2021 was supposed to be a celebratory year, the year we handed the Block Melanoma reins to our friends at AIM at Melanoma and enjoyed watching a new era begin. But the pandemic decided to interfere, again!

As you may be aware, the 2021 Block Melanoma 5K and 3K Walk scheduled for October 17, 2021, at the Ingleside Hotel in Pewaukee is canceled. The health and safety of the melanoma community is the first priority for all of us at Ann’s Hope and AIM at Melanoma. Especially for those fighting melanoma, gathering for this event—even outdoors—is just too risky.

Instead, the 17th Annual Block Melanoma event is rescheduled for Sunday morning, May 22, 2022, and plan to hold it in Milwaukee, location to be determined. In addition to the run and walk, there will be a kid’s fun run and a pictorial display that honors melanoma survivors and remembers those we have lost to this terrible disease. Please mark your calendars and look for registration to open in the coming months. This event will raise much-needed melanoma awareness and vital funds for melanoma research.

AIM at Melanoma will be hosting the event, but I’m pleased to let you know that Ann’s Hope Foundation will be the Presenting Sponsor for the event. What a way to go out!

As Ann’s Hope Foundation closes our doors at year’s end, we are grateful that AIM at Melanoma will lead the melanoma community here in greater Milwaukee in our stead. We hope you will remain in the fight by supporting the AIM at Melanoma Foundation and continue supporting the Block Melanoma event. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your years of dedication to Ann’s Hope Foundation. See you in May!


Ann’s Hope Foundation is passing the baton to AIM at Melanoma

After administering, organizing, and running Ann’s Hope Foundation for over 16 years, Ann Harrington and Anne Frentzel have made the difficult decision to step down from the foundation and pass the baton. We have been incredibly fortunate to have had a very loyal board of directors, many of them staying on for the entire life of the foundation. The BOD, along with our amazing volunteers have worked side-by-side with us and have allowed us to truly impact melanoma and gift ground-breaking research for 16 years!

We are excited to announce our “merger” with the AIM at Melanoma Foundation.  Ann & Anne, the founders of Ann’s Hope, had the privilege of meeting the founders of AIM in 2006 and have followed the incredible work they have accomplished. We step back knowing the Block Melanoma event is in very good hands!

Please read the message below from AIM’s President:

Hello to Ann’s Hope Foundation! We are excited to welcome all of you to the AIM at Melanoma family. 

My mother, Valerie Guild, founded AIM in 2004 after my 26 year old sister died of melanoma just nine months after being diagnosed. AIM’s goal is to end this disease in our lifetime while improving the lives of those it affects. We host walks in many cities across the country each year to raise awareness and funds. We are looking forward to trying to fill the very big shoes of Ann and Anne while supporting the Block Melanoma Event. To learn more about AIM, please read here.

Finding the cure will take all of us working together. We are humbled that Ann and Anne chose AIM to continue what they began, and we’re looking forward to meeting everyone associated with Ann’s Hope.

If you have any questions about the Block Melanoma Run and Walk, please reach out to Cindy LeBlanc, National Director of Walks & Events for AIM at Melanoma (415-521-8119, Cindy@AIMatMelanoma.org).

If you have any questions about AIM at Melanoma or our research projects, please reach out to me (sguild@AIMatMelanoma.org) or our Vice President, Alicia Rowell (alicia@AIMatMelanoma.org).

Thank you!


Samantha Guild

President, AIM at Melanoma

–Ann and Anne 


We invite you to learn more about AIM at Melanoma and the work they are doing to raise awareness of preventive measures; provide support for patients, caregivers, and survivors; and fund critical research—all to end melanoma in our lifetime. AIM is dedicated to fighting the world’s deadliest skin cancer, melanoma. Click to read more:  AIM at Melanoma

We are so honored to have been featured by UW-Health and their online newsletter. It was a humbling opportunity to recall the relationship between the foundation and UW-CCC. Read the story here. Throughout the years your donations have helped Dr. Mark Albertini at UW-CCC and at Medical College of Wisconsin advance their research to improve the outcomes of patients with melanoma.

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