Guest Post: Dr. Richard Carvajal - #CUREOM Unite!

October 14, 2015 | Categories: Causes

For the last decade, Dr. Richard Carvajal has dedicated his career to the research and treatment of rare cancers like ocular melanoma (OM) and understands the need for more funding to drive research breakthroughs in the field.

Guest Post: Connie's Story

October 6, 2015 | Categories: Causes

Guest blogger Connie Popp shares her experience as an ocular melanoma caregiver, advocate and participant in Miles for Melanoma in support of the CURE OM Unite! campaign.

Guest Post: Why I #GetNaked for Melanoma Awareness

May 21, 2015 | Categories: Causes
Hi, I'm Nicole Serraiocco. I'm a wife, a mother of 3 children and an IRONMAN. Completing the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and 26.2 mile marathon was the greatest physical undertaking of my life, but it pales in comparison with the real reason why I took on this incredibly difficult challenge.

Caregiver Fatigue: How to Avoid Burning Out

January 6, 2015 | Categories: Causes

Providing care to a sick loved one is a centuries-old act of kindness and loyalty. There is comfort in knowing that your loved one is receiving the best possible care and relationships are often strengthened by this new kind of intimacy. The benefits of caregiving are clear, but what about the toll it can take? 

Guest Post: No Such Thing as "Just a Volunteer"

May 5, 2014 | Categories: Causes

Our National Director of Volunteer Services, Mary Antonucci, writes: "We really couldn’t do the work we do without our dedicated volunteers. There isn’t a single aspect of our mission that doesn’t depend upon volunteers, in some capacity. Their value to the organization is immeasurable."

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Mission vs. Business

February 26, 2014 | Categories: Causes
I had coffee recently with a woman who has a family member with pediatric melanoma. “No one is doing anything about this,” she told me. No one has built a website for this group, no Facebook page exists for exchange of ideas and support, and no single source of information on this issue is available online. She spends hours every week talking with others like her, trying to answer their questions and offer some support and guidance. Her ask was simple—have the MRF help meet this need.

Guest Post: Running Against Melanoma

January 31, 2014 | Categories: Causes

The MRF's National Director of the Miles for Melanoma Program, Carolyn Edrington, shares her thoughts on charity running and the role it plays in making a difference in the fight against melanoma.

Mom & Pop’s Selling Cancer

February 13, 2012 | Categories: Causes


The recent Congressional report on the way tanning salons market to teenagers is disturbing on a number of levels, though not particularly surprising.  This is, after all, just the latest in a long line of stories about misleading and manipulative tactics from the indoor tanning industry. 

An Epidemic?

September 2, 2011 | Categories: Causes

The American Academy of Dermatology just had their summer meeting and one of the speakers, Dr. Darrell Rigel, grabbed my attention with some alarming comments.

Shying Away From Sun Increases Melanoma Risk

April 22, 2011 | Categories: Causes, Prevention

That is the headline in an article by Dr. John Briffa, a UK physician.  Citing a 2008 article in the British Medical Journal, the author claims that melanoma incidence is less in areas where people have greater sun exposure.  From this he concludes that UV radiation offers a protective effect against melanoma.