Meeting the Faces of Melanoma
Last night we attended “Champions for a Cure” – a charity melanoma event in San Francisco benefiting the Melanoma Research Foundation. The best part was meeting others with melanoma. We didn’t know what to expect. So we were stuck by how young (and great looking) everyone was! It was nice to meet Erin, who helped organize the event – so funny to compare scars! We laughed that the people with melanoma should wear some kind of badge so we could find each other. I wanted to go around the room and ask – do you have melanoma? You would never have known by looking. Everyone looked so great.
It was a bittersweet evening. Watching a 26-year-old with Stage 3 melanoma cry during most of her speech was heartbreaking. And another young lady (stage 4) also in her 20s – found out she has a new tumor 2 days ago after being on an experimental gene inhibitor trial that seemed to be working for her. It is so frustrating and sad.
They spoke of the new drugs that are just on the horizon for melanoma and everyone agreed that we are finally at a turning point. There have been no new drugs for melanoma approved for over a decade. We will soon hear about some new drugs with the ASCO June conference approaching.
The evening raised a ton of money with a great live and silent auction. They auctioned off a lunch date with Lisa and Brittny Gastineau – from the reality TV show about the New York socialites. Lisa is a recent melanoma survivor.
It is a very exciting time for melanoma research. So I encourage all of you to donate to the Melanoma Research Foundation. Not only do they help support the patients mentally with online forums, they fund the research to battle melanoma.
We like the black wristbands that we got. They say ‘fight the beast’…so fitting for melanoma.