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Caregiver Perspective on an Ocular Melanoma Diagnosis

July 9, 2021

Guest blog from Paul Zubeck, caregiver to his wife Lindsay who has ocular melanoma:  I became a caregiver in March of 2017 when my wife, Lindsay, was diagnosed with ocular melanoma (OM). What started out as possibly being a detached retina was actually …



How YES-CAN! Can Help Kids Learn About Sun Safety

June 22, 2021

Guest blog from Lori Crane, PhD, MPH, a 2016 MRF Donor Directed Award from the University of Colorado, Denver:  As melanoma rates have soared over the past 100 years, so has our knowledge of how to prevent it. 100 years ago, we didn’t know that wearing …



An Eye-Opening Experience Through a Metastatic Melanoma Journey

June 18, 2021

Guest blog from Kyle Lewis, a stage IV metastatic melanoma survivor:  Clank. Clank. Clank thud. Whoosh. Dang – my range is off. Clank. Whoosh. Whoosh. Ouch. I better get out of here before somebody sees me.  It was November 2019 and I was out shooting …



Carla Tressell’s Journey with Ocular Melanoma

June 11, 2021

Guest blog from Carla Tressell who started her journey with OM in 2004:  My name is Carla Tressell and I live with my husband, Jim, and our dog, Axle, in Arvada, CO. My journey with ocular melanoma (OM) began in the Summer of 2004 when my optometrist f …



Melanoma Awareness Month: In Memory of Jim Marks

May 21, 2021

Guest blog from Sibby Dawson, daughter of Jim Marks who passed away from stage IV melanoma in 2018: My father, Jim Marks, was first diagnosed with stage IV melanoma in January 2014 after discovering a lump under his armpit. They had removed a melanoma …