Remembering Susan Steel, Our Founder

Susan 2It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Susan Steel on January 13, 2016. Susan’s vision, boundless energy, and extraordinary kindness have been a true inspiration, and will be remembered always.

Susan was determined to improve melanoma research and treatment for those who came after her, especially young families for whom she often became a lifeline.

Her ultimate goal was to ensure the creation of the first-ever, national, collaborative melanoma tissue bank, which will change the future of cancer research. In order to achieve that dream, her family asks that donations be made to Skin of Steel in her honor.

More information about Susan’s journey can be found here, and details about the national melanoma tissue bank are here.

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Susan Steel Ishida, turned melanoma diagnosis into driving cause, dies at 57

Susan Steel Ishida, diagnosed 11 years ago with stage 3 melanoma, pushed for restrictions on the use of tanning beds by minors and started a patient advocacy foundation called Skin of Steel that was dedicated to research and awareness of the disease.

Read more of Susan’s obituary from the Chicago Tribune

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Fastest growing cancers

Melanoma is the fastest growing cancer in the world, yet research for a cure lags significantly behind other cancers.

Most common for 25-29 year olds

Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old.

Pediatric cases have increased

Pediatric cases of melanoma increased by 30% over the last 10 years.

What if you could help change melanoma research and outcomes for the better?

Learn how a national melanoma tissue bank will change research.

In order to save lives, we have to strategically improve melanoma research. Breast cancer did it. Prostate cancer did it. Melanoma can do it now with the opening of a national primary tissue bank. It is the key to the cure. Watch our video to learn more.

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