Saturday, February 29th, the public is invited to participate in the inaugural Lookin’ for a Cure 1-mile walk & fundraiser to raise money for, and awareness of, Ocular Melanoma—a rare form of eye cancer that affects about 2,500 adults per year. The event will be held in MarGood Harbor Park, 321 Pear Tree Ave. in Goodland. Sign–in registration starts at 10 AM and the main event commences at 11.
When Goodland resident Loren Seamen was first diagnosed with Ocular Melanoma (OM), she learned the disease was so rare her own primary care physician had never heard of it. It was discovered during a comprehensive eye examination and the diagnosis has changed her life forever.
Now, she is on a mission to save the eyesight of others through the non-profit organization A Cure in Sight. Without a comprehensive eye exam and early treatment, roughly half of OM cases will metastasize to other body parts. Once it has spread, it is incurable and will often lead to death.
Every 2-3 weeks for the past 2 years, Loren goes to Miami to receive needles in both eyes to stop hemorrhaging, and probably will for life. That fact of life may have devastated most people, but what shocked Loren was that there are only about 15 treatment centers in the entire United States. After losing her ability to work, Loren is now a full-time volunteer and board member of A Cure in Sight.
A Cure in Sight, a 501(c)3, was founded by patients and is run strictly by volunteers. It provides financial assistance directly to qualified patients, including travel and treatment costs, and will provide patients with a care companion who has been on the OM journey. Last year they also raised $100,000 for research.
With a serious message, the event still promises to be fun–filled. Participants are encouraged to wear decorated eye-patches (so folks can experience what it’s like to SEE how those with OM function in their daily lives) and, Goodland-style, you can count on plenty of decorated golf carts. There will be prizes, raffles, live music by Billy J & the Big Easy, a photo booth, multiple games, and an Ice Cream Social by Royal Scoop, and burgers and snacks for sale.
Learn more at acureinsight.org or contact Loren directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also register at lookinforacure.org. All donations are tax-deductible. The sight you save might just be your own.