BENEFITING: Skin of Steel NFP
In January 2014, I became a Stage IV melanoma patient who had miraculously survived nine years and counting. At this point in my life, I have participated in seven clinical trials, endured seven brain surgeries, and flown out of O'Hare 75+ times for treatment unavailable in Chicago. I don't want anyone else to go through what I've been through.
Back in 2005 when I was first diagnosed with melanoma, I was told I had a 15% chance of surviving five years. No one dreamed I would be here today.
My life's work now focuses on building a national melanoma tissue bank that will fast track a cure.
Breast and prostate cancer researchers already built their banks. Those researchers can access primary tumor tissue every day to make critical discoveries and treatment breakthroughs.
In 2010, we founded Skin of Steel to advocate for the melanoma patient community. Our four years of advocacy work confirms one thing. The breakthrough research we so urgently needs demands a primary tumor tissue bank. Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the world and we've got to stop it in its tracks. Awareness and sun safety just aren't enough.
How will this come together?
Four of the top melanoma researchers in the country have already committed to the Melanoma Tissue Bank Consortium and are set to open branches at:
• Northwestern University
• University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
• Oregon Health and Science University
• California Pacific Medical Center
We need to raise $3.3 million to launch and run all the branches of the bank for three years. With $1 million in the bank, we can launch the first branch; we have raised $654,000 to date.
How can people help?
A gift of any size will help. If you have the means to make a donation, thank you. And if you know someone who might be interested in supporting our cause, please forward this important message on.
Thank you for your time and interest,