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About Come Out Swinging

Our Mission

Come Out Swinging, Inc. is dedicated to being a leader in the prevention of and fight against melanoma - the deadliest form of skin cancer. Through various advocacy programs and events, we seek to educate the public about the growing importance of skin protection, while raising funds for valuable melanoma research.

Our Story

Four cousins who grew up as close as any brothers ever could never set out to be warriors against cancer. But when two of the boys' father found himself in a seemingly helpless battle against stage-four, malignant melanoma, they found their own way to fight back.

Originally conceived as a fundraising golf tournament to benefit melanoma research, Come Out Swinging quickly launched an aggressive movement to become a recognized and respected leader in the fight against the fastest growing form of all cancers in the U.S.

Growing up on a small farm in central Illinois, the boys' father spent much of his young adulthood enjoying many of Mother Nature's greatest gifts. He never imagined those countless days in the sun would eventually cast the biggest shadow of adversity he'd ever face.

In early 2005, he noticed a flat mole on his neck no larger than the "push" on a ballpoint pen, had changed from pink to black in just a few short months. It was a day that changed everything. And served as an unforgiving reminder of the consequences of prolonged sun exposure.

Not wanting to limit their efforts, Come Out Swinging evolved from a singular fundraising event to a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization in late 2007. To date, the organization has generated nearly $300,000 to aid in the fight against melanoma, while reminding countless others about the importance of skin protection from the sun.

On August 12, 2011 we said goodbye to our greatest champion and ambassador. Richard Allen Crowder was a man whose eternal legacy could never be defined by words, but by the infinite people who are better for simply having known him. He lived to love, loved to live, and never wasted a moment waiting to. He gave selflessly without cause, but out of the kindness of an open heart. His tenacity inspired. His timing evoked laughter. And his youthful spirit made dreams come true for his children, while reminding us all to never stop dreaming, or believing. His sudden loss has left a void that can never be filled, but his memory leaves joy that can never be extinguished. We love you, Dad.