Miller School Helps the Community Get SunSmart at 5K Run/Walk

A record 640 runners took part in the Golden Key Gets SunSmart 5K Run/Walk on Key Biscayne to educate the community about sun safety and provide free skin cancer screenings.

Now in its third year, the race serves as an annual reminder about sun safety, which Pascal J. Goldschmidt, M.D., Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Miller School, says is key to prevention.

“Through events such as the Golden Key Gets SunSmart 5K, we are increasing awareness about the importance of early detection in melanoma,” said the Dean, who was among the many UM faculty, staff and students who participated in the April 7 race. “I’m proud that the Miller School is taking a lead role in this effort.”

Sponsored by the Miller School’s dermatological organization SunSmart and UM’s undergraduate Golden Key honor society, the 3.1-mile run/walk also raised more than $7,000 for melanoma research in the Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery and for the city of Miami’s Public Access Defibrillation Program.

“It was wonderful to have both the undergraduate and graduate students of UM come together to make strides toward education, detection, and research in melanoma with the run/walk in Crandon Park,” said James Grichnik, M.D., Ph.D., professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery and director of the melanoma program. He and residents provided free skin cancer screenings to participants.

Indeed, students and faculty members worked together for months to prepare for the event – boosting awareness, seeking sponsorships, and getting the community involved. Grichnik said the effort was worth it.

“Together we will save lives,” he said.

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