Category Archives: Ocular Melanoma

Marla Ellis Avery 1971-2017

We are very sad to announce the passing our one of our founding Board Members, Marla Ellis Avery.  Marla was instrumental in creation of A Cure In Sight and its many programs.  Through her tireless effort to bring comfort to patients, Marla was beacon of hope in the ocular melanoma family.  Our deepest condolences to her family and all who know her.  ACIS will not be the same without her.   Details on her Celebration Of Life can be seen at  

MARLA ELLIS AVERY1971 – 2017 Obituary

Marla Ellis Avery, 46 of Denton, Texas passed away peacefully Friday, Aug 11th, 2017 in her home after a 9 year battle with Ocular Melanoma. Marla was born in Longview, Texas on Jan 29th, 1971. She grew up in Henderson, Texas and then moved to Houston and later to Dallas as a young adult. She worked in Houston & Dallas as a make-up artist. Marla lived the last 9 years in Denton where she was very involved in her church, Denton Bible. She served several years in the children’s ministry, and she was a BTCL graduate.

Marla is survived by her husband; Stephen Avery, daughter; Lucy Avery of the home. Father; Roger Ellis and wife Elia of San Antonio, Texas, her mother; Lynda Ellis of Henderson, Texas, her brother; Randy Ellis of San Antonio, Texas, her sister; Melanie Ellis Malone; of Gary, Texas, her in-laws Richard & Lisa Mercer of Denton, Texas, and father-in-law; Richard Avery of Spring, Texas. She will be missed by many brother-in-law, sister-in-laws, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins, nieces, nephews as well as many friends.

A celebration of life for Marla will be held at Denton Bible Church Chapel, 2300 E. University Drive, Denton, Texas 76209, at 11AM Saturday Aug 19th. Family visitation will be from 10am-11am the morning of. Flowers may be delivered to Denton Bible all day on Friday and up until 10:30 am on Saturday. In lieu of flowers donations may also be made at in memory of Marla.


Published in Denton Record-Chronicle on Aug. 17, 2017


Lookin’ For A Cure 5k Dallas For Ocular Melanoma

Join A Cure In Sight in Dallas TX on the morning of July 15th for a walk around Bachman Lake to raise awareness and much needed funds for ocular melanoma.  In our 3rd year we hope to bring old and new friends together to support each other in their ocular melanoma journey.  Everyone is invited to attend.  We will be spreading the word about ocular melanoma and sun safety!

Thank you to our sponsor for making our event possible.  BB&T Bank, North Texas Vision, Kleinlman Evangelista and more!

If you would like to sponsor, donate or volunteer, please contact us at or 919-885-5264.

For more information, registration, donation or sponsorship, see our registration site HERE



Tuesday November 29, 2016 is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving.  Make your year end donation count towards the #GivingTuesday movement by making a donation to A Cure In Sight.  Share that you  made a donation and use #GivingTuesday to spread the word.  Make your #GivingTuesday donation HERE.


 With every $10 or more donation, ACIS w15292636_10206620198538565_1221882075_oill send you or a loved one an Eye  to spread awareness of ocular melanoma.

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 ( 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 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 or with any questions!


Eye Patch Day with the Charlotte Independence

13178774_10205348650870668_5625823853203401544_nTHIS SATURDAY!!!!!!!
EYE PATCH DAY at the Queen City Cup Game Charlotte Independence v FC Cincinnati
•When: May 21st, 2016 @7p
•Where: Ramblewood Soccer Complex 10200 Nations Ford Rd, Charlotte, NC 28273
Use code EYEPATCH at checkout.
•Events: Everyone in attendance will receive a eye patch to wear, special guests will be in attendance, we will have information about Ocular Melanoma and ways to get checked
We will also have a Eye Patch Shootout at Half Time where 2 lucky fans will compete for a pair of ICC Tickets.
This will be a great night of fun, soccer, and all for a great cause. Come out and support our Charlotte Independence and A Cure Insight.

Tickets can be purchased here

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!


11755905_10155901818620088_7593122953804258150_nThe 2015 Eye Am Not Alone will be held at Cleveland Clinic again this year.  This is a great opportunity to hear from and speak directly to treating doctors about the advancements in ocular melanoma treatments and adjuvant treatments.  Along with meeting the doctors you will hear from other health professionals, patients and caregivers.  This is a great opportunity to meet other OM patients and caregivers.  Register Here

Maui Jim – The Official Sunglasses Of ACIS!

We have entered into an agreement with Maui Jim™ to be the official sunglasses of ACIS!!

MJ_LOGO_new-blue_lgCreated on the Hawaiian Islands to make the colors shine, Maui Jim sunglasses feature patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology for brilliant color so every detail is crisper and cleaner and without glare or harmful UV.


Watch a video on the Maui Jim™ technology below:


OptiComfort Eye Patch – NOW AVAILABLE!!


The OptiComfort Eye Patch provides secure and comfortable eye protection by accommodating standard eye shields applied after ophthalmic surgeries or procedures. No placement of surgical tape around patient’s eye area is required.

Included is a convenient, one-size-fits-all, hot/cold gel pack when thermal compress therapy is prescribed for a single eye. This patient designed eye patch is reasonably priced, safe, non toxic, washable and reusable. For Ages 2 and Up.

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INTENDED USE OF THE OPTICOMFORT EYE PATCH : To provide convenient, comfortable, hot/cold therapy to a single eye after injury or diagnosed eye condition. Doctor supplied aluminum eye shields may also be inserted into patch pocket to provide post surgical eye protection without the use of surgical tape applied to the face.

HOW TO USE THE OPTICOMFORT EYE PATCH : Insert hot/cold glycerin gel pack in eye patch pocket making sure to fold headband over pocket opening. Align small Velcro closure on pocket to secure opening. Place pocket over effected eye and secure with Velcro around head. (Excess headband length may be trimmed to fit.)

COLD THERAPY: Place glycerin gel pack in freeze for 45 minutes or until frozen. Secure in pocket of band. Use for 15 to 20 minutes or as advised by your physician. Do not exceed doctor recommended time. Refreeze gel pack as needed.

HOT THERAPY: Place glycerin pack in very warm water for 5 minutes or a maximum temperature of 120 degrees. . DO NOT MICROWAVE or PLACE IN BOILING water. Secure in pocket of band. Check temperature on wrist area prior to applying to eye area. If too warm, let cool until desired temperature is reached.

CAUTION: Do not use on children, especially under 2 years of age without consulting a pediatrician. Check with your physician before using on sensitive or broken skin. Always use under adult supervision. Prior to use inspect glycerin gel pack for leakage. If leakage occurs, discard pack.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE OPTICOMFORT EYE PATCH : Glycerin gel pack and eye patch should be hand washed in warm water with mild soap. Lay eye patch flat on clean towel to dry.

PRODUCT CONTENT: Eye Patch Cover -100% polyester medical weight materials. Glycerin Gel Pack – non toxic, food grade glycerin machine sealed in environmental 15 phthalate free PVC.

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