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New Research Grant Recipient Announced

January 11, 2018 | Categories: News, Research

In 2016, the Melanoma Research Foundation Breakthrough Consortium (MRFBC) convened a meeting of its scientific advisors to assess the greatest areas of need in the current research landscape to guide its grant funding. Following a thorough examination, the assembled researchers arrived at a consensus recommendation to encourage a critical mass of innovative young researchers to enter the promising field of melanoma immunotherapy.

The MRF Announces Kyleigh LiPira as CEO

January 9, 2018 | Categories: News

Today, the board of directors of the Melanoma Research Foundation announced Kyleigh LiPira, MBA as the MRF’s new Chief Executive Officer. LiPira was promoted from her position as Chief Development Officer.

Make a Difference with Wayne and the MRF

December 19, 2017 | Categories: Causes, Patient Stories, Treatment

Wayne ConnersGuest blog post by melanoma survivor and MRF volunteer advocate, Wayne Conners:

2017 Miles for Melanoma Top Fundraisers

December 19, 2017 | Categories: Events, News

As we cross the finish line for the 2017 season, the MRF's Miles for Melanoma team is reminded of the wonderful memories, powerful experiences and dedicated individuals and teams we met at events across the country this year. From Boston to San Diego, volunteer fundraisers came together to celebrate each other, honor loved ones and, most importantly, raise much-needed funds for life saving melanoma research. Below are the top individual and team fundraisers for each event:

Miles for Melanoma Boston

#EyeGetDilated: Alina Itkis

December 8, 2017 | Categories: Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories

#EyeGetDilated because… I want to continue exploring the world with my mom. I know this statement may not exactly make sense, so let me explain.

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

November 30, 2017 | Categories: Patient Stories, Types of Melanoma

J.B. Ward is one of the 1% of melanoma patients with mucosal melanoma. Together, J.B., the MRF and the mucosal melanoma community have launched a mucosal melanoma fundraising campaign with proceeds used to create #OutoftheShadows, an educational video highlighting mucosal melanoma patients and shining a light on this rare form of melanoma. No one should have to feel alone after receiving a melanoma diagnosis.

#EyeGetDilated: Deborah Smith

November 22, 2017 | Categories: Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories

Guest blog post by OM survivor and #EyeGetDilated advocate, Deborah Smith:

#EyeGetDilated: William Karp

November 15, 2017 | Categories: Causes, Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories

Guest blog post by OM survivor and #EyeGetDilated advocate, William Karp:

Near Life Experiences

October 25, 2017 | Categories: Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories

Ocular melanoma survivor and 2017 MRF Courage Award recipient Aaron Davis on the importance of "near life experiences."

The MRF Welcomes CEO Elly Brtva

September 29, 2017 | Categories: News

The Board of Directors of the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is excited to announce that Eleanor (Elly) Brtva will assume the role of CEO of the Melanoma Research Foundation, effective immediately. Elly brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and dedication to the MRF and we are eager to welcome her to the organization.

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