Melody Burchett, President
Jack Odell Vice President
Our Medical Board
Ted Bryant, OD Clarity Eye
Sauna Patel MD MD Anderson
Rajiv Anand MD Texas Retina
PO Box 58113
Raleigh, NC 27658-8113
Tel: (919) 885-5264
About Ocular Melanoma
Ocular melanoma is a rare eye cancer that develops in the melanocytes of the eye’s choroid, iris or ciliary body. While the initial tumor is nearly always treatable, about 50% of patients will develop fatal metastases.
Currently, there is no cure for metastatic ocular melanoma. However, promising evidence exists that early detection, genetic analysis, targeted treatment, and integrative therapy may guarantee better results.
A Cure In Sight™ or ACIS, a non-profit organization founded by ocular melanoma survivor and activist Melody Kling, is dedicated to raising ocular melanoma awareness and to helping those with ocular melanoma find and pay for the treatments that they need. A Cure In Sight was founded in 2012 and became an official IRS Registered 501 (C)(3) a non profit in 2014. A Cure In Sight™ generates funds through the sale of Ocular melanoma awareness products, by accepting donations of money, travel vouchers/frequent flyer miles, time share stays, hotel vouchers, gift cards, and gas cards to help patients find and pay for necessary treatments otherwise outside of their medical budget. An OM diagnosis does not have to mean financial crisis…when there is A Cure In Sight™.
Our Mission Statement
A Cure In Sight was founded to provide ocular melanoma awareness, support, education and funding for life saving treatments for those who suffer from ocular melanoma while supporting the whole family.
A Cure In Sight™ is a registered non-profit who’s mission is to provide the highest level of patient eduction in a kind and clear content while offering support for the newly diagnosed and their caregivers. Through our outreach, partnerships, website and social media, ACIS strives to reach the ocular melanoma community and help bridge the gap between patients, physicians and insurance providers. ACIS strives to create new programs that are patient centered to improve the quality of life while battling ocular melanoma.
What We Do
ACIS provides financial support to patients who are financially devastated by the diagnosis and treatment of ocular melanoma. After the initial treatment of the eye, there is often a lifetime of procedures and medications necessary to preserve the treated eye as well as surveillance for metastatic disease. To receive financial help, a patient must complete an application and provide a medical bill, rent or mortgage statement, or insurance premium bill. All funds are paid directly to the provider or company with the exception of co-pay reimbursement. Each patient is eligible to receive up to $1,500 per year towards medical expenses. The application is available under the FAQ tab.
ACIS also provides gas cards and grocery store gift cards for patients needing extra help with living expenses.
A Cure In Sight provides “Companions” to patients who need support from a seasoned veteran of ocular melanoma. This support system helps newly diagnosed patients navigate their treatments by hearing from someone who has been through it all. Buddies are matched by their geographic location, treatment facility, treatment procedure and other special requests.
OMG Ocular Melanoma Getaway
ACIS provides much needed vacations to patients with metastatic ocular melanoma so they can take a break from cancer and make lasting memories with their families. Vacation locations are donated and patients must apply to be considered. Patients must be well enough to travel and provide their own transportation. Each OMG is different depending on the donated vacation location.
How do we do it
ACIS is an organization made up of patient volunteers who dedicate much of their time to the ocular melanoma community. Our patent volunteers work to connect patients with buddies, raise funds through our in house events, and to educate the public on ocular melanoma and the importance of early detection through speaking engagements. A Cure In Sight starts by raising funds from outside the ocular melanoma community through our own events, sale of awareness products and general donations
Lookin’ For A Cure
5k fun run and walk exclusively for ocular melanoma awareness. Lookin’ For A Cure 5k’s are held in many cities across the USA by ACIS board members and other volunteers. Our goal is to raise awareness of the importance of early detection and dilated eye exams while raising funds for patient services, and in some cases, research for ocular melanoma treatments.
Swing For Sight
A yearly golf event held in Napa CA to bring patients and doctors together in a fun and relaxing environment. Swing For Sight allows patients to meet other patients and doctors out of the clinic setting while raising awareness and funding ocular melanoma. We will be announcing our Atlanta memorial Swing For Sight for 2017.
Eye Patch Day
Eye Patch day is a day set aside to raise awareness of ocular melanoma started by Ocu-Mel UK. ACIS joined in to bring the day to the United States. Now every May 20th we raise awareness for ocular melanoma by wearing eye patches and asking the public to wear one for us.
ACIS accepts general donations from the public. These donations are often in remembrance of a person who has passed from ocular melanoma.
ACIS has developed a line of awareness products for ocular melanoma available in our Store tab. Through our sale of shirts, jewelry and awareness products we fund our programs and contribute to on going research. We continually develop new products and designs. Our current product line has been designed by ocular melanoma patients or a family member.
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