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Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers in the U.S.

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

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

What can we do about it?

The Problem

Melanoma researchers don’t have the fresh-frozen, primary tissue they need to make the type of progress we’ve seen in breast and prostate cancer research.

The Solution

Fact: We need your help to build a National Melanoma Tissue Bank that will further melanoma research and help develop new treatments.

The Bank

A national Melanoma Tissue Bank of annotated fresh-frozen primary melanoma tissue is the fundamental tool that does not exist yet for public or private research.

Find out how you can help.

Our Founder’s Story

On January 8, 2012, I became a Stage IV melanoma patient who had miraculously survived seven years and counting, after seven clinical trials and seven brain surgeries. Few, if any of us, thought back in 2005 when I was first diagnosed and told I had a 15% chance of surviving five years that I would be here more than seven years later.

My hope is that melanoma research can be fast-tracked through a national bank of melanoma tissue from primary tumors. Such a bank will lead to collaborative work on new or competing lines of research that defy prior obstacles, which often must favor securing research budgets over advancing science.
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