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BENEFITING: MELANOMA RESEARCH ALLIANCE FOUNDATION

EVENT DATE: Sep 05, 2015

Coach P

THE STORY:

Ever since I can remember, I have had many different spots in various shapes and sizes and unusual patterns all over my body. There was one spot that I was especially proud of: a larger mark on my forehead which seemed to grow with me through time. Each year it would get a little bit bigger and a little bit darker. I took it to be my own special beauty mark.

My naïveté to think of my mark as part of my natural look astounds me to this day. My mother and my sister approached me to say that they had seen on TV how a mole, like mine, looked wrong, terribly dark, and inappropriate. They asked me to get it checked out. Of course, I waited a while because I didn't see any need to be so urgent about my own special mark.

The doctor took one look at that mole and insisted that we remove it immediately. At first, I thought that was a little bit dramatic, considering I had a very busy schedule ahead. He was adamant and very serious that it would come off through surgery as soon as possible. Thank goodness for this doctor’s resolute and caring nature.

After the first surgery I got the call: yes, in fact, it was malignant. We would need to do an additional surgery and possibly begin chemo. Chemo??? I took the call as I was entering my daughter's basketball game. In one breath we were talking about basketball in high school and then suddenly the word chemo came up as I spoke with my husband.  A surreal moment.

Two surgeries later and one black eye with Frankenstein-like stitches across my forehead, I had battled on. I was most fortunate not to have to pursue chemo since the doctors were quite sure that they had gotten every bit of it and caught it early.

Mole mapping, which I do regularly now, is really quite funny. Of course, I am naked and the doctor takes all sorts of pictures of every mark on my body. As a public figure, I find this quite humorous since we are in a very competitive arena here. I would hate for those photos to get in the wrong hands!

I know of two very special mothers who have since passed of melanoma. One mother is from the McCallie family.  The other mother is the mother of one of my current student athletes. Both mothers left beautiful children behind. Their husbands and family miss them so dearly every day.  I wonder since I'm a mother too with beautiful children, and a loving family, why things turned out the way it did for me. Rather than trying to figure out life's mysteries, it seems that taking action and making people aware might be the very best thing to do in their honor.

More education, more dialogue, more stories, and of course more research money is so important. The doctors at Duke were absolutely fabulous. They were professional, smart, adamant, and extremely urgent in a situation that could've been far worse for me personally. It is my hope that others can get the same kind of treatment and awareness to this very deadly disease.

I'm extremely proud and thrilled to turn 50! I am so fortunate. This is my story and the story that I am so eternally grateful for. It is time to celebrate –to move forward and to do all that we can to better the lives of folks dealing with that melanoma. It feels great to be 50.

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$5,370

MONEY RAISED
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  • Carolyn and Brian Clement

    $200

  • Ana & Chris Quinn

    $200

  • Chuck Becker

    $50

  • The Fishman Family

    $250

  • Lori von Alten

     

  • Mike & Kristen Astilla

    $100

  • Linda McGill

    $100

  • Gib and Carrie Fitzpatrick

    $50

  • Al and Karen Brown

     

  • christina and Robert Palombo

    $150

  • Larry and Pat Hoyt

    $100

  • Susan Sabiston

    $500

  • Barry Pate

    $100

  • Bill Kalkhof & Cecily Durrett

    $100

  • Vernon Averett

    $100

  • Fred Roberson

    $200

  • John Middleton and Laura Thomas

    $100

  • Martha and Blair Sheppard

    $100

  • Alise and Don McNeill

    $100

  • Nick & Celeste Park

    $100

  • Wyatt & Joanie McCallie

    $200

  • Dick and Cindy Brodhead

    $100

  • Janet Marks Breedlove

     

  • Karen LeVert

     

  • Charles and Sharon Maxfield

     

  • Susan Antle & Vanessa Kozmon

    $100

  • Peter & Amy Chauncey

     

  • Jason Sherrill and James Williams

     

  • Bobby and Tammy Sorrell

    $50

  • Nicole Jones & David Brochu

    $20

  • Melissa Sayre

    $50

  • Donna Newell

     

  • Sally Starrfield & Amy Kise

     

  • Steve and Diane Olson

    $50

  • Kait & JJ Paden

    $50

  • Steve and Kelly Wiseman

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Laura Arnold

    $50

  • Rishal Stanciel

    $50

  • Judy B. Flaherty

    $100

  • Barb & John Schwartz

    $100

  • Clay & Faye Thomas

    $100

  • Mary Jane and Jeff Stillwagon

    $100

  • Holly & Steve Barnett

    $50

  • Chris and Eleanor hoover

    $100

  • Stephanie Duckmann

    $100

  • Bill and Barb St.Clair

    $100

  • Lawrence & Jennifer Crawford

    $200

  • Jeff & Kathy Reedy

     

  • Jacki Silar and Lisa Wells

     

  • Linda

    $100

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Donor Comments

Linda

Linda

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Jacki Silar and Lisa Wells

Jacki Silar and Lisa Wells

2 years ago

Jeff & Kathy Reedy

Jeff & Kathy Reedy

2 years ago

Lawrence & Jennifer Crawford

Lawrence & Jennifer Crawford

DONATION: $200

2 years ago

Bill and Barb St.Clair

Bill and Barb St.Clair

DONATION: $100

In memory of Marti and in honor of Joanne's fight! Happy Birthday dear friend! Here's to many more years of good health and happiness! 2 years ago

Stephanie Duckmann

Stephanie Duckmann

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Chris and Eleanor hoover

Chris and Eleanor hoover

DONATION: $100

Happy birthday, you young thing! 2 years ago

Holly & Steve Barnett

Holly & Steve Barnett

DONATION: $50

Happy Happy Birthday to one heck of a gal - love you, Joanne. 2 years ago

Mary Jane and Jeff Stillwagon

Mary Jane and Jeff Stillwagon

DONATION: $100

Honoring Joanne on her 50th birthday and wishing her years of happiness and success AND in memory of Marti who left us too soon 2 years ago

Clay & Faye Thomas

Clay & Faye Thomas

DONATION: $100

Marti Hoyt 2 years ago