The battle to defeat melanoma
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.