"life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain."


Vivian Greene

"life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass... it's about learning to dance in the rain."


Vivian Greene

My Story

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.