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Share your story of how ACIS has helped you.

mgs_0This November and December, the GivingTuesday movement is running #MyGivingStory, a new storytelling contest that will highlight acts of generosity that may take place out of the public spotlight. They are asking individuals across the country to share their personal reasons for giving, and then share those stories with their communities.

As a supporter of A Cure In Sight, we’d be honored if you would take this opportunity to reflect upon your commitment to our work. The nonprofit they write about in their essay will receive $2,500-10,000 grants.

How to Enter #MyGivingStory

  • Go to the contest entry form (http://bit.ly/2fM4SJp) or visit the #MyGivingStory tab on #GivingTuesday’s Facebook page.
  • Post a short essay (150- 600 words) responding to the question, “What inspires you to give?”
  • In it, tell the story of a specific instance in which you supported a nonprofit organization in a way that was meaningful to you.  Include http://acureinsight.org in the body of your story so they can connect you to ACIS.
  • Submit your story by December 31st.
  • Share and promote your submission on social media with #MyGivingStory and #GivingTuesday.
  • Contact info@givingtuesday.org or contact@acureinsight.org with any questions!

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3rd Annual Swing For Sight

 

Swing-in-Sight-2What better way to raise awareness and funds for ocular melanoma than a day in Napa Valley CA. Swing For Sight gives you a choice of a shotgun start golf tournament or a tasting and tour of Kenwood and Mumm wineries. If wine and golf are not your thing, join us for dinner only! Silent Auction and raffle follow a buffet dinner and talks from the doctors of UCSF Eye Center.

Register here to join us!

Ultra SpeedGolf Challenge 2015

A Cure in Sight, a non-profit to raise awareness of ocular melanoma and Speedgolf International teamed up to hold the first Ultra Speed Golf Challenge in Napa, California on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Many photos are below.

Karl Melder finishes his 228th hole in 12 hours.
Karl Meltzer finishes his 228th hole in 12 hours. Photo by Cy Cyr / A Cure in Sight

The event took place at the Napa Golf Course. Eight competitors completed a minimum of 100 holes and averaged 8 rounds of golf each. The eight golfers combined for 1,156 holes of golf, an average of 144.5. The group of 8 helped raise an estimated $30,000 for the cause.

Ultra marathon competitor Karl Meltzer of Utah shattered a world record by playing 229 holes of golf in 12 hours on foot. Meltzer, sponsored by Red Bull,  ran well over 55 miles during the course of play. Meltzer said he will be calling on the golf community to hold a 24 hour speed golf challenge. Meltzer had the support of his wife Cheryl during the event and friend Eric. Upon breaking the record, he cracked open a Sierra Nevada beer. He jogged and walked the record breaking holes. “I don’t want to break the record too much, I want to be able to break it again,” said Meltzer.  Meltzer, with 5 minutes remaining on the clock, didn’t attempt the next hole, a par 5. He threw his arms in the air to celebrate. Meltzer recently ran a 50K, and mostly noticed how his hands were cramping from carrying golf clubs for 55 miles.

Gretchen Johnson, the only female in the group, finished second with 171 holes. Johnson currently lives in Amsterdam while working for Nike. She was joined by her boyfriend Matt, who cheered her on throughout the day.  Johnson carries a 2 handicap and is a 10 time marathoner.

Scott Dawley, of Texas, finished with 117.  Dawley and Johnson will be featured on Golf Channel’s upcoming Altered Course show, premiering in June. Dawley is a former college and professional golfer and owner of LInksrun.com. Dawley lives in Houston with his wife and three children.

Wally English, of Berkeley, plays speedgolf to be more creative on the golf course. He has played in the last three speedgolf championships at Bandon Dunes in Oregon. English smiled his way through 102 holes with his wife and daughter nearby.

Drew Faust, an Information Architect at Nike,  was aiming for 54 holes of golf, and nearly doubled his expectations with 100.

Larry Levinson, of Ohio, powered through 8 rounds of golf (144 holes) with his wife supporting his efforts.

Stan Dittman, a dentist in Napa, had a steady stream of supporters all day to finish with an impressive 150 holes. A former marathoner, this was Dittman’s first speedgolf event. Dittman joked that he signed up to play golf all day, but didn’t realize running was involved. He finished with the 3rd highest number of holes played.

Tim Scott, a founding partner of Speedgolf International, finished with 144 holes and was often seen with his wife Lori running alongside of him. Scott was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in April 2012. He was runner up in the 2012 World Speedgolf Championships and has won several tournaments.

Tim Scott and his wife share a kiss after an early round of golf.
Tim Scott and his wife share a kiss after an early round of golf. Photo by Cy Cyr / A Cure in Sight

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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™, 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™ 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. Our Financial Status

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.

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.

