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To support medical RESEARCH for finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma. To EDUCATE patients and physicians about the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of melanoma. To act as an ADVOCATE for the melanoma community to raise the awareness of this disease and the need for a cure. Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is the largest independent, national organization devoted to melanoma in the United States. Committed to the support of medical research in finding effective treatments and eventually a cure for melanoma.

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Maxine's Story

About 8 years ago on a pretty regular basis, I slithered into my leotard and tights and headed to an exercise class 3 mornings a week.  Somewhere between the beat of the pounding music and the racing of my heart I was tapped on the shoulder by a young woman who rather shyly said, "I hope you don't mind, but are you aware that you have a dark spot on your back?" I responded by thanking her and telling her that though I was not aware of it, I did freckle and perhaps that's what it was. She suggested I check it out.  I did.  I made an appointment with my dermatologist that week.  She biopsied the spot and told me to come back in 10 days.  I really didn't give it another thought.  Ten days later I returned to her office and when she entered the examination room, the first thing she said to me was, "Well, you're one lucky lady".  "Why, I asked".....It was a melonoma, first stage, was her response.   She then proceeded to show me a chart following the path of a melonoma from stage one to stage four as it goes deeper and deeper into the bloodstream.  I was so fortunate. I need not tell you how thankful I am to a stranger who saved my life.  I immediately went out and bought her a gift, but clearly nothing I could give her would ever express the gratitude I feel.  I've lost track of her as I no longer go to that class,  I'm really sorry about that as I want to do more to say thank you.


I only hope my story can be of help to someone else.