Fighting to Stop Melanoma

Five hundred runners will gather on Saturday, May 16 in Fort Worth, Texas, to help raise awareness about melanoma and to remember Tracy Harrison’s fight with this deadly disease. Blue Lizard Sunscreen® is proud to be a sponsor of the Third Annual Tracy’s Race Against Melanoma and will be distributing sunscreen to all participants. The race honors Tracy Harrison, a 40-year-old Texas woman who died from melanoma in 2008, and raises funds for the Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness.

Lance Harris, Tracy’s brother and the founder of the Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness and Tracy’s Race Against Melanoma, first heard about Blue Lizard when the company began following Tracy’s foundation on Twitter. Later, he was reminded about Blue Lizard when the sunscreen was recommended by race sponsor Southlake Dermatology. Lance tried out Blue Lizard Sunscreen on his daughter for the first time while on a family outing. She has very sensitive skin and has always had problems with all different types of sunscreen. “She had absolutely no reaction to Blue Lizard,” Lance said. “We’re sold on the sunscreen and are proud to have Blue Lizard as a sponsor for Tracy’s Race.”

Along with Blue Lizard, other businesses help make the race possible including Southlake Dermatolog, Advanced Dermasurgery Associates, JNI Developers, Kwik Industries, Century 21, Keller Eye Care, Spirit Vision Photography, Baylor Family Medicine at Roanoke, RPT, T and P Tavern and Dallas/Ft. Worth DJs. Martin House Brewing Company will also provide beverages for all participants over 21 and spectators are invited to attend the race and after-event for a small fee. All proceeds from the race go to benefit the Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness.

The Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness was born from Tracy’s request to her brother that he tell her story.  After careful consideration, Lance realized that the best way to honor her request was to work to raise awareness about melanoma, so he created the Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness.

The foundation is “dedicated to saving lives by educating our children and the community in causes, early detection and prevention of melanoma while also supporting research towards finding a cure for this cruel disease.”

Knowledge gives you power to use in fighting this deadly form of cancer. Their website, awishfromtracy.org, contains a wealth of information about melanoma  – the causes, importance of early detection, who is most at risk and more. The foundation has partnered with two other organizations to further their mission -- the Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers, a nonprofit Phase I cancer research organization and the SunWise® School Program, an environmental and health education program that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun.

Written by Jo Northup

May 15, 2015 by Blue Lizard Staff
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