DURHAM, N.C. — In partnership with the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation, Duke women’s basketball is set to host the annual Melanoma Awareness game on Sunday, January 6 as the Blue Devils host third-ranked Louisville in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Game time is set for 2 p.m., and will be aired live on the ACC Network Extra.
Duke women’s basketball is proud to partner with Polka Dot Mama, whose mission is to raise awareness about melanoma and promote early detection. Portions of proceeds raised from the game will go towards the foundation to further this cause.
This cause is close to Blue Devil head coach’s Joanne P. McCallie’s heart, who is a multiple time melanoma survivor.
“DWB and all at Duke are thrilled to support the awareness and early detection campaign of Melanoma through our partnership with the Polka Dot Mama Foundation,” said McCallie. “The work that Dr. Georgia Beasley is doing with her dedicated research and study is remarkable and so very inspiring. We celebrate this team effort to truly make a difference and find a cure to this insidious disease. Go Duke in all ways!”
Current Duke senior Faith Suggs also lost her mother to melanoma in 2011 so raising awareness for melanoma is special to her heart as well.
“This game is my favorite of the season because of the awareness we raise for melanoma cancer,” commented Suggs. “Melanoma is a disease that can affect anybody and by us bringing attention to the issue I am hoping we can prevent others from being affected.”
Founded in 2015 by three-time melanoma survivor Tracy Callahan, the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation is a non-profit organization that funds research, raises awareness and educates the community about melanoma.
“After my third melanoma diagnosis, I began to network with survivors and skin cancer organizations across the country, and Polka Dot Mama was born in 2015,” commented Callahan, the nonprofit’s founder. “The more educated I became, the more I wanted to educate others. Unlike so many other cancers, scientists have actually figured out the secret to avoiding most types of melanomas: protect yourself from the sun and avoid tanning beds. But as simple as it sounds, I discovered that people have so many misconceptions about melanoma.”
Currently one in five people in the United States will be diagnosed with skin cancer in their lifetime with melanoma being the deadliest. In 2016, the US Surgeon General declared skin cancer an epidemic in this country, yet it is highly preventable. Melanoma does not discriminate against age, race, gender or skin color. Learn more at polkadotmama.org.
All fans in attendance will be encouraged to wear polka dots in support of the Polka Dot Mama Foundation.
For ticket information, contact the Duke Ticket Office at (919) 681-2583 or 1-877-375-3853. You can also purchase tickets online at www.GoDuke.com.