On Monday, June 1, more than 100 golfers gathered at Carmel Country Club to celebrate the 10th Annual Save Your Skin Melanoma Awareness Golf Classic, raising an unprecedented $71,000 towards Melanoma prevention and research at Levine Cancer Institute. The fundraising success of this year’s event brings the 10-year total to $500,000 in charitable support for the Carolinas Melanoma and Immunotherapy Fund at LCI.
Martin Kreshon, Sr., M.D., a prominent local physician, was a key figure in the creation of this tournament, which honors the life of his late wife Jerri, a former patient of Carolinas HealthCare System who lost her battle with melanoma in 2005. Standing hopeful alongside Dr. Kreshon were numerous melanoma advocates and patients, including Russ Guerin, a former CHS executive who was first diagnosed with melanoma in 2005 and whose dedicate to the cause has inspired significant funding for Melanoma research at LCI, as well as 18-year Melanoma survivor Ken Lowery, who credits his survival to the breakthrough treatments being developed by physicians at LCI.
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Reception Sponsor, Bourne Partners; Awareness Sponsors, MedCost Benefit Services and ACN; and SPF 25 Sponsors, Levine Cancer Institute, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, Income Research & Management, Lincoln Harris, and Sterling Capital.
Pictured: (L-R) Dr. Terry Sarantou, Levine Cancer Institute; Ken Vance, Bank of America; Banks Bourne, Bourne Properties; Dr. Richard White, Levine Cancer Institute; Russ Guerin, melanoma patient; and Dr. Martin Kreshon, Founder of Save Your Skin celebrate another successful fundraising year.