BENEFITING: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
ORGANIZER: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
EVENT: 2016 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 18, 2016
We are running the 2016 Boston Marathon to raise money and awareness for Dr. Oon Tan and her team at the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Dermatology Center on the 9th floor at Mass Eye and Ear. Kerry has been an employee at Mass Eye and Ear for the past three years, where she has gotten the chance to know Dr. Tan and see all of the wonderful things she does for patients at her center. When Molly was looking for a dermatologist to see for her regular skin examinations, Kerry recommended Dr. Tan, and Molly scheduled an appointment. At this initial visit, Dr. Tan noticed a suspicious mole, which was quickly biopsied, revealing a malignant melanoma. Melanoma is the rarest, but most deadly type of skin cancer. Left untreated, melanoma can spread rapidly to the surrounding tissue and organs. Because of this, melanoma causes most skin cancer deaths, accounting for nearly 10,000 of the more than 13,000 skin cancer deaths each year.
Luckily, Mass Eye and Ear has a skilled team in place to address skin cancer malignancies. Dr. Tan’s colleague, Dr. Molly Yancovitz, who also practices in the Dermatology Center at Mass Eye and Ear, saw Molly two weeks later for a more extensive surgical excision of the cancerous lesion, to remove all of the cancer and obtain clear margins. Since then, Molly has been cancer-free, and returns to Mass Eye and Ear to see Dr. Tan every three months for thorough full-body skin checks and surveillance.
Thanks to Dr. Tan and the amazing team at Mass Eye and Ear, Molly will be running with her sister Kerry in April, to raise awareness and money for melanoma and skin cancer research.
Kerry: As an employee of Mass Eye and Ear, and also the sister of a patient, I am just in awe of all of the amazing things this hospital does. I cannot overstate my gratitude to Dr. Tan and Dr. Yancovitz for their expertise not only in diagnosing Molly, but also expertly treating her melanoma, so that Molly can move forward and live a long and happy life. Mass Eye and Ear as an organization, and Dr. Tan in particular, gave me my sister back, and for that, I am overwhelming grateful. We are so excited to run 26.2 miles strong for Mass Eye and Ear this year, and hope by doing so, we can help raise awareness for skin cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Molly: I am so glad to be able to give back to Mass Eye and Ear, but I also hope our fundraising efforts encourage people to see a dermatologist. I had never considered going to see one until Kerry went ahead and just made me an appointment. I didn't think a 24 year old could have a malignant melanoma - especially a 24 year old who has always been somewhat sunscreen obsessed. If our story can encourage just a few people to get checked who otherwise wouldn't have thought to, we will have met our goal.