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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.

In Kristin's Words: A Patient Perspective on Research

September 20, 2016 | Categories: News, Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories, Research

Ocular melanoma patient and advocate Kristin Nocco recently participated in a first-of-its-kind patient review process to determine the recipient of OM research funding.

Summer's Story: The Need for an OM Patient Registry

August 24, 2016 | Categories: Causes, Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories, Research

Summer shares her ocular melanoma story and why she joined the #CUREOM Unite! campaign to support the development of a national ocular melanoma patient registry.

In Christy's Words: The 2nd Annual Pediatric Melanoma Summit

August 22, 2016 | Categories: Events, Patient Stories

"Mommy, thank you so much for taking me to Great Wolf Lodge again!" Moses wrapped his arms around my neck, with great big tears streaming down his face.

In Memoriam: Randy Lomax

July 29, 2016 | Categories: News

The MRF and the melanoma community are mourning the loss of Randy Lomax, who died from melanoma on July 28, 2016.

Randy was diagnosed with Stage III melanoma in 2000, a time when no real treatment options existed. He knew that he was at a high risk of recurrence and so enrolled in clinical trials to try to lower that risk. And he became an advocate. Not just any advocate, but one who made a major contribution.

MRF & the Vice President's Cancer Moonshot Program

July 27, 2016 | Categories: Events, News
Last month I was invited to participate in a summit meeting for Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot program, the aim of which is to achieve 10 years of progress in fighting cancer in only five years. Already this initiative has resulted in significant new collaborations and synergies, and I want to share a few details with you:
 

Meet Kayla, 9, Miles for Melanoma Denver's Top Fundraiser!

July 15, 2016 | Categories: Causes, Events
Each year, Kayla Jensen, 9, looks forward to the trip she and her family make from Lewistown, Montana, to Denver, Colorado, for the annual Miles for Melanoma 5k run/walk. There Kayla meets up with her team Becky’s Buddies, of which she has been a dedicated member since she was seven years old. Along with her teammates, Kayla works hard to raise critically-needed funding to fight the cancer that took her Aunt Becky’s life three years ago when Becky was just 32 years old. 

In Linda's Words: 5th Annual CURE OM Eyes on a Cure Symposium

March 24, 2016 | Categories: Events, Ocular Melanoma, Patient Stories
Melanoma has been a part of my life since 2004. November 2004 I was diagnosed with Stage I cutaneous (skin) melanoma and in January 2008 I was diagnosed with ocular melanoma (OM). In March 2008 I had plaque brachytherapy treatment to treat the tumor in my eye.

In Amy's Words: Despicable Melanoma - My Minions at Universal Studios

March 17, 2016 | Categories: Diagnosis, Events, Patient Stories
Six years ago I noticed a dark line in my finger nail that continued to worsen over the course of the year. After my nail started lifting from the nail bed, I went to see my dermatologist where I was told I had nothing to worry about. I decided to seek out a second opinion where the reaction was, "I am sure it's fine, but we can do a biopsy if you'd like." I was diagnosed with acral melanoma two weeks later on April 18, 2011. I was only 25.

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