19 articles Tag My Story

My Story | Rhonda & Darren

My Story | Rhonda & Darren

In our most intimate ‘My Story’ to date, UV Skinz founder, Rhonda Sparks, talks frankly about the pain and fear she experienced during her husband, Darren Lee Farwell’s nearly five year battle with melanoma, the agonizing treatments he had to endure, the unimaginable decision he made to end those treatments, and where life has taken her family now. Here is Darren Lee Farwell’s story. How did Darren discover he had Melanoma? What type or stage did he …

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My Story: Donna Piunt

My Story: Donna Piunt

Donna Piunt is a melanoma warrior, survivor, and awareness advocate. She has dedicated her life to encouraging and educating others about the importance of sun safety, and the seriousness of skin cancer and melanoma. She has participated in (and created her own!) advocacy and awareness campaigns to benefit others, and we have been blessed to support her efforts and are so honored to share her story! Here is Donna’s Story. How did you discover you had …

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My Story: Julie Frampton

My Story: Julie Frampton

It will be 3 years next month since Julie Frampton began her journey with melanoma. Since then, Julie has created a community Facebook page, collaborated with a parasol company in New York for a year long awareness campaign, distributed sunscreen samples to over 350 kids in her local school districts, and collaboratively raised $10,000 during her first event with her AIM at Melanoma team. When Julie reached out to us requesting to share her story, …

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My Story: Rachel Cruz

My Story: Rachel Cruz

Being a sun protective clothing company that is continuously looking for ways to raise skin cancer awareness, we donate often to skin cancer awareness causes and events. As many of our readers know, the desire to raise awareness and promote sun safety is rooted deep within our company’s history, as UV Skinz began after founder and CEO Rhonda Sparks lost her husband to melanoma at the age of 32. When Rachel reached out to us …

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My Story: April Salinas

My Story: April Salinas

According to the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Facts and Figures for 2015, an estimated 73,870 new cases of melanoma will be diagnosed in the US, with 9,940 men and women dying from the cancer this year. For April Salinas, her world was turned upside down after a biopsy of a spot on her scalp came back as Stage 3 Melanoma. Despite the harrowing diagnosis, April has chosen a life of health and positivity, promoting sun safety and skin …

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MY Story: Marisha Dotson

MY Story: Marisha Dotson

We often feature individuals who have been affected by melanoma in our MY Stories. This time around, we want to introduce you to an incredibly strong and inspiring individual, Marisha Dotson who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of squamous cell carcinoma. While squamous cell carcinoma is a non-melanoma skin cancer and is usually not life-threatening, aggressive forms of the cancer can grow quickly and cause disfigurement, and may spread to other parts of …

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MY Story: Charlie Guild

MY Story: Charlie Guild

You may recall a few months back, we featured an incredible “MY Story” on Jim Schlipmann as told by his wife, Jean Schlipmann. The devastating loss of Jim to melanoma inspired Jean to create the James A. Schlipmann Melanoma Cancer Foundation to keep his memory alive, and also to provide hope and assistance to individuals and their families affected by this horrible form of cancer. Similarly, Charlie Guild was an amazing individual who was loved by …

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MY Story: Melinda Mitchell

MY Story: Melinda Mitchell

“It is immensely difficult to sum up someone’s life in a few paragraphs – especially someone like my mom. Since she was born, I don’t know that she has ever let anyone down. It is simply a quality that is innate within her. She has the ability to bring out the very best in people. And for the past 56 years, she has been bringing out the best in her students, players, fellow teachers and …

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MY Story: Million 4 Melanoma

MY Story: Million 4 Melanoma

The other day while checking in with the melanoma community on our UV Skinz Facebook feed, in between uplifting quotes and links to sun safety tips and skin cancer awareness articles, I came across a share from a well known melanoma advocate. This share consisted of a Facebook Page titled “Million 4 Melanoma.” The advocate sharing the page stated the humble mission of Million 4 Melanoma, and I had to know more. Upon reading the …

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My Story: Graham

My Story: Graham

It’s not every day you hear a story that truly inspires you, but when you do, it can be beautifully eye-opening. Several weeks ago, I came across an article discussing a young boy, who makes and sells unique bracelets in order to raise money for children with cancer . Wow, so thoughtful and selfless…Upon further reading, I discovered this darling boy making these bracelets, actually has cancer himself…spitzoid melanoma: a rare version of the deadliest …

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