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Washington, D.C. Melanoma Patient Community Celebrates Treatment Advances
Date:11/8/2011

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This year, the melanoma community saw the first new approvals of drugs to treat melanoma in 13 years.  This major step forward will give more than 400 party-goers reason to celebrate at the third annual Wings of Hope Gala.  They will gather at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Va. on Saturday, November 19 to applaud these cutting-edge advances and raise money for future research through the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF).

The urgency of new research is underscored by the experiences of several D.C. metro area families.  Chad MacDonald lost his wife, Brenda, to melanoma in 2005 and founded the Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Research Foundation in her honor.  Bud Wilkinson lost his wife, Lynn, earlier this year.  These families joined others in the community affected by melanoma to spearhead the event to raise critical funds for research.   

"We are making tremendous progress in identifying new, effective treatments for melanoma – a disease that had limited treatment options for so many years," said Chad MacDonald, founder of the Brenda MacDonald Melanoma Research Foundation and gala chair. "But even with this year's remarkable breakthroughs, we have a long way to go to cure this lethal disease.  More research is urgently needed."

Event organizers expect to make a substantial donation to support innovative research facilitated through the Melanoma Research Foundation.  The MRF is the largest independent, national organization dedicated to supporting education efforts, patient advocacy and medical research aimed at finding treatments, and eventually a cure, for melanoma.  The MRF's efforts include support for clinical trials combining investigational therapies.

Event organizers are partnering with area businesses and corporations to offer guests an exciting evening of music, dancing, gourmet food and drink, as well
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