Joint press release: Cagliari Calcio is supporting the Alan Ghitis Association

21st of November, Cagliari

Athletes and footballers are at a higher risk of developing melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. In an effort to fight this disease, Cagliari Calcio is supporting an online auction organised by the Alan Ghitis Association to raise funds for research against melanoma.

Although exposure to the sun or UV light may help maintain vitamin D levels,
exposure may result in a higher risk for developing skin cancers. This is especially
true of summer and winter outdoor athletes, who are exposed to higher amounts of
UV light due to training and competition schedules.

Shannon C. Harrison, FACD and Wilma F. Bergfeld, MD, extract from Ultraviolet Light and Skin Cancer in Athletes.

The Alan Ghitis Association was created in 2019 following the death of Alan Ghitis, who died of melanoma cancer. The Association is focused on advancing research against skin cancer, and in general to relieve patients who are affected. The Association has so far financed 2 care projects, and 3 research projects in world-renowned laboratories for cancer research: at UCLA (in California), and at Humanitas University (Milan). One of their projects has been taken over by Pfizer to develop a drug, and they are about to start a 4ᵉ project in the clinical trial phase.

We are very grateful for Cagliari Calcio’’s support, thanks to Tommaso Giulini who was a friend of Alan Ghitis. Their partnership means we can reach a broader audience, this is of course a priority for us.

Francesco Recrosio, founding member of the Alan Ghitis Association

Key elements:

  • The Alan Ghitis Association is organizing an online auction from the 25th of November to the 12th of December
  • Link:
  • Proceedings will be allocated to research projects against melanoma
  • Cagliari Calcio is helping the association by gifting items for the auction (10 tickets in Cagliari’s stadium for a game in 2023)
  • Other interesting items include a meet-and-greet with Camila Raznovich, art, jewelry, delicacies, one week in a luxury resort in Cape Town, t-shirts from various football players, and more.

It is important to support the work of an organisation like Alan Ghitis, which is fundamental in fighting melanoma and protecting so many people who are affected by it or at risk of encountering it. We are honoured to be able to contribute to the cause

Tommaso Giulini, Cagliari Calcio’s chairman and friend of Alan Ghitis

Or directly donate to the Alan Ghitis Association