A Golf Tournament for Melanoma

May 18, 2015, In: Family Life
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For the past four years our family has been organizing a golf tournament to raise funds and awareness for melanoma. We lost my father-in-law on April 28, 2011 and honestly before that we did not know how bad melanoma was. My husband and I thought skin cancer was something that could just be cut out and that would be it. We did not know that metastatic melanoma is one of the fastest growing and most deadly cancers today.

What’s scarier is that melanoma is the 2nd most common cancer in young adults aged 15-29 and the primary cause of cancer death in women aged 25-30. On top of that, 1 out of every 34 Americans will be diagnosed with a melanoma in their lifetime. These stats are just unbelievable to me. It proves melanoma is not just an “old person’s disease” and that we all need to be diligent in our efforts of prevention and detection.

That’s why we host the Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament. All proceeds benefit the University of Iowa Foundation and go directly to melanoma research. Over the course of the past 4 years we have sent nearly $80,000 to the Foundation and are starting to make an impact. The idea that we can be helping other families avoid the same fate is incredibly rewarding and keeps us going year after year.

This year’s tournament was held on May 16th. Our family is so grateful to everyone who participated and helped out. We are humbled and honored at all of your hard work and support. Here are just a few of the photos from this year’s event.

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The Yates Family with the Dermatology Doctors from Iowa City. Thank you for volunteering your time!

Just a few of our awesome golf teams. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support.

Just a few of our awesome golf teams. Thanks to everyone who came out and showed their support.

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Prize boxes at the Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament

Prize boxes at the Steve Yates Memorial Golf Tournament

We offered free skin cancer screenings again this year. Last year a melanoma was caught early and a life was saved!

Eleanor wanted to help Daddy drive the golf cart

I couldn’t resist one more cute one of Eleanor. She was fascinated with the golfers and could not wait for Daddy to get back.

Please remember to protect your family from the sun this year. Wear sunscreen. Seek shade when possible. Do not let your teenage daughters use tanning beds. If we can keep helping more families learn of the risks of melanoma we will be contributing to Steve’s legacy.

Stay tuned for the other posts in my May is Melanoma Awareness Month series. And if you missed the first two, you can check out the first and second post here.

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