Light the Night Purple this May

Melanoma Awareness Month


Melanoma Awareness

While we have worked to make great strides in educating people on the risks that sun exposure can cause, melanoma still accounts for about 1% of skin cancers but causes a large majority of skin cancer deaths. This year alone over 100,000 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed - according to the American Cancer Society.

Practicing sun safety when you are outdoors is the best way to lower your risk of melanoma - wear protective clothing, use sunscreen, wear a hat and sunglasses whenever you head outdoors.


Light the Night Purple

Our annual event to thank all of our support from the community is held every May; unfortunately this year we have had to postpone to ensure that our community stays healthy. We are very excited to be back together with everyone in 2022 and hope that throughout the month of May you will help us spread the importance of sun safety - especially as we kick off the summer season and all get outside to enjoy the beautiful days ahead.


Levine Cancer Institute Research

Over the years we have funded three grants that have totaled $120,000 to focus on immunotherapy research. These grants help fund research that identifies more effective ways in which immunotherapy can be used in the treatment of melanoma.

In 2008, there was a 5% chance of survival from late-stage melanoma. With the research that is being done on immunotherapy and the development of better drug protocols, today, for a late-stage melanoma diagnosis, if the patient reacts favorably to the prescribed protocols, life expectancy has increased to over 50%.

Sun Safety for Peru

Over the last decade rates of cancer have been on the rise in Peru. Our board President, David Hodgkins has had a wonderful relationship with the community in Peru through the Rotary Club, and we have partnered with them this year to provide the hard-working farming community of Arequipa, Peru with sunscreen. Your continued support will help us to provide their community with more than 500 bottles of sunscreen.


Girl Scouts Hornets Nest Council

Since 2008 The Purple Promise Foundation has supported the Girl Scouts organization with close to $150,000 for sun-safety educational programming, sunscreen distribution, and helping to provide young girls the opportunity to attend summer camp at no cost. This year we are committed to helping send 15 girls to summer camp and provide the camp with individual sunscreen packets for all campers.

Sun Safety Summer

May is the unofficial start to summer which means, sun safety awareness is extremely important to all of us at The Purple Promise Foundation. Although melanoma research and treatments have increased substantially over the last few years, skin cancer is still on the rise, especially in young adults. So, don't let your love of summer and sunshine cause you to be a statistic, protect your skin all year long!

Board of Directors Update

We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to support our foundation over the years. While we are still unable to hold our annual Light the Night Purple event, we can't wait until we can all be together and celebrate all the advancements in melanoma research and achievements in sun safety and education that are possible because of your support.

2020 was a year of change for so many; events were canceled, research was temporarily halted, and we all began to try and navigate a new kind of normal, but as a board, we were determined to not let that hold us back from continuing to bring awareness to melanoma. We held our annual event online and had an amazing show of support from our community. We can't wait to be back together again with all of you, but for now, we hope you are able to see all the amazing things that we, as a foundation, have been able to accomplish this last year because of the continued support from all of you.


Dermatology, Laser & Vein Specialists

A special thank you to Dr. Gilly Munavalli and his staff at Dermatology, Laser, and Vein Specialists of the Carolinas for all their support over the few years.

South End Suffle

Despite all the challenges this year brought to events in our area, we are so grateful for The South End Shuffle and their continued support of our organization at their annual 5K run or walk.

Levine Cancer Institute

Our mission would not be possible if not for all of the staff at Atrium Health, Levine Cancer Institute, especially to Dr. Richard White who serves on our board of directors.

Skufca Law, PLLC

Ron and Silvia Skufca have been friends and supporters of the Purple Promise Foundation since 2014; always helping to spread awareness about melanoma.

Support from all of YOU makes all of this possible!

  • Progress towards Light the Night Purple in May fundraising goal

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