Organized by: Steven Brown
I was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic melanoma in July of 2014. I had just gotten back from celebrating my 30th birthday to learn that my melanoma has metastasized tbroughout my body and brain. This was quite a shock, as I felt completely fine and am otherwise a picture of health (for now). Melanoma survival rates are a paltry 15% to live 10 years. The average stage 4 patients with brain mets live 5-8 months.
It's difficult for my son to grasp the fact that I have a terminal disease because I don't look sick yet. I started immunotherapy this week, and so far am tolerating it well.
The medicines are very expensive; I have health insurance, but I also have a very high deductible. My goal Is to raise money to help with medical expenses, and raise awareness about melanoma which is the number one killer in young people! Meanwhile it's the most preventable form of cancer.
Educating young people about the consequences of sun damaged skin will help save lives. If I knew in my early teens and 20s the things that I want to teach others about sun exposure, I would have never gotten this disease myself.