Melanoma sucks. Please help me fight it.
I was diagnosed with Stage III Metastatic Melanoma in the summer of 2016 and have been in a watchful observation pattern ever since. Stage III means the cancer was detected in my lymph nodes, but to date hasn’t spread to other parts of my body. There is no “cure” for melanoma, and I see an oncologist and have thorough dermatologist exams each quarter, and so far there has been no further evidence that my melanoma has spread.
Melanoma is the deadliest, fastest growing and least understood form of skin cancer. It’s not the average ‘lop off a mole and you’re good’ visit to the dermatologist, but a fast moving and insidious cancer that spreads from your skin to your lymph nodes and beyond.
While there isn’t a cure, many new immunotherapy drugs have hit the market in recent years that have proven effective to slowing the disease, in some cases permanently. Doctors believe targeted immunotherapy will ultimately be the first line of treatment and cure for many forms of cancer.
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) has served as an invaluable resource for me and my family since my diagnosis. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma, the MRF also educates patients, caregivers and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma and advocates for the melanoma community.
On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the MRF is presenting the Denver Miles for Melanoma 5k Run/Walk at Sloan Lake. I’ve put a team together and am asking that you consider running or walking with us to get behind this cause and raise awareness for melanoma.
So, you’re in, right? Here’s how you can help:
1. Join team SPF-U Melanoma! and donate today!
Just follow this link and enter the password “cancersucks” to join my team:
2. Can’t run or walk in the event? Please consider donating anyway. This research is critical in finding treatments for this awful disease.
3. Please SHARE this email with your friends, family and coworkers and help me hit my goal of having the largest team out there.
4. If you own or know of a business who might be interested, consider becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities start at only $500 and help raise awareness not only for the event, but within your company or organization.
5. ALWAYS. WEAR. SUNSCREEN. SPF 30+ broad spectrum. Make sure your kids don’t sunburn and if you’re visiting tanning beds, STOP! Here are some tips to help you stay safe.
Please consider supporting me and thousands of others fighting this disease. Thank you in advance.
With MUCH gratitude,