March for Melanoma

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  Mar 14 2020 . Louisville, KY, USA

In the past two years I’ve had the unfortunate privilege to learn a lot about melanoma. Two people I’ve known my entire life were diagnosed with melanoma in different forms. These are young adults, 27 and 22 at diagnosis. As I kept digging I found out that melanoma is the second most common cancer for men and women aged 15 to 29. Although that statistic may surprise you, it has personally become very real.

I kept thinking how could this happen and why must it drastically uproot the lives of young adults who are just starting their careers and forming important relationships. The first thing most people think when they hear melanoma is the connection to UV ray exposure either by tanning beds or the sun. However, there are many factors that promote the growth of melanoma. My friends were simply dealt the hand of genetic predisposition.

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) works to accelerate treatment options and find a cure for melanoma. Those I know have been blessed to receive treatments that are constantly evolving and becoming available due to the fundraising and research benefitting from the MRA’s support. I know that my friends have had their lives forever changed by melanoma, but with each donation the MRA receives their lives are prolonged and they remain hopeful for a final cure.


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