READY TO ROLL:  Jodie Muller, baby Ivy, Baz Brown, Kadie Scott, Vanessa Jarrett,  Natalie Quirk with kids: Ryan Quirk, Chase Jarrett, Taj Jarrett, Kade Nixon and Summah-Lee Nixon.
READY TO ROLL: Jodie Muller, baby Ivy, Baz Brown, Kadie Scott, Vanessa Jarrett, Natalie Quirk with kids: Ryan Quirk, Chase Jarrett, Taj Jarrett, Kade Nixon and Summah-Lee Nixon. Scott Powick

Locals march to help battle melanoma stats

LEARNING of her advanced melanoma diagnosis was devastating for Tweed mum Natalie Quirk.

Battling stage four melanoma, Ms Quirk will tomorrow take part in the Melanoma March in Coolangatta to raise funds and awareness of the deadly disease, which is more prevalent in south-east Queensland and Northern NSW than anywhere else in the country.

Melanoma March, now in its fifth year, is an initiative of the Melanoma Institute Australia and has raised more than $1.6 million for melanoma research and education.

Through taking part in the march, Ms Quirk hoped to help others avoid the same experience she has faced.

“It’s easy to protect yourself from the sun, but we don’t do enough.”

Ms Quirk will be the dedicated host of this year’s Coolangatta march.

The Strand Shopping Centre marketing manager Sarah Clasen was thrilled the march would return to Coolangatta this year.

“The Strand is proud to be supporting Melanoma Institute Australia... in bringing Melanoma March to Coolangatta again in 2016,” Ms Clasen said.

The march is suitable for all ages. Children under five free.

Registration is open from 6.30am (Qld) at the bottom of The Strand escalators. The march will then proceed on a 4km loop along Coolangatta Beach to Point Danger. Register at melanomamarch.org.au.



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