments for melanoma patients.”

In addition to planning the race, Mrs. Lemmo spoke at several local schools about sun safety, the dangers of tanning beds, and the importance of early detection. “By giving people hope, it gave me hope that I was making a difference,” Mrs. Lemmo said.