Category: Melanoma Stories


A Mother’s Perspective: New Options for Pediatric Melanoma

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 6 September 2017 In Melanoma Stories, News, Treatment

When Cheryl Trocke’s nine-year old son Graham was diagnosed with melanoma four years ago, she quickly learned that when it comes to kids, there were no great treatment options and that care can vary greatly based on where your child is treated. After surgically removing the primary tumor, Graham’s doctors suggested a treatment plan of ‘wait and see.’

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Doubling Down: Brandon Barniea Bets Big on Combination Therapy

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 6 September 2017 In Melanoma Stories, Treatment

Brandon Barniea didn’t believe he needed to visit doctors. The athletic 35-year-old had always been healthy – even when his wife and two kids were sick at home with the flu, he would miraculously avoid falling ill. So, when he found what felt like “beads” in his neck, reality came crashing in; following a biopsy, he was diagnosed first with stage III melanoma in August 2015 and later that year it progressed to stage IV.

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Invincible, Until You’re Not

By Pamela Goldsmith, MRA Director of Communications | 6 June 2017 In Melanoma Stories, Prevention, Treatment

Self described, lifetime sun worshiper and tanning bed devotee, 24-year old native Texan Ali Young was barely daunted the first time she was diagnosed with deadly skin cancer at the age of 18. Matter of fact, she recalls heading to the tanning bed the very day after her biopsy.

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Tara's Story

By Pamela Goldsmith, MRA Director of Communications | 20 January 2017 In Melanoma Stories

Tara Miller was a strong-willed survivor, who lost her battle to melanoma in 2014, inspiring many including her family to create the Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation.

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Trena's Story: An African-American Retiree's Journey with Melanoma

8 June 2016 In Melanoma Stories

“Trena, you have melanoma and you are going to lose your toe. “ WHAT?!?! I am a Black woman in her sixties—that is crazy!!

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Patricia isn’t Afraid to Ask the Tough Questions & Her Husband May be Alive Today Because of It

By Cody Barnett, MPH, MRA Director of Communications & Patient Engagement | 1 August 2021 In Melanoma Stories

“Being a caregiver can be the hardest job,” says Patricia Janiak. “Your loved one might be the one going through this – but we’re the ones who have to put on our brave face while always being a step ahead.

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