Retired Bakers union member walks to defeat melanoma

Robin Zimmerman, a retired 36-year member of Bakers Local 114, is looking for sponsors as he walks to help find a cure for melanoma.

The AIM at Melanoma Foundation is holding a 5k walk and fun run Saturday, May 21, starting and finishing at the Collaborative Life Sciences Building, 2730 S.W. Moody Avenue, on the South Waterfront in Portland. The event will take participants across the new Tilikum Crossing over the Willamette River. Monies raised will go toward research to find a cure for melanoma.

Zimmerman, a melanoma survivor, lost his wife in 2008 after a four year battle with the disease. “We are working to bring together those affected by melanoma to improve awareness, prevention, and help move research forward,” he said.

The walk and fun run is in conjunction with the War on Skin Cancer Screening and Research Expo the same day. Oregon has the fifth highest occurrence of melanoma in the nation at 29.6 cases per 100,000 residents. Washington ranks 8th at 27.5 per 100,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

At the expo, dermatologists will be on hand to offer free skin checks and provide information on how to monitor your own skin, and to offer advise on the best sunscreens to use.

Click here to donate to Zimmerman or to learn more about melanoma.

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