OM Eye Patch Day - Friday, May 20th, 2016

Heighten OM Awareness on May 20th!

As part of Melanoma Awareness Month and in collaboration with A Cure In Sight, OMF is proud to lead Eye Patch Day for OM awareness! On Friday, May 20th, 2016, OM Warriors around the globe will wear eye patches to raise awareness for ocular melanoma. So please join us and help raise the roof on OM awareness!

Play Pirate... Or America's Next Top Model

Uveal melanoma is anything but a laughing matter, but we encourage you to bring some levity to this day of global community advocacy. ​So while any eye patch will do, you are encouraged to make your own or decorate a store bought patch.

Where do I get a patch to wear?

You can buy your own pirate eye patches for less than a buck each (WholeHalloweenCostumes has some good ones here) or OMF can give you some to pass out along with free brochures.

Just drop us an email and tell us how many you need!  We'll ship some out to you for FREE!
This is NOT just for monocular patients or even just for patients. Feel free to buy a box of pirate costume eyepatches (these are available cheaply online) and distribute them to your friends and co-workers. It's about starting a conversation and even having some fun while doing so.

Social Media Marketing

The goal here is to get the word out and stimulate conversations about what OM is and how people can better manage their own eye health. It will be uncomfortable - literally and figuratively - for many people to wear an eye patch, even for a day, especially those who have lost someone to OM. But, that's the point. Ideally, people will ask questions and it will give you the chance to discuss the disease. Odds are the person you're talking to has not heard of OM. Again, if you'd like to have OMF pamphlets to distribute as well, we can include those with the eye patches we send you.

We encourage you to use social media to widen broadcast of the message. Check out OMF's Facebook page and Twitter page and use the hash tags:

#eyepatchday
#ocularmelanoma


You can also Instagram pictures of you wearing your patch and perhaps even getting others in your office to wear one too!

If you'd really like to get involved, you can distribute flyers and post them around your workplace.  Download the flyer here for email and for print.

Fundraising

While there are no fundraising requirements for this event, we recognize that some participants wish to raise funds for OM in conjunction with spreading awareness. To make this easier for you, we have created a fundraising sheet for those who choose to fundraise. Participants are urged to sign up family and coworkers in advance of May 20th. We are happy to give you extra OMF pamphlets and other collateral to hand out if you would like. You can donate here.

Please note that OMF will collect all funds and distribute them to A Cure In Sight.
Note: Eye Patch Day USA is a separate event from the Eye Patch Day being organized by OcuMel UK. OMF is not affiliated with OcuMel UK but does seek to broaden the shared message of the two organizations.

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Please email info@ocularmelanoma.org if you have any questions.