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The one hundred honoree: Peter’s FUNd Racer

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The one hundred honoree: Peter’s FUNd Racer

Mass General Giving

In 1999, melanoma claimed the life of Peter M. Newton at age 46. Peter’s family and friends created a fund-raising event, Peter’s FUNd Racer, at Sugarbush Resort in Vermont, where for 12 years Peter served on the Sugarbush Ski Patrol. A ski race for all ages and abilities, Peter’s FUNd Racer raises money to support melanoma research and the care of melanoma patients and their families. The event has raised more than $400,000 for the Melanoma Research Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. These funds have supported research on the genetic causes of melanoma and the design of new treatments that use the body’s immune system to combat the disease. Peter’s FUNd Racer also raises awareness of sun safety and melanoma among people who, like Peter, are in the prime of life and share his enjoyment of an active outdoor lifestyle.