Local runner raising awareness of melanoma through positivity

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Local runner raising awareness of melanoma through positivity: Ali Gorman reports during Action News at 5pm on September 29, 2017. (WPVI)

A local runner is raising awareness about skin cancer and also how to stay positive when life gets tough.

Marny Baxt is mourning the loss of her mother Barbara, who died last year at age 63 due to melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

Marny says her mother was first diagnosed and treated 15 years ago, then the cancer came back and spread to her brain.

"To watch somebody go through this, that is I think the hardest part of it all," she said.

In hopes of helping others, she reminds everyone to protect your skin with sunblock and shade and get annual skin checks.

She's also training for the Miles for Melanoma 5k to help raise money for research.

She created a team called Barbara's Bravehearts and enlisted friends from Incline Running to join her.

Marny says exercise and just moving helps her stay positive.

"I do it in the memory of my parents and for the people who can never do it or they don't have a chance or opportunity to do it and grabbing other people with you is so much easier than doing it alone," she said.

The Miles for Melanoma 5k is a run and walk at the Philadelphia Zoo on October 7th.

ONLINE:

http://join.melanoma.org/site/TR?fr_id=1387&pg=entry

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