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Rare Disease Day: Ross's Story

February 26, 2018 | Categories: Causes, Events, Patient Stories, Policy, Types of Melanoma

Guest blog post from April Muhlbauer, MRF advocate and mother of a 13-year-old pediatric melanoma warrior.

“I didn’t know anything about melanoma or skin cancer before I got it. I didn’t think I would ever get cancer. I want kids and adults to be aware and know about skin cancer so they can do things to prevent it from happening to them. I want people to know about my cancer and learn from it to protect themselves.”
- Ross Muhlbauer, 13

2018 Medical Student Research Grants Announced

February 22, 2018 | Categories: News, Research

The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 Medical Student Research Awards. In furtherance of its commitment to advance melanoma science and support the most promising researchers at every stage of their career, this funding represents the largest number (11) of Medical Student research grants awarded in a single year and provides physicians in training a career path for research in melanoma.

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 13, 2018 | Categories: Causes

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and for many people it is an opportunity to cherish the friends, partners, families and loved ones who are, were and forever will be tied to our hearts. Whether you prefer Valentine’s Day to be a big production, a quiet night at home or just another Wednesday, here are some ideas to help you make the most of it:

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:

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