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Cara Joy's Fundraiser:

Eye of the Tiger! Raising money for Ocular Melanoma one step at a time

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THE STORY:

As many of you know, Cara was diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma, a rare form of eye cancer in May of 2014. While hers was detected early, putting her in the highest survival rate group, this type of cancer is particularly lethal.
If OM spreads beyond the eye, it is metastatic and approximately 50% of OM patients go on to develop metastatic disease. 80-90% of the time, the liver is the first site of this metastatic disease given the hematologic nature of OM. In other words, OM spreads via the blood and not via the lymphatic system such as with cutaneous melanoma, and the liver is thus affected.

In general, prognosis is poor after an ocular tumor has metastasized. Without treatment, the median survival time is 2 to 8 months.

Standard chemotherapies, overall, have not proven to be effective in treatment of metastatic OM. Today, there are no approved treatments for OM once it has spread.

THIS IS WHERE YOU CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Many new and promising clinical trials are being offered and more research is being performed. Cindy, Missy, Kevin and Cara will be running the Portland Marathon to raise awareness and money for the Ocular Melanoma Foundation. This money will contribute to these trials and studies in hopes of making these statistics a thing of the past. Please help our group and those that are suffering from this rare and not fully understood cancer.

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