Highlanders encouraged to join Picton Melanoma March

Mark Thomson is encouraging all Highlanders to take part in the Melanoma March on the 24th. Photo: Lauren Strode
Mark Thomson is encouraging all Highlanders to take part in the Melanoma March on the 24th. Photo: Lauren Strode

In November 2013, Mark Thomson was diagnosed as a Stage 4 Melanoma patient and given 10 months to live.

But four years later he is still here and helping raise awareness about the cancer.

“I don’t listen to doctors and I’m not good at maths,” he said.

“Hopefully people might learn to take care of their skin. [Forewarned] is prearmed.”

Mark is helping organise a Melanoma March this year in Picton.

2018 will be the third Melanoma March in the area, while the event has been going for seven years at a national level.

While there are marches being held all across the country, this one will be the closest for Highlanders who want to get involved.

Money raised from the march will go to the Melanoma Institute of Australia, which is where Mark receives his treatment.

“It just seemed logical to get involved and help out,” he said.

With about 20 people currently registered, Mark said they hoped to attract plenty more people before the event on March 24.

Previous marches have attracted more than 100 people.

It will involve a 4km walk and patients will also share their experiences on the day.

A live musician will provide some entertainment and to keep the kids amused there will be a jumping castle and face painting.

People will also be able to register on the day from 4pm, with the march itself beginning at 5pm.

It will take place at Regreme Road, Picton.

Visit melanomamarch.org.au for more information or to register.

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