Presenting a check for $10,000 to the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), the Point Pleasant Boro Rotary Club marked an achievement of donating a total contribution of $60,000 in the last six years.
This contribution, as it has for the previous five years, represents a portion of the proceeds realized from the Club’s 9th Annual Kevin A. Brue Melanoma Awareness Father’s Day 5K and Fun Run held last June.
The MRF is the largest independent, national organization devoted to fighting melanoma, the most serious of skin cancers in the United States. It was founded in 1996 and regularly achieves the highest rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most utilized independent charity evaluator.
“This Club made a commitment six years ago to use the race proceeds to help in the battle against melanoma,” remarked Club President David Guetzlaff   “and in each of the last six years the Club was able to donate $10,000 to help the Melanoma Research Foundation. Our Club is proud to be part of this campaign to fight one of the fastest growing cancers in the United States.”
The race is named for Kevin A. Brue, an avid runner and former Point Boro High School athlete, who passed away after a brave struggle with melanoma. His father John Brue, Sr. and his brother, John Brue, Jr. are past presidents of the Club.
Tim Turnham, Executive Director of the MRF, in a message from his office in Washington, D. C. stated “We are truly grateful to The Point Pleasant Boro Rotary Club and its members for their support of the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF). It is because of the generosity of groups like this, that the MRF is able to fund cutting-edge research in cutaneous, ocular, mucosal and acral melanoma. There are over one million individuals living with melanoma and we are able to help these patients by supporting the doctors and researchers who are dedicated to finding a cure.”
“Every step taken in the fight builds on a foundation to provide amazing hope. The life expectancy for a person stricken with melanoma has increased considerably since my first visit to the Point Pleasant Boro Rotary Club six years ago” noted Mr. Turnham.
“Melanoma can strike anyone, noted Thomas Santoro, Jr. immediate past president of the Club “and there is a one in 50 lifetime risk of developing melanoma. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25 to 29-years-old and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15 to 29-years-old.” 
The work of the Rotary Club has allowed it to help St. Gregory’s Pantry; sponsor a youth water safety program; fund a dictionary donation for each third grade student at Nellie Bennett and Ocean Road schools; and, award scholarships to local high school graduates.  The Club is a primary partner with the Boro Police Department in the Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEAD) program in Point Pleasant’s elementary and middle schools and underwrites a related self-confidence poster contest. It has provided support in the creation of a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classroom at Nellie Bennett School.
Additionally, the club contributes to Rotary International’s goal to eradicate polio; provide clean water in underdeveloped areas of the world; and, help provide adequate shelter for those in disaster areas. It also supports Face of America, a program that honors the men and women who were wounded or disabled while in service to our nation and Wreaths Across America, honoring our deceased veterans.
Preparations are now underway to hold the 10th annual 5K on Saturday, June 17, 2017.  Jim Higgins, Race Director, indicated that   “The energetic spirit demonstrated in the past by the borough administration and several of its departments, the school system, the running community, local businesses, our fellow residents and our Club members, points to the race sustaining its goal to generate assistance to many charitable and community-based groups. It is really quite an accomplishment that the race is approaching a decade.”
Rotary International is a nonprofit international organization with 1.2 million members in over 34,200 clubs worldwide. Founded in 1905 in Chicago, its members are dedicated to living its motto of “Service Above Self.”
The Point Pleasant Boro Club was established in 1971 and meets each Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. at Simko’s Grill, 403 Higgins Avenue, Brielle.
More information about the Point Pleasant Boro Rotary Club’s activities can be obtained by visiting www.ptbororotary.com.