Mary Jo Rogers
Mary Jo Rogers is a stage 4 melanoma survivor and a supporter of skin cancer awareness and melanoma research. Initially diagnosed as stage 3, Mary Jo entered into a clinical trial only to find a year later that she had been receiving the placebo and the cancer had advanced to her lungs. Upon receiving the stage 4 diagnosis, Mary Jo was treated with the drug on trial, ipilimumab. When the results showed that the drug was not having the results they were hoping for, Mary Jo had to act decisively. She was accepted into the promising nivolumab trial at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. The drug began working almost immediately and within a year, the lung tumors had been eradicated.
Throughout her battle with melanoma Mary Jo has become a passionate advocate for melanoma especially relating to immunotherapy research. In April she was honored at the Moffit Cancer Center Magnolia Ball. In February she spoke on a panel for MRA’s Seventh Annual Scientific Retreat. Mary Jo also serves as a peer to peer counselor for patients who are currently battling melanoma.
In addition to supporting the MRA, Mary Jo sits on the board of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Baltimore, Maryland as well as a community association and smaller organizations. Mary Jo graduated from Emmanuel College in 1977 with a B.A. in Political Science and now serves on the board. She currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, Brian, and has three children, Hilary, Peter and Sydney.