Double Your Impact: May Fundraisers Matched Dollar-For-Dollar!

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 18 April 2019 | Allies & Partnerships, News


Matching Donations For Melanoma Research

Why is melanoma research important?

There are many possible answers. Maybe you’re curious and fascinated by science and the rapid progress it enables. Maybe you’re a caregiver and tired of feeling powerless seeing a loved one getting biopsy after biopsy. Or, maybe you’re a patient – and to you, research means hope for a brighter tomorrow. 

Whatever your reason – research is essential to ending death and suffering due to melanoma. So, what can you do to help?

Thanks to a generous matching gift from our co-founders, Debra and Leon Black, every donation made to MRA through an individual fundraising campaign in May, will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $65,000.* 

Whether you want to run a marathon or dedicate your birthday – it’s never been a better time to get started. We’ve created new tools and resources to help you mobilize your friends and family to fight melanoma by advancing research.

Download the MRA Fundraising Toolkit

 MRA is not only the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research in the world, but also, the only  melanoma organization that sends 100% of your donation directly to research – with no administrative, development, or other fees.

Your fundraising options are limitless, but here are two examples:

Dedicate Your Birthday and Honor a Loved One:

Farrah Ferriell recently told her friends, through a Facebook post, that she didn’t want personal gifts this year – and instead would be raising money for a cure to melanoma. Her brother had recently passed away after a grueling, five-month battle against the disease at the too young age of 38. His melanoma had a rare NRAS mutation, which made it harder to treat. Her goal was to raise $410 for her 41st birthday. Instead, Farrah raised $1,340 through the generous contributions of her friends and family that will go directly toward melanoma research.

Facebook fundraisers are an easy way to raise money for melanoma research! 

“After losing my younger brother, I was sad and angry,” said Farrah. “I then imagined how I could help someone else reach their 40th birthday. I am so grateful for Melanoma Research Alliance and their contributions for a cure. I am confident I can help someone else reach their next birthday because of their work.” 

Learn more about online fundraising opportunities

Host an Event:

Chic to Chic Challenge3Using Crowdrise, two-time melanoma survivor Ellen Didion formed the Great Chic Challenge 5k to give back and make a difference. Last year’s walk raised over $6,000 for melanoma research and this year’s event will take place virtually, allowing people from across the country to participate. 

“I founded the Great Chic Challenge 5k to raise awareness and educate my community on the importance of protecting our skin against skin cancer. As a two-time melanoma survivor myself, I know how serious this is and how lucky I am to still be here.”

Learn more about hosting an event


 * Contributions to individual fundraisers - through Crowdrise and Facebook - will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $65,000.

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