Articles by Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications
Fighting For Her Life with a Clinical trial
Colleen Wittoesch was a regular volunteer at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She came to the hospital every week to help out and spend time with patients and families in the melanoma clinic for going on seven years. Little did she know that in 2016 she too would walk through the clinic doors as a patient.
Research is Hope: MRA Announces $8.2 Million for New Grant Awards to Advance Melanoma Research
In advance of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest non-profit funder of melanoma research, today announced funding for 33 innovative research awards totaling $8.26 million.
Double Your Impact: May Fundraisers Matched Dollar-For-Dollar!
Thanks to a generous matching gift from our co-founders, Debra and Leon Black, every donation made to MRA through an individual fundraising campaign in May, will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $65,000.*
Building Community While Raising More than $10 Million for Melanoma
Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma has become an annual event that brings over 1,000 people together from the leveraged finance and private equity community. Cofounder Brendan Dillon shares his own journey with melanoma.
This Engineer is Building a ‘Better’ Biopsy
Biopsies are an important tool to determine if a mole or other lesion is cancerous. For most patients, the occasional biopsy is no big deal. However for patients facing multiple abnormal or otherwise ‘suspicious’ spots in highly visible places the prospect can be daunting. Dr. Jesse Wilson, an MRA-funded investigator, is an engineer on a mission to build a better biopsy.
Fight Back Give Back with Clinical Trials
When patients understand all of their options, including clinical trials, they can make informed decisions about their care. For many patients, clinical trials represent the best possible way to get access to cutting-edge treatment options.
It’s Not that Simple: Young Women and Melanoma
Article after article describes the ‘skyrocketing’ increases in melanoma among young women. While most are quick to point out the clear association between intentional tanning and skin cancer, few ever hint that there may be more to the story.
UV4Me Reaches Young Adults About Sun Safety
Among young people, rates of melanoma are especially alarming. It is now the second most-common cancer among young women aged 20 – 29. While many programs focus specifically on children, studies suggest that we receive over half of our lifetime exposure to UV after the age of 20. Yet, few evidence-based programs focus specifically on the needs of young adults.
Unchartered Territory: When Should Patients Stop Immunotherapy?
For melanoma patients, deciding when to discontinue treatment is a difficult decision. should the general ‘rule of thumb’ of treating patients with advanced disease until progression still apply? In the absence of definitive data – what does indirect data tell us?
From Health Scare to Transformative Change
Debra Black founded the Melanoma Research Alliance in 2007 after her own diagnosis with Stage II disease earlier that year. Since then, MRA has become the largest, non-profit funder of melanoma research worldwide.
About the Author
Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications
Cody R. Barnett joined the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) as Director of Communications in August of 2017. He works to develop and cultivate strategies, messages, and stories that propel MRA’s mission forward. Cody is responsible for media relations, web and social marketing, publications and materials development, and organizational branding. He is committed to using the power of visual, verbal, and written communications to promote MRA as a powerful force for advancing melanoma research.
Before joining the Melanoma Research Alliance, Cody served as Director of Communications at AIDS United, where he directed all internal, public, member, and online communications for the national HIV-focused organization. Previous to this, he managed digital communications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) initiative.
Cody earned his Master of Public Health (MPH), concentrating in health policy, from The George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2013 and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from York College of Pennsylvania.