Mother runs to raise $29K for melanoma research

Jayne Thorn with her husband Lachie, sons Charlie (7), Gus (3) and Archie (5) and ECU Melanoma Research Group members. Picture: Martin Kennealey d493812
Jayne Thorn with her husband Lachie, sons Charlie (7), Gus (3) and Archie (5) and ECU Melanoma Research Group members. Picture: Martin Kennealey d493812

A KOJONUP mother’s close call with cancer motivated her run to raise $29,000 for melanoma research.

Jayne Thorn noticed a lump behind her ear in 2015 and went to see two doctors who both said it was nothing to worry about.

However, after being urged to get the lump removed, the mother-of-three discovered she had stage 3 melanoma in March 2017.

“It was shocking and horrendous,” she said.

With her youngest son aged one at the time, the then 32-year-old started her fight against melanoma with surgery and targeted therapy medications.

Two years on, Mrs Thorn still has regular three-monthly scans to ensure her melanoma doesn’t grow back and is part of ECU’s clinical trial into melanoma research.

The close call prompted her to enter the HBF Run for a Reason last month to raise money for melanoma research, running 12km with her team The Invisible Mole Patrol.

“I rang my oncology nurse and she suggested supporting the ECU team working on a blood test for early detection, prevention and monitoring,” she said.

The team raised $27,500, with HBF giving it a bonus $1000 as WA’s top fundraising team for 2019 and another $1000 for Mrs Thorn’s personal best effort.

“Every cent counts in getting data and research to bring this test to clinical use,” Associate Professor Elin Gray said.

ECU awarded her a plaque on June 7 that will be displayed on a laboratory wall to remind the researchers of her efforts.

ECU’s melanoma researchers still need more funds to assist with clinical trials.

To donate, email Robyn Barblett on r.barblett@ecu.edu.au.