My prognosis was dim. A phone call from my primary care doctor revealed that I would die in the spring of 2000. In 1997, a small mole on my back was diagnosed as melanoma. It was removed with a wide incision and the surgeon proclaimed that the margins were clear. Just three years later, after no scans or x-rays, the melanoma spread to my lungs. That is when I found a great oncologist, Dr. Phil Leming. However, the melanoma battle wasn’t over. During a routine MRI, a new melanoma was found in my brain. Fortunately, I was directed to Dr. Ron Warnick and Dr. John Breneman at the UC Brain Tumor Center. During the past seven years, they have guided my healthcare and have kept me alive when many had given up hope. Over the past seven years, I have had four brain surgeries, three for malignant melanoma and one for a cyst. I am elated. Dr. Warnick with Dr. Breneman gave me a new life. That is why I am dedicated to making our “walk for a cure” a huge success.