I was diagnosed in June with Stage 3, had 2 surgeries in June (neck dissection, and a diagnostic/exploratory surgery in my throat/nose), then I moved to Texas for 6 weeks for radiation at MD Anderson- where I had a fabulous time partying with my cousin who lives there. About a week after I got back from Houston I needed emergency brain surgery because I had a bleeding tumor. (Stage 4). Then one month after that they had to do another craniotomy because the original scar/site was infected and the infection went through my scull. I have also had 3 gamma knife surgeries to the brain in September, December and January. I am currently on the newest treatments available (they have only been FDA approved for a matter of months). This is where my foundation comes in- I want to raise money to support the research that will cure it. I read on a national melanoma website the following quote from Sloan Kettering: “We are currently in a time of unprecedented progress in the development of effective treatments for melanoma.” Jedd Wolchok, M.D., Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. As simple as it sounds it’s so true. I was a speaker at an event at Penn in December and the widow of a man who died from melanoma a few years ago told me that her foundation had raised over $250K for research since her husbands death because there was nothing like the drugs I am on now available for him- one day I want to get to see the money I raised making someone else’s fight against this disease better. The medical and financial world are anxiously awaiting the clinic trial results and hopefully the FDA approval of a new drug that expected to be the closest they have ever seen to a “cure” for melanoma- which is why I want to raise money to support research- they are so close.