Annual Melanoma walk in Watertown raises money, awareness

Annual Melanoma walk in Watertown raises money, awareness

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The 13th annual ‘Steps Against Melanoma’ walk took place Sunday in Watertown’s Thompson Park.

It was a chance to raise money to combat Melanoma, a form of skin cancer, and to raise awareness about the danger of the disease.

The walk this year was in memory of several people, including Greg Maur and Triciia Alteri-Jeffers. Tricia’s mother, Peggy Alteri, was one of the organizers of the walk and said she wanted to spread awareness of the dangers of tanning beds, which she blames for her daughter’s cancer.

“I would love to see tanning beds banned in the United States,” she said. “I’ve learned a very hard lesson, and my purpose in life at this point is to pass that message along to other people.”

Alteri said treatments for Melanoma have drastically improved since her daughter’s death. According to the sponsoring organization “Aim At Melanoma”'s web site, Sunday’s walk raised at least $3,000.

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