How We Help

Your Share Could Save a Life!
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Our Team

Melody Burchett, President

Jack Odell  Vice President

Suzanne Lescure

Marla Avery

Marlene Day

Our Medical Board

Ted Bryant, OD    Clarity Eye

Andrew Evans

Sauna Patel MD   MD Anderson

Rajiv Anand MD   Texas Retina

Location:

PO Box 58113

Raleigh, NC 27658-8113

Tel: (919) 885-5264

Email: contact@acureinsight.org

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.

About Us

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

Financial Assistance

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.

Cure Companions

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.

General Donations

ACIS accepts general donations from the public. These donations are often in remembrance of a person who has passed from ocular melanoma.

Awareness products

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.

Our Disclaimer

The organization known as “A Cure In Sight™” is completely independent of any other organization, and not affiliated with any other websites, businesses, doctors or hospitals. Web links, web pages and website posts are for informational purposes only and do not represent a recommendation and/or endorsement byA Cure In Sight™ or their Board of Directors, Staff or Volunteers.

A Cure In Sight™ does not guarantee and/or warrant the care that may be performed by any of the providers that may referred to, linked to, or written about. You should satisfy yourself in advance that his/her/their qualifications and experience are acceptable for your needs should you choose to seek treatment or affiliate with them. This site is not designed to and does not provide medical advice and is not liable or responsible for any advice, course of treatment, diagnosis or any other information, services or product you obtain through this site.

5 thoughts on “How We Help

  1. What a wonderful resource for us. My situation is getting kind of worrisome, and not sure where to turn, and it’s nice to know that there is somewhere to get some advise or help finding resources. I lose my insurance on Jan 31st. I have applied for social security disability, because several people on the ocumel email list advised me to since this is considered a ‘head and neck cancer’. It appears several people have been approved and I am still waiting. I currently work 20 hours a week, which does not qualify me for insurance. Even if I worked 40 hours a week, the insurance that was offered to me was a ‘limited benefit’ plan, which offered me $1500 max per calendar year. With having quarterly MRI’s that really doesn’t cover much. I am on a waiting list for the Oregon Health Plan. I am currently NED. Right now, I just want to say thanks for giving us a place to have a voice and taking the time to create a site that others can share. I truly appreciate your work and dedication to all of us. Thank You Again!

  2. Hi, this is much needed. I am still making payments on my PDT laser treatment that was $5500 in Sept 2009. I cannot always pay what they ask. I just now got it down to $4900. Wills is being nice about it. They did tell me that if I do not continue to pay them, they will take me to collections and not allow me to see their doctors. My insurance denied the payment and I appealed their denials as well as took them to the state board of insurance and lost. It is not fair but it is my reality.

    1. Thank you for your comments Linda and Theresa! We hope that we can help with the financial burden that OM can create for you and so many others. I know this reality all to well myself. Please keep us posted on how you are doing and if you there is anything that we can do to help you.

  3. Pittsburgh,PA

    Hmmm. . . no posts here since Dec 2013???

    Dx: Ocular Melanoma at eye dr – Routine Checkup Dec. 5, 2014
    hadn’t had Ophthalmologist check up in 17 years !!!

    am being pressured to do ‘Plaque Radiation’ – but so NOT want
    to risk blindness IF I can Avoid it !!

    Been told Wills NOT doing Proton Tx – not sure what PDT even is . . .

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