According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
One group made strides to reverse that trend Saturday at the annual AIM For The Cure Walk.
Energetic 21 year-old Mitch Brogdon doesn't look like the face of melanoma skin cancer, but he was diagnosed with it when he was just 15 years old.
"I mean honestly when you're young you think it's for older people just because you are in that mind frame, but really it was just a wake up call that you're not invisible," Brogdon said.
Five years later and cancer free, Brogdon ran in his first AIM For the Cure 5K Saturday and said he likes being able to shine light on the issue.
"It's good for people in the community come together and be more aware of it," said Brogdon.
That's exactly the vision Jean Schlipmann had when she co-founded AIM At Melanoma, the largest international melanoma foundation that focuses on research, education, legislation, and awareness.
The cause is close to Schlipmann's heart, because her husband Jim died from melanoma 10 years ago at the age of 44, and she said at the time there was no information out there about the cancer.
"I would go to the website try to find out anything I could about it and there was no information so when he died I wanted to provide people with a resource they could go and have help," Schlipmann said.
Participants of the 5K were able to get free skin cancer screenings, and as survivor Michael Badamo knows all too well, testing is the best tool for survival.
"Get checked. I can't encourage it enough to people to just get checked. If it's nothing it's nothing but if you catch it early you have a much better chance of living a full life without complication," said Badamo.
If you would like more information on Schlipmann's foundation you can visit her website www.aimatmelanoma.org.
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