CURE OM, the MRF's Initiative on Ocular Melanoma
Founded in 2011, CURE OM (the Community United for Research and Education of Ocular Melanoma) is the MRF's initiative to increase awareness, education, treatment and research funding for ocular melanoma, while improving the lives of people affected by this disease. The CURE OM initiative excels because of the hard work and dedication of the CURE OM Steering Committee, the CURE OM Scientific Steering Committee and the MRF Staff.
CURE OM’s Mission
The mission of CURE OM is to support research and accelerate the development of effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for ocular melanoma through innovative strategies including international and interdisciplinary collaborations; to improve the lives of people affected by ocular melanoma by creating systems and programs to provide education and support; and to advocate for the ocular melanoma community.
CURE OM's Education Program
CURE OM Patient Support Programs
OM Support Groups
Ocular melanoma support groups are a joint effort by Thomas Jefferson University Oncology Social Workers and CURE OM to provide national virtual support groups to patients and caregivers. Click here for more information and how you can participate!
Community Action Network (CAN)
Launching Fall 2016! Stay tuned! Meet other patients, caregivers and medical practitioners in your area. A great opportunity to come together and meet others for localized support while also learning from the medical community about the latest OM news. For more information, contact Lauren Johnston, CURE OM Program Manager, at email@example.com.
CURE OM's Research Program
Learn about ocular melanoma research grants that have been awarded. The review process is currently underway for the 2016 grant cycle where two additional CURE OM research grants will be awarded. To date, $800,000 has been given out in research grants and soon that amount will jump to over $1 milion!
Patient and Caregiver Grant Review Committee
Have you ever wanted to have a voice in the OM research community? CURE OM has started a committee for patients and caregivers to give their feedback on scientific proposals that are searching for grant funding. For more information, contact Lauren Johnston, CURE OM Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to support the MRF's CURE OM initiative?
It's simple and your donation will go directly to CURE OM! Just click HERE to donate online - you can select CURE OM at the bottom of the page! You can also email email@example.com with "CURE OM Donation" in the subject line!
From June to October 2016, all CURE OM funds will be designated to the #CURE OM Unite! campaign. The 2016 campaign will support the development of a national ocular melanoma (OM) patient registry, a centralized and secure database that will store and analyze patient data. This data will be used to improve treatment pathways which can lead to improved care and life expectancy for OM patients. For more information on the campaign, click here.
About Ocular Melanoma
Ocular melanoma is a form of melanoma that develops in the eye. It is the most common eye cancer in adults and the second most common type of melanoma. Approximately 2,000 Americans are diagnosed with ocular melanoma each year, and 50 percent of these cases spread to other parts of the body. When this occurs, it is most often fatal.
There are treatments to help alleviate symptoms and extend life, but there is no known cure for ocular melanoma. Visit our ocular melanoma section to learn more about this type of melanoma, and visit our clinical trial finder to find out about new, emerging treatment options. You may also like to download the OM Fact Sheet.