14 articles Tag MY Story

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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MY Story; Maria Childs

MY Story; Maria Childs

Maria Childs was diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Melanoma in March, 2012. Despite this devastating diagnosis and its grim outlook, Maria has chosen not to let cancer stop her from living her life and fulfilling her dreams, one of which was achieved when her children’s book “Firefighters Don’t!” was published in 2013. Maria is an inspiration to so many, and we were honored when she agreed to share her story with us. What type or stage …

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MY Story As Told By Karen

Sharing stories and our most intimate experiences has been in existence since the beginning of time. It is only through this honest exchange of information that we are able to make a difference and make a change. A fan of ours has chosen to open her story up to us and we hope that through her story someone will be saved from this preventable disease. This is Karen’s story… What type or stage of cancer …

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MY Story Stephanie

MY Story Stephanie

Today I share with you a story from a fighter and a survivor. Stephanie agreed to share her story with us so that others may know that despite a melanoma diagnosis a persons life doesn’t have to stop. Please read, share and leave a comment! “mankind is resilient: the atrocities that horrified us a week ago become acceptable tomorrow.” ― Joseph Heller Here is Stephanie’s story… What type or stage of cancer did you have? I had …

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MY Story; Jared Wilson

MY Story; Jared Wilson

I am an award winning professional wildlife and western artist and published children’s book author and illustrator. I am also a multiple cancer survivor at only 31 years old.  I have had melanoma of the eye (treated with radiation) and 3 Mohs Surgeries on my face due to extreme sun exposure.  As a wildlife and western artist I have to spend a great deal of my time traversing the outdoors as I focus on depicting …

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MY Story; Dean Hedstrom

MY Story; Dean Hedstrom

This MY Story is told by Kris Hedstrom in honor of her late husband Dean Hedstrom. We had the opportunity to donate to their annual golf tournament. Each year, Kris Hedstrom and Dean’s friends and family spread Melanoma awareness through many educational events. Dean Hedstrom is the reason why they do it. Here’s Dean’s story… My husband, Dean Hedstrom, was a PGA Golf Professional here in Florida for 30 years. In April of 2007 he …

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