Your Support at Work

Outrun the Sun, Inc. believes that proper education and in-depth medical research are our vital defenses against melanoma. We are grateful to the thousands of individuals and organizations that have come forward with generous support of the following programs:

Outrun the Sun, Inc. National Melanoma Research Scholar

Created in 2006, the program is open to any melanoma researcher nationwide who meets criteria established by the OTS board of directors. Financial support serves as start up funding for investigators, allowing their research studies to progress to the degree that they are able to pursue larger-scale funding from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health. The OTS Scientific Review Panel reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the OTS Board of Directors.

Outrun the Sun is honored to have two donor-designated funds supporting the Research Scholar Program: The Pamela Hene Melanoma Research Fund and the William E. Holland Melanoma Research Fund. These funds were created in loving memory of Mr. Holland and Ms. Hene by their families and friends.

Learn more about individual OTS Melanoma Research Scholars and their studies.

Outrun the Sun, Inc. Melanoma Education/Outreach Programs

Education and outreach programs reach children and young adults with the messages of sun safety and skin cancer prevention. OTS partners with organizations including the YMCA, Purdue University and others, to help put students on the road to life-long, sun-safe practices. Learn more about our educational programming.

Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma

The Outrun the Sun Race Against Melanoma was established in 2005 and it has become the largest evening event of its kind in the United States supporting skin cancer education and melanoma research. It is a unique run/walk that takes place in the evening to keep participants out of the sun’s harsh daytime ultraviolet rays.

The purpose of the race is to involve communities, provide educational information about skin cancer prevention, and generate financial support through sponsorships, donations, and registration fees. Event funding helps support important educational and research programming. To date, the OTS Race Against Melanoma has generated more than one million dollars to support skin cancer education and melanoma research. Learn more by visiting the Events page.

Hear what people are saying about the Race:

“I am completely honored to be involved with OTS. It was so wonderful to spend such quality time with the many cancer survivors who came to the race. I found myself quite humbled by the courage of the survivors. No one was complaining, everyone just showed up to work, to set up, to run. The OTS weekend gave me new perspective, to make the most of the day instead of dwelling on what could happen tomorrow. I am empowered by this fresh perspective and I am so thankful that I had a chance to participate.”

Deborah Lang, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2007 OTS Melanoma Research Scholar
Outrun the Sun Melanoma Research and Education Forum

Outrun the Sun convenes its research and education partners for an informative overview of progress occurring in the world of melanoma research and skin cancer education. Top donors, sponsors and constituencies are invited to this annual event.

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