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Clara’s Story: Advocating for Your Child’s Health

September 23, 2019

Guest blog post by Andrea Smith, mother of pediatric melanoma survivor Clara and member of the MRF’s Pediatric Melanoma Parent Steering Committee: In early 2017, Clara (then 15 months old) had what looked like a small pimple form on her lower calf. The …



Pediatric Melanoma: Beyond the ABCDs

September 20, 2019

Guest blog post by Vernon K. Sondak, MD, Chair, Department of Cutaneous Oncology and Jane L. Messina, MD, Senior Member, Departments of Anatomic Pathology and Cutaneous Oncology at H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Sondak and Dr. Messina serve on the M …



MRF Welcomes Katie Couric to the New York Gala

September 19, 2019

In an unforgettable evening to honor the patients, survivors and caregivers in the melanoma community, Katie will share her personal experiences with cancer and join New York’s most generous business and community leaders in support of the one million …



Rep. Kelly Cassidy: We Are Far From Done

September 17, 2019

Guest blog post by Illinois State Representative Kelly Cassidy, a melanoma caregiver, survivor and will be honored with a Courage Award at the 5th Annual Chicago Gala. Representative Cassidy recently sponsored HB 3113, which requires health insurers to …



Ruby’s Story: Fighting Melanoma as a Family

September 16, 2019

Guest blog post by Ali Thackeray, mother to six-year-old pediatric melanoma fighter, Ruby, and member of the Pediatric Melanoma Parent Steering Committee: Ruby was born in March 2013 with a large vascular mass on her neck, diagnosed as an atypical nodu …