I am running for the Ocular Melanoma Center research fund at Mass Eye and Ear. Each year, about 150-200 patients are treated here for a very serious condition called ocular melanoma. As a very rare disease, we are lucky to have a team that specializes in this here in Boston.
In the late 1970s, Dr. Evangelos Gragoudas pioneered the use of proton therapy in eye tumors. This treatment has revolutionized how this cancer is treated, and has saved thousands of lives (and eyes!). Despite this eye-saving treatment, there is still risk of fatality due to the disease; 30% of patients ultimately develop stage IV disease, which metastasizes outside of the eye and eventually causes death. Working in the clinic with these patients, I have been touched by their stories and their perseverance in the face of such a scary diagnosis. I wanted to do more to help them. Today, Dr. Gragoudas continues his research through a long-standing repository called the Uveal Melanoma Repository. In order to support this research and help the cancer patients seen at this clinic, I hope to raise $10,000. The ultimate goal of this research is to prevent and cure this illness, and provide hope to patients with uveal melanoma.
I love running and recently finished the New York Marathon in 2018. This was an incredible journey for me, and I was inspired by the running community and the people who finished the race with me. I wanted to take this inspiration and channel it towards a higher purpose. Running the Boston Marathon for the Ocular Melanoma Center seemed like the perfect way to do this – I can raise money for people with cancer by running another marathon.
Please join me in my journey to make the world a better place, one marathon at a time! On behalf of all people suffering from uveal melanoma, thank you so much for your support.