The bat­tle to de­feat me­lanoma

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

LAST year we brought you the story of Bert Collins, the cheeky 101-year-old who de­feated the Ja­panese in World War II but needed help to de­feat me­lanoma.

De­spite be­ing di­ag­nosed with stage four me­lanoma, with tu­mours in his brain, liver, bones and lungs, he un­der­went life­sav­ing im­mune ther­apy at the Me­lanoma In­sti­tute Aus­tralia. Now Mr Collins wants to raise aware­ness about me­lanoma and the im­por­tance of be­ing sun- safe.

“There was no ed­u­ca­tion about sun safety when I was grow­ing up. I never wore sun­screen,” Mr Collins said.

Collins will be turn­ing 102 on March 11, the same day as his lo­cal Pen­rith Me­lanoma March.

The ini­tia­tive by Me­lanoma In­sti­tute Aus­tralia aims to raise aware­ness and funds for re­search for me­lanoma. THE ME­LANOMA MARCH IS HAP­PEN­ING ACROSS 21 LO­CA­TIONS AROUND THE COUN­TRY. TO REGIS­TER FOR YOUR LO­CAL ME­LANOMA MARCH OR TO DO­NATE, GO TO WWW. MELANOMA­MARCH. ORG. AU.

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