JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - 5:30 p.m. is not the usual time to hold a 5K run, but it made sense for Saturday night's event. The organizers did not want people to get sunburned.
"We do it in the evening when we're out of the hottest rays of the sun and it's really caught on because you'll notice a lot of families are out here too," said Clarion Ledger cartoonist Marshall Ramsey.
It is the 7th annual Run From The Sun to raise awareness about Melanoma skin cancer. Free screenings are offered before and after the run.
"I got an email this week from a lady who got screened and had cancer and she found it here. She was so appreciative that we did this and that makes all the hard work worth it," said Leonard E. Warren Melanoma Foundation President Keith Warren.
For organizers Warren and Ramsey this hits close to home. Warren's father died from the cancer and Ramsey is a survivor.
"I'm great," said Ramsey. "I was very fortunate that it got caught early and that's why we do the race. We want folks to get that same chance that I had."
Melanoma strikes children too, like ten year old Khloe Fowlkes of Brandon. "She has had 6 surgeries, has spent a month in Houston at the hospital and goes back every three months for check ups," said Khloe's mother Missy Fowlkes.
"It has been kind of scary in some parts and then in some parts it has been exciting," said Khloe who is referring to being in remission for the last year.
"It just feels good to stay where I'm at," said Khloe.
Every dollar raised in the run will go to help research a cure and education others about skin cancer. Organizers expected to raise $30,000.
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