My best friend and the love of my life lost his battle with melanoma on August 3rd. I don't know whether to say it was a 12 week battle or a 26 year battle. He was diagnosed with superficial spreading melanoma on his chest in 1984. He was treated at the Pigmented Lesion clinic at Penn. They did a WLE, no SNB was done. He continued to be followed there until 2008 when they told him he didn't need to come anymore, just see a dermatologist every year. He never had another primary lesion and we thought everything was good. Unfortunately in May he found a lump under his arm, and the CT scan showed lesions in lung, liver, brain and almost every bone in his body. He never even had the chance to fight. I am so sad and am looking for someone who can tell me how they got through this. I feel like somehow I didn't do enough to help him. I have asked my friends and family to donate in his memory to MRF in the hope that someday no one will have to face what we did. Thank you for listening.