News & Press


In Chrisi’s Words: Coming Together to CURE OM

October 19, 2016

When you have cancer, particularly a rare cancer like ocular melanoma, one of the most important things is to connect with others who understand what you are experiencing. Attending the Eyes on a Cure: Patient and Caregiver Symposium the last two years …



MRF’s CURE OM Initiative Welcomes Jacqueline Kraska

October 6, 2016

One of the central challenges with studying a rare disease is that there is little information available. Ocular melanoma (OM) is a rare disease, with only about 2,000 individuals diagnosed each year. To-date it has been difficult for the medical commu …



Honoring President Carter, A 2016 Courage Award Winner

October 5, 2016

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. Last year’s announcement by President Jimmy Carter that he had melanoma …



Meet Dr. David Abrutyn, Melanoma Survivor and MRF Awardee

September 27, 2016

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 …



In Kristin’s Words: A Patient Perspective on Research

September 20, 2016

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. My name is Kristin Nocco. I live in Philadelphia, was diagnosed with uveal melanom …