Joanne P. McCallie will be the keynote speaker for the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation (PDMMF) inaugural “Taste for a Cure Chef’s Gala” Sunday, May 1, 2016 at Carlee Farm.DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women’s basketball head coach
The sold out gala is a farm-to-table event featuring courses from seven, top triangle-area chefs along with McCallie, who is a four-time survivor of melanoma.
Participating chefs include Justin Anderson (Sous Chef, Gocciolina), James Dutra (Head Chef, Harvest Restaurant), Greg Gettles (Executive Chef, Piedmont), Serge Falcoz-vigne (Executive Chef and General Manager, Saint-Jacques), Christopher Prieto (Champion Pitmaster and Owner, PRIME Barbecue), Geoff Seelen (Farmer and Chef, Piedmont Biofarm) and Evan Sheridan (Pastry Chef, Herons). All seven chefs from the triangle have donated their time and talent for the event.
McCallie has become an advocate for melanoma awareness and education, particularly in young people. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, is the fastest growing cancer in this country and the most commonly diagnosed cancer among young people ages 15-29. In March, McCallie took part in the filming of our awareness campaign led by Myrida Media in Raleigh. This campaign "These Tan Lines Don't Fade" will debut at the gala on May 1, 2016. McCallie bared her scars in an effort to raise much needed awareness.
Recently completing her ninth season with the Blue Devils, McCallie had her first battle with melanoma in August of 2008 and has since then had 50 stitches taken out of four different spots on her body.
Each year in the United States, nearly five million people are treated for all skin cancers combined. Melanoma is responsible for the most deaths of all skin cancers, with nearly 9,000 people dying from it each year.
The PDMMF was founded in 2015 by melanoma survivor Tracy Callahan and is a non-profit organization that funds research, raises awareness and educates the community about melanoma.
The foundation has not only been able to raise money for much needed research, but it has also been able to bring the community together in such a magical way. In addition to raising awareness and providing education about melanoma, the PDMMF has also established a strong support network for melanoma survivors. The night of the Gala many advanced stage melanoma patients will be attending. Their tickets were generously donated to them by donors.
For more information on the event, head to www.tasteforacuregala.com.