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Martinis for Melanoma on tap at Basketball Hall of Fame Feb. 22

Date: 2/15/2010

GREATER SPRINGFIELD The incidence of melanoma, the second most common cancer among teens and young adults aged 15 to 29, is rising faster than any other cancer. It is also one of the most preventable.

Melanoma survivor Meghan Rothschild's response is to take a stand by organizing Martinis for Melanoma, a fundraiser to create awareness about the disease. Slated for 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Pazzo's Ristorante at the Basketball Hall of Fame, Martinis for Melanoma is a celebration to benefit the work of the Melanoma Foundation of New England. Admission is $35 in advance, $40 at the door and includes two signature martinis from V1 Vodka, appetizers provided by Pazzo and live music performed by the Brian Jarvis band.

One hundred percent of the proceeds go to the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

Rothschild, of Northampton, has been speaking publically for the past six years about her battle with melanoma. As a national spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, she has been featured on "ABC World News with Charles Gibson" and "The Mike and Juliet Show." Rothschild also shares her inspiring melanoma story with teens and young adults as part of her work with the Melanoma Foundation of New England where she serves on the board of directors.

Rothschild is the advertising and promotions manager at Six Flags New England. She was diagnosed with melanoma at age 20.

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The Melanoma Foundation of New England is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the importance of early detection and prevention, helping patients and their caregivers cope with melanoma and advocating for tanning bed restrictions. The Foundation of New England was founded in 1999 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more about the foundation at