OMF’s Eye Am Not Alone (EANA) Patient Retreat 2014 now open for registration!

The 4th annual Eye Am Not Alone (EANA) Patient Retreat will be held October 24th – 26th, 2014 at the Cole Eye Institute and the Taussig Cancer Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH.

As in years past, the 2014 EANA Retreat will combine deep medical updates from the experts at the Cleveland Clinic with with an amazing opportunity to network with and learn from your fellow OM community members. Designed for all types patients (including those recently diagnosed), their families and friends, the retreat will mirror OMF’s ground-breaking 2010 conference in Boston, MA at the Dana-Farber Cancer Center and build upon the success of OMF’s most recent retreat in Philadelphia at Jefferson University Hospital, the largest OM meeting to date! 

Confirmed speakers include Arun Singh, MD; Daniel Martin, MD; Michael McNamara, MD; Meghan Marino, MS, LGC; Yogen Saunthararajah, MD; and Jennifer Brown, RN. 

Click here for more details! “see” you there!

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Eye Patch Day 2014 raises ocular melanoma awareness!

Thank you to all who donned a patch to help raise ocular melanoma awareness on Eye Patch Day 2014! Each year this annual event grows in participation and reach. We are so proud to be part and love to see those fun “patch” posts from all of you!

“See” you next year on Eye Patch Day. Details to follow as the 2015 event draws near. In the meantime, please visit us on Facebook for more about awareness!  (Pictured below l. to r. two fabulous ocular melanoma survivors: Jessica Krascuki, ACIS Volunteer and Melody Kling, ACIS President & Founder)

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Thank you to our OMF-ACIS SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tourney event sponsors!

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We extend a gigantic and grateful “thank you” to all of our May 3, 2014 Eye Believe In A Cure OMF-ACIS SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament/Winery Tour event sponsors, benefactors, and volunteers. Thanks to you we are pleased to call our first annual event a great SUCCESS!

Now we look forward to 2015 when we can build more participation and support with the goal of raising $50,000 to benefit OM patient services and research.

Stay current with our SWING FOR SIGHT 2015 event registration, sponsorship and donation info by visiting here, by visiting us on Facebook, and by checking out our dedicated event site at eyebelieveinacure.net.

Thank you all and “see” you next year!

Lescure Company and UA Local 342 to Sponsor ACIS-OMF Swing For Sight May 3 Benefit Event

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Logo-LescureIt is with gratitude that A Cure In Sight is pleased to announce that Lescure Company of Lafayette, CA and UA Local 342 of Concord, CA will join Castle Biosciences, Inc., a leader in ocular melanoma genetic research, in sponsoring the ACIS-OMF First Annual “Swing For Sight” Benefit Event in Napa, CA on May 3, 2014.

logoPLU342sm2And…don’t forget…Dr. Bertil Damato, MD, PhD, FRCOphth, Director, Ocular Oncology Service, Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology at UCSF, will be our event speaker!

Please join us, Lescure Company, UA Local 342 and Castle Biosciences, Inc., (and many others) to hear this amazing man speak while we raise funds for OM research and awareness!

CastleLogoFinalsmEvent Details

The Eye Believe In A Cure™ SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament & Winery Tour, presented by A Cure In Sight™ and Ocular Melanoma Foundationon Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa, CA.

Your participationsponsorship or donation will make it possible to fund groundbreaking ocular melanoma research and guarantee affordable treatment for those affected by OM.

Please visit our event site for details.and sponsorship/donation opportunities. (All sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated…big or small!)

Or visit Eventbrite - ACIS-OMF Eye Believe In A Cure SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament and Winery Tour for Ocular Melanoma to register or donate immediately.

“See” you there on May 3, 2014!

“Swing For Sight” on May 3 with Re/Max World Long Drivers Women’s Champion Heather LeMaster!

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HeatherLeMasterMeet 2013 Re/Max World Long Drivers Women’s Champion Heather LeMaster at the Eye Believe In A Cure™ SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament & Winery Tour, presented by A Cure In Sight™ and Ocular Melanoma Foundationon Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa, CA! 

The May 3 event is sponsored by Castle Biosciences Inc., a leader in ocular melanoma genetic research, Lescure CompanyUA Local 342, and Jimmy Vasser Dealerships Napa. Additional support includes Golfsmith, Sports Authority, Visionworks, Sift Dessert Bar, Sumbody, Eagle Vines Golf Club, Skechers Performance Division, Hampton Inn Cocoa Beach, Jack Odell Designs, Performance Mechanical, Inc., Pura Vida Bracelets, Coolibar, Raw Elements Sunscreen, Stagecoach Express, FastFrame Napa, and Keith Rosenthal Photography.

