Join Us in Our Support of Eye Cancer Research

On December 19, 2013, my husband, David, was diagnosed with ocular melanoma (OM). OM is a rare form of aggressive cancer affecting approximately 2,500 Americans annually. Current statistics show that patients diagnosed with OM have a 50% chance of metastatic disease which, to date, has no cure. This past summer, David and I received the news that his cancer had spread to his liver indicating metastatic disease.
 
Feeling powerless in the face of David’s diagnosis, I began researching the current state of OM trial and treatment options available. What I discovered is that research on OM is limited largely due to funding, the rarity of this disease, and the limited number of patients to study. Dedicated research is urgently needed to discover more effective treatment modalities. David began a course of treatment last month. We are hopeful that the treatment will extend his life until a cure can be found. In the meantime, we are making memories, enjoying life, singing and dancing.
 
I find myself being one of many people for whom the possibility of tragedy has changed the trajectory of my life. We have been fortunate in so many ways. We have traveled lots and enjoyed one another throughout many adventures in life. While we are hoping and planning on many more, we are putting our energies into raising awareness and funding for this rare cancer. Together, we hope to inspire others to help us fund research for a cure for OM.
 
Our sons, Max, Oliver, Jake, Harry and myself understand that our campaign may not save David, but we cannot ignore the hope of helping ourselves and others survive OM. Please consider donating to “Be The Light, support the fight against ocular melanoma."  Your donation will help us meet our goal of raising $25,000 for Ocular Melanoma research. The Ocular Melanoma Foundation is a 501c3 tax-exempt organization. Your donation is a tax deduction, and 100% of your donation will go towards funding a research fellow. 
 
Please donate. Your donation is your opportunity to help us participate in finding a cure. If we reach our goal by December 31, 2016, your donations will be put to use in 2017. I hope you make the choice to give. Remember each of us has the power to contribute to future generations. We will make a difference!
 
Thank you!
Maura Kammerman