MRF Blog

Take Action: Stop the NIH Budget Cuts

March 21, 2017 | Categories: News, Policy, Research

The newly proposed federal budget would cut $5.8 billion from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget in fiscal year (FY) 2018, which would be a crippling blow to the scientific community.

In Melissa's Words: Why I Support the MRF

March 8, 2017 | Categories: Causes, Events, Patient Stories

There are four words that no one can prepare you for in life.

When I was 31 years old I found a small lump on the left side of my neck. Two doctors and many friends and family told me it was nothing. My body and my mind were telling me otherwise. Unfortunately, I was right.

In J.B.'s Words: A Face of Mucosal Melanoma

January 27, 2017 | Categories: Patient Stories, Types of Melanoma

J.B. Ward is one of the 1% of melanoma patients with mucosal melanoma. She and the MRF have partnered to raise money for an educational video of mucosal melanoma patients to educate others about this extremely agressive cancer. Click here to learn more about and contribute to her efforts to help stop this especially deadly melanoma.

Support CURE OM with DIFF & Joelle Fletcher

November 22, 2016 | Categories: News

The MRF’s CURE OM initiative is proud to announce a partnership with DIFF Charitable Eyewear and former star of The Bachelorette,

In Chrisi's Words: Coming Together to CURE OM

October 19, 2016 | Categories: Events, Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories

When you have cancer, particularly a rare cancer like ocular melanoma, one of the most important things is to connect with others who understand what you are experiencing.

MRF's CURE OM Initiative Welcomes Jacqueline Kraska

October 6, 2016 | Categories: News, Ocular Melanoma

One of the central challenges with studying a rare disease is that there is little information available. Ocular melanoma (OM) is a rare disease, with only about 2,000 individuals diagnosed each year. To-date it has been difficult for the medical community to have access to information that would inform better prevention, diagnostics, treatments and outcomes.

Honoring President Carter, A 2016 Courage Award Winner

October 5, 2016 | Categories: News

The MRF honors President Jimmy Carter with a Courage Award in recognition of his fight against melanoma and the awareness he raised by sharing his experience with the public.

Meet Dr. David Abrutyn, Melanoma Survivor and MRF Awardee

September 27, 2016 | Categories: Patient Stories

Twelve years ago, Dr. David Abrutyn's wife, Danielle, noticed a mole on the back of his leg. He was initially assured by a dermatologist that it was benign and could just be watched. However, ten months later, while he was doing his sports medicine fellowship in California, he went to another dermatologist who biopsied it. It was melanoma.

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