From Cheryl Adams:
YOUR CHILD HAS CANCER
Four words that no parent ever wants to hear. My beautiful son Graham was diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, at age nine. Back then there was so much we didn’t know: Where do we go for help? What is the best treatment? Will Graham be ok? The fear and uncertainty gathered in a pit in my stomach that I can still feel today.
While I am delighted to share that Graham is now 16 years old, his journey is still uncertain. As is the journey for all pediatric melanoma patients. So much is still unknown. There are few approved treatments for children with melanoma and little research underway to identify more. Pediatric melanoma patients rarely qualify for clinical trials designed for adults because of their age. There is no widely accepted standard of care. Pediatric melanoma patients are largely a forgotten subset of patients – the cancers that shouldn’t happen, but do. These children, and families, need our help.
The COVID-pandemic has required all of us to juggle priorities, and some things that were top of mind, now are put on hold, some moved to non-essential or secondary.
Pediatric melanoma patients know this uncertainty all too well. Even when all in the world feels a bit more normal – our kids are made secondary: Not enough of them to justify a clinical trial designed specifically to meet their needs; not a big enough pool for industry to invest in targeted research; with companies focusing on larger needs first.
The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, is tackling these questions head-on and is planning to support research in pediatric melanoma in its next call for proposals later this Fall! As part of their Young Investigator Awards program, one exceptional research proposal will be selected by a rigorous peer review process to receive a grant of $225,000, payable over three years to study pediatric melanoma. PEDIATRIC melanoma!
MRA needs our support to help make this critical research possible. 100% of donations to MRA will be applied to pediatric melanoma research, without any deductions for fundraising or administrative costs. For my child, and all the children like him that will be diagnosed with pediatric melanoma, please support MRA today.