The University of Arizona Cancer Center Skin Cancer Institute hosted the Fight Melanoma Golf Tournament, Oct. 28, at the Omni Tucson National Resort.
The tournament drew about 60 participants and included 18 holes of golf, raffle prizes, a lunch buffet, and lessons on how the institute carries out their mission of preventing and curing skin cancer.
This event was part of a continued effort to increase public awareness about the impact of melanoma in the local community and, as a non-profit organization, the impact of donors, sponsors and grants.
Mohammad Fazel, MD, PharmD, clinical assistant professor, College of Medicine–Tucson, Dermatology, gave a presentation titled “Melanoma in Arizona––the Changes We Can Make.” He highlighted the importance of addressing the impact of melanoma in the area.
“We had great support from the community during the tournament,” said Dylan Miller, UArizona Skin Cancer Institute program coordinator. “We were able to continue to interact with some of our most active participants and build on the education component, and it also opened our audience to several golfers throughout Tucson.”
Jerry Cannella of Desert Toyota said they have been supporting the wonderful resource of the Skin Cancer Institute since 2018 because they recognize the issue of skin cancer in the sun-intense climate of Tucson.
“Our entire team believes strongly that supporting events such as the Fight Melanoma Golf Tournament is essential in our quest to help make the world a better place and specifically to assist in the funding to make it happen,” Cannella said.
Looking ahead, Miller also said that with the success of the Fight Melanoma Golf Tournament, the team hopes to make this an annual event, continuing to bring together research, clinical care, education, and community outreach.