Donna’s Big Birthday gift!
Donna Armstrong was diagnosed with early-stage melanoma when she was 5 months pregnant. She is now thankfully doing well after minor surgery and since her diagnosis Donna has become passionate about raising community awareness and funds for melanoma research. Donna has donated her birthday two years in a row, requesting friends and family to donate in lieu of gifts. She has shown fantastic creativity in her fundraising activities, putting on events ranging from movie screenings to market stalls!
Andrew gets his team on board!
23 year old University student, Andrew, is a passionate rugby player, and as a result spends a lot of time out in the sun. Well aware of the serious effects of melanoma having lost his Dad in 2011 to the disease, Andrew makes sure he is sun safe every time he is out on the field, while also encouraging all his team mates to do the same.
Andrew also engages his rugby club in fundraising activities at multiple points throughout the year. They support MIA through their annual Melanoma Memorial Shield comp at the beginning of each season, as well as entering a team in the City 2 Surf and participating in the Melanoma March.
Andrew says “attaching myself to Melanoma Institute Australia has been the best decision I have made so far in life. I don't wish the pain and sadness I felt through Dad’s last 6 months – and still feel at times today – on any person. MIA have taught me so much on how I can help and open up about my story”.
Hear first hand the affect that research has had on the lives of melanoma patients and their families.