And…don’t forget…Dr. Bertil Damato, MD, PhD, FRCOphth, Director, Ocular Oncology Service, Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology at UCSF, will be our event speaker!

CastleLogoFinalPlease join us, Castle Biosciences, Inc., (and many others) to hear this amazing man speak while we raise funds for OM research and awareness!

Event Details

The Eye Believe In A Cure™ SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament & Winery Tour, presented by A Cure In Sight™ and Ocular Melanoma Foundationon Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa, CA.

Your participationsponsorship or donation will make it possible to fund groundbreaking ocular melanoma research and guarantee affordable treatment for those affected by OM.

Please visit our event site for details.and sponsorship/donation opportunities. (All sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated…big or small!)

Or visit Eventbrite - ACIS-OMF Eye Believe In A Cure SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament and Winery Tour for Ocular Melanoma to register or donate immediately.

“See” you there on May 3, 2014!

Castle Biosciences, Inc. to Sponsor ACIS/OMF Swing For Sight May 3 Benefit Event

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A Cure In Sight is pleased to announce that Castle Biosciences, Inc., a leader in ocular melanoma genetic research, is sponsoring the ACIS-OMF First Annual “Swing For Sight” Benefit Event in Napa, CA on May 3, 2014.

And…don’t forget…Dr. Bertil Damato, MD, PhD, FRCOphth, Director, Ocular Oncology Service, Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology at UCSF, will be our event speaker!

CastleLogoFinalPlease join us, Castle Biosciences, Inc., (and many others) to hear this amazing man speak while we raise funds for OM research and awareness!

Event Details

The Eye Believe In A Cure™ SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament & Winery Tour, presented by A Cure In Sight™ and Ocular Melanoma Foundationon Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa, CA.

Your participationsponsorship or donation will make it possible to fund groundbreaking ocular melanoma research and guarantee affordable treatment for those affected by OM.

Please visit our event site for details.and sponsorship/donation opportunities. (All sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated…big or small!)

Or visit Eventbrite - ACIS-OMF Eye Believe In A Cure SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament and Winery Tour for Ocular Melanoma to register or donate immediately.

“See” you there on May 3, 2014!

Dr. Damato, Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology at UCSF, to Speak at ACIS-OMF Swing For Sight Event on May 3

ACIS-OMF-Golf-Tourney-2014-REGISTER-TODAY-11-3-14 lgA Cure In Sight is pleased to announce that  Dr. Bertil Damato, MD, PhD, FRCOphth, Director, Ocular Oncology Service, Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiation Oncology at UCSF, will be our speaker for the ACIS-OMF First Annual “Swing For Sight” Benefit Event in Napa, CA on May 3, 2014.

Please join us and hear this amazing man speak while we raise money for OM research!

Event Details

The Eye Believe In A Cure™ SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament & Winery Tour, presented by A Cure In Sight™ and Ocular Melanoma Foundationon Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa, CA.

Your participationsponsorship or donation will make it possible to fund groundbreaking ocular melanoma research and guarantee affordable treatment for those affected by OM.

Please visit our event site for details.and sponsorship/donation opportunities. (All sponsorships/donations greatly appreciated…big or small!)

Or visit Eventbrite - ACIS-OMF Eye Believe In A Cure SWING FOR SIGHT Benefit Golf Tournament and Winery Tour for Ocular Melanoma to register or donate immediately.

“See” you there on May 3, 2014!

Let’s celebrate 1000+ Facebook likes for ocular melanoma awareness!

Help us celebrate!

Wow! Thank you all! We’ve officially reached 1000+ Facebook likes! Now that’s some serious ocular melanoma awareness!

To celebrate we’re having a “Thank You from A Cure In Sight™” giveaway! It ends on October 3 so hurry over to rafflecopter.com to enter!

We are giving away… an ACIS Pirate Hoodie, an ACIS Pirate T-Shirt, an ACIS Awareness Ribbon Charm,  and an ACIS Car Magnet!

Click here to enter!

Thank you for boosting OM awareness with us!

Ocular Melanoma Meet & Greet – Southern CA

Southern California Ocular melanoma Meet and Greet

This is a Social Event for people with Ocular melanoma to gather and share and touch base, coordinated by Melody Burchett Kling*

DATE: Saturday, January 19, 2013

Greater Los Angeles area (location to be determined)

Thank you to the Facebook Group Ocular melanoma Friends & Family who have allowed us to share this event on their page. Ocular melanoma Friends & Family is an example of a closed and PRIVATE Facebook community for patients battling uveal melanoma as well as their friends, family and care providers; just send an email to omffriends@groups.facebook.com if you would like to Join.

*This Event is being organized byA Cure In Sight™ founder, Melody Burchett Kling, but the event is not affiliated with nor sponsored by ACIS or any other organization or individual.