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It's Melanoma Month - So Let's Find a Cure

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BENEFITING: Skin of Steel NFP

Susan Steel

THE STORY:

 

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. 


Why now?
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,

Susan Steel

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To This Fundraiser

$7,290

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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Terry Little

    $25

  • The Jim & Monica Garvey Family

    $100

  • Kathy Kessenich

    $50

  • Mary Lawlor

    $100

  • Barb and Giles Novak

    $50

  • Karen Hirsch

    $100

  • Masuo, Sachi & Chris Ishida

    $100

  • The Moncivaiz Family

    $100

  • Tim and nancy Brown

    $1,000

  • Andrea Pauls Backman and Mick Siegel

    $100

  • Rosane & David Gertner

    $50

  • Kristine

    $4,000

  • Winchester Family

    $50

  • Jennifer

    $40

  • Sharon Mann

    $100

  • Jennifer Nickels

    $25

  • Kathy Robers-Bowen

    $100

  • Debbie & George

    $50

  • The Gilbert Family

    $50

  • The Topping Family

    $50

  • Make It Better

    $1,000

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73% Raised of $10,000 Goal

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The Team: $7,290 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Donor Comments

Make It Better

Make It Better

DONATION: $1,000

3 years ago

The Topping Family

The Topping Family

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

The Gilbert Family

The Gilbert Family

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Debbie & George

Debbie & George

DONATION: $50

In honor of this super hero - Susan! 3 years ago

Kathy Robers-Bowen

Kathy Robers-Bowen

DONATION: $100

In memory of Eleanor Robers 3 years ago

Jennifer Nickels

Jennifer Nickels

DONATION: $25

3 years ago

Sharon Mann

Sharon Mann

DONATION: $100

3 years ago

Jennifer

Jennifer

DONATION: $40

3 years ago

Winchester Family

Winchester Family

DONATION: $50

3 years ago

Kristine

Kristine

DONATION: $4,000

In Memory of My Loving Husband David. 3 years ago