Past War on Melanoma™ Events

2020 Virtual Steps Against Melanoma Walk

For the past 7 years, OHSU's War on Melanoma has partnered with melanoma community leaders to host an AIM at Melanoma 5k Walk and Fun Run. Although we are unable to host an in-person walk this year due to COVID-19 concerns, we did not let that stop us!

The 2020 virtual Steps Against Melanoma Walk raised almost $10,000 for melanoma research. Individuals and teams came together to walk on Sept. 19, 2020, to honor melanoma patients past, present and future.

Investigating Clinical Trials Virtual Melanoma Roundtable

Date: Friday, September 18
Time: Noon - 1 p.m. PST

Join us for a virtual roundtable discussion as we delve into clinical trials - what they are, how they work, how they translate to advances in melanoma care, and some highlighted examples of promising recent/ongoing trials.

We will also be answering your "mailbag" questions - please enter any questions you may have for the panel during the registration process, including any future topics you may want to hear about.

View Investigating Clinical Trials recording

Whats New in Melanoma Research? Virtual Roundtable

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020
Place: Virtual /Remote Conference

While COVID-19 has undoubtedly affected researchers, the work to better understand and treat melanoma has not stopped.

We will ask our panel of interdisciplinary melanoma experts from OHSU's Knight Cancer Institute Melanoma Program (see list below) to provide short capsule presentations on recent research topics they find particularly significant or interesting.

View What's New in Melanoma Research recording

Melanoma in the Era of COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable

Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
Place: Virtual /Remote Conference

A virtual roundtable discussion where we delve into the current state of COVID-19 as it pertains to melanoma patients and treatments.

How has this virus affected melanoma providers? What treatments are being prioritized or deprioritized? How has this affected clinical research? What can you do if you cannot be seen by your provider? A panel of interdisciplinary melanoma experts from OHSU (see full list below) will take on these topics and more, including YOUR questions in a roundtable discussion.

View Melanoma in the Era of COVID-19 Virtual Roundtable recording


A group photo at the 2019 PDX Skincare Festival

The 2nd annual PDX Skincare Festival hosted on May 18, 2019 on Portland's South Waterfront was a wonderful day of melanoma advocacy, education, community and fun! 

Quick numbers:
1,500+ total attendees
~750 skincare festival attendees
206 Steps Against Melanoma 5K Walkers
248 participants screened for skin cancer
~50 participants for provider CME event
~75 participants for patient/caregiver CME (at 6 locations)
17 PCP/Nurse participants at melanoma early detection training for providers



The 2018 PDX Skincare Festival was an enormous success thanks to all of our participants and generous volunteers! It was truly a day that united health care and skincare in one place, promoting skin health and educating the community about risks of melanoma.

For a more in depth recap, please enjoy our recap video, and by the numbers slides below!

2018 PDX Skincare Festival By The Numbers


 On May 20th, 2017, we hosted our third annual War on Skin Cancer Event in Portland, OR.

It was another amazing day for the advancement of melanoma research, education, and community. We truly thank those who attended and participated. It is because of YOU that our event was successful. Your enthusiasm to learn about and participate in ongoing skin cancer research is truly inspiring, and we hope to see you all at our next event!

  • Systemic Therapy for Melanoma — Matthew Taylor, MD; Walter Urba, MD; Brendan Curti, MD
  • Keynote: Immunologic Checkpoint Blockade: The End of the Beginning of Melanoma Immunotherapy — Jedd Wolchok, MD, PhD
  • Hot Topics/Patient Panel Community Q&A Session — Expert panel
  • Prevention, Risk and Genetics — Pam Cassidy, PhD; Tracy Funk, MD; Sancy Leachman MD, PhD; Jone Sampson, MD
  • Local Therapy for Melanoma — Alison Skalet, MD; Justin Leitenberger, MD; Oliver Wisco, DO; Amanda Lund, PhD; John Vetto, MD; Kristen Massimino, MS; Jeremy Ciporen, MD
  • Full Photo Gallery
  • SCAR Project Presentation Recording
  • 2017 War on Skin Cancer Event By The Numbers


On May 21, 2016, we hosted our second annual War on Skin Cancer Event, an event to educate, detect, and advance the science of skin cancer prevention and treatment all in one place

We are overwhelmed by the amount of support we received for this event and would like to truly thank all of you who attended and participated. It is because of YOU that our event was so immensely successful. Your enthusiasm to learn about and participate in ongoing skin cancer research is truly inspiring.

Dr. Sancy Leachman: What you need to know if you haven't had skin cancer...yet
Dr. Oliver Wisco: Anthropology and tans
Dr. Amanda Lund: Persuading your immune system to stop melanoma
Dr. Anna Bar: A melanoma vaccine? An OHSU clinical trial
Dr. Pamela Cassidy: The dark side of using supplements: boundaries of our current knowledge
Dr. Tracy Petrie: Size matters, when it comes to moles

2016 War on Skin Cancer Event By The Numbers


On May 30, 2015, over 800 people attended our War on Skin Cancer event. It featured a skin cancer research expo, skin checks provided by OHSU and community dermatologists, a community walk to raise awareness and funds for research, sun safety education and even live music! Before the event even officially started, the atmosphere was abuzz with attendees eager to participate in and learn about skin cancer research.

Thanks to your combined efforts, in only five hours our researchers collected hundreds of surveys and blood samples that would normally take many months to obtain; our dermatologists provided 250 skin checks for community members that some may not have otherwise received; and over 125 new people joined the Melanoma Community Registry. Your enthusiasm to help learn about and participate in ongoing skin cancer research is truly inspiring. If you weren't able to attend the event, here's a quick recap.

There were a number of skin cancer research projects represented ranging from antibody markers, to chemo-prevention studies to new imaging modalities. Attendees could see first-hand and offer feedback on the Optical Coherence Tomography Imaging device and a Mole Mapper phone application, both still in the development stage. 

But it was not all about medicine. There were plenty of fun filled activities for the whole family. Mascots for the Cure provided a lively and fun atmosphere in the morning and by the afternoon more than 300 people registered for the 2015 Northwest Melanoma Walk raising awareness, funds, and honoring people who have faced melanoma. The National Guard enriched our effort to “wage a war” against a formidable enemy and brought their community spirit and their Humvees! Last but not least, the RedHead Event entertained us all with live music.

We were so grateful that so many of you could attend our War on Skin Cancer event. It's absolutely amazing what can be accomplished when so many passionate, hardworking, and motivated people come together to make a difference.

Thank you!