LENOX Non-Profit of the Month: Melanoma Know More

Melanoma Know More is a 501(c)3 non-profit servicing the Greater Cincinnati Area with a mission to reduce the impact of melanoma through awareness, education, support of medical research, and assistance to persons affected by melanoma. Melanoma Know More was founded by renowned melanoma oncology specialist, Dr. Philip Leming of The Christ Hospital, and a network of some of his patients and their families. They were determined to generate awareness about melanoma and educate the community on the importance of early detection and prevention practices. Since the organization’s inception in 2007, Melanoma Know More has grown from a volunteer run organization to a fully functioning non-profit organization with a small staff, an active board of directors and hundreds of volunteers in the community. They have developed successful program initiatives, brought awareness to the deadliest form of skin cancer, and continues to raise thousands of dollars every year to continue the fight against melanoma. Their portfolio of programs/events consists of the following:


  • Free monthly skin cancer screening clinics in partnership with The Christ Hospital, MercyHealth, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, TriHealth, and UCHealth. They will have screened over 6,800 patients since the program started in 2010. www.melanomaknowmore.com/screening

  • School and youth education outreach in partnership with local area schools to raise awareness about melanoma and provide critical information regarding prevention and skin protection. They have provided outreach to over 5,000 students in 3 years. www.melanomaknowmore.com/education

  • Community education in partnership with area organizations and businesses. They distribute awareness materials, host educational lunch and learns at local companies and more. melanomaknowmore.com/community-requests

  • Funding of research projects at the University of Cincinnati that focus on melanoma prevention. www.melanomaknowmore.com/research

  • Distribution of sunscreen to area organizations, events, businesses, etc. They also have recently started to provide sunscreen via dispensers at various events throughout Greater Cincinnati, including the Flying Pig Marathon.

  • Over 100 individuals run or walk in a Flying Pig Marathon event each year and raise funds to support the mission of Melanoma Know More as members of Team Melanoma Know More. www.melanomaknowmore.com/teamelanomaknowmore

  • Melanoma Know More hosts their signature fundraising event, Music for Melanoma, each year at Kenwood Country Club. The event features 10+ incredibly talented musicians from across the country, a silent auction, raffle, great food, drinks, fun and more. www.melanomaknowmore.com/musicformelanoma

For more information about Melanoma Know More, visit www.melanomaknowmore.com or contact Leanne Blair, Executive Director, at 513.364.6653 or leanne@melanomaknowmore.com.

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