Jack’s Fund is dedicated to helping survivors cope with the loss of a loved one and is actively seeking meaningful ways to commemorate the wonderful lives cut short by melanoma.
Jack H. Marston II was and continues to be an inspiration to all who knew him. His enthusiasm for life, compassion for others, and love for family and friends served as a model during his lifetime, and reminds us of what’s important now that he is gone.
Jack’s Fund understands the necessity of remembering and celebrating those who have lost their battle with melanoma. Each fall, Jack’s Fund sponsors a 5K race to honor Jack and all those who have fought and are currently fighting this terrible disease.
In honor of Jack’s four-time completion of the Chicago Marathon, the Fund also sponsors a marathon team. Runners have proudly competed the last three years as Jack’s Team, while raising funds toward research, awareness, and hopefully one day, the cure.
July 29, 1967-September 20, 2009
Picture taken August 15, 2009
Jill was a Daughter, a Sister, a Friend.
Jill participated in 22 marathons.
Jill was diagnosed with Melanoma February, 2009.
Jill underwent surgery to remove lymph nodes, a brain tumor,
and a spinal tumor.
Jill underwent Interferon Therapy, Chemotherapy, Radiation Therapy.
Jill never stopped smiling.
Jill never stopped fighting.
Please, join us in honoring Jill Darr through support of
The Jack H Marston II Melanoma Foundation.
Together we can increase awareness.
Together we can find a cure.
~In the name of Jill Darr
As the father of Amy Caryn Kaphengst, deceased by melanoma on January 6th 2007, I'd like to thank your program and Dr. Jon Richards for his care of my daughter these past few years. I walked in the 5k in Glen Ellyn in 2005 and I hope to do so in the future. Thank you for your dedicated work to relieve patients and parents like us.
Edward S. Friedricks, MD (retired) January 24, 2007
My husband, Tim Postma, lost his courageous 2 1/2 year battle with Melanoma on Dec. 10, 2008. This disease took a 45 year young husband and father of 9 year old twin boys. He fought his hardest, and faced every treatment with a positive spirit and the utmost determination.
In our 3rd year participating in the “Run for Jack”, Tim made it the whole way that day- he walked about 1 mile of it, and his best friend Jeff pushed him in his wheelchair the rest of way. It's hard to believe that less than 2 months later he was gone.
Through Jack’s Run we found Dr. Richard's office. I believe that because of the excellent care Tim received there, from Dr. Hallmeyer and all of the staff, we were able to have more than a year longer than we originally thought with Tim. During that year, we went to Disney World and South Carolina....both extremely memorable trips for our sons.
I feel this program and run is getting the word out there, and I applaud all who help with this cause. Melanoma is frightening and aggressive, and early detection and awareness are the key. Thank you for all your efforts, and for posting this memorial for Tim.
~Debbie Postma December 27, 2008