Danny's inspiring survival story
30 May 2020
Danny Strosberg started to feel something was wrong when he noticed constant dizziness, daily headaches, and started to lose his vocabulary.
That’s when a CT scan revealed an egg-sized melanoma in his brain.
Danny underwent surgery to remove the tumour followed by six months of treatment. After a number of other tumours appeared throughout his body, he was placed on an immunotherapy clinical trial. It proved to be life saving.
Thanks to generous supporters, melanoma research has come so far. But we still have a long way to go. Our focus remains on achieving zero deaths from melanoma - a goal we believe we can reach in our lifetime.
“I had a complete response within about six months. All of my tumours disappeared.” Danny
Danny proudly calls himself a melanoma survivor. More than ever, he appreciates life, his friends and loved ones. He loves surfing and spending precious time with his wife Lisa and teenage daughter Gabby.
For patients like Danny, whose melanoma has spread to organs like their brain or lungs, clinical trials of new treatments are giving them a second chance at life.
Any life lost to melanoma is one too many. With your support, we will continue our research effort until we achieve our mission of zero deaths from melanoma.
Danny appreciates how immunotherapy treatment saved his life. Now he wants to give other patients the hope to watch their families grow up.
“The advances in melanoma research are being translated to other cancers, and the potential benefits are limitless. I literally owe my life to the work that is being done at MIA.” Danny
We hope Danny’s story inspires you to consider sending a donation.
Your gift could help fund a game-changing new treatment so that – one day very soon – no-one will die from melanoma.
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It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!
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Professor Georgina Long has today opened the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MIA’s Co-Medical Directors, Professor Georgina Long and Professor Richard Scolyer, have both been named Highly Cited Researchers, according to the Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers 2019 list.
Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) and Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) have announced a new multi-year agreement to provide enhanced support services for melanoma patients nationally.
It is time again to say thank you to our incredible community fundraisers who are helping us get closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
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Comments in favour of giving patients with BRAF-positive melanoma access to first-line immunotherapy need to be submitted online prior to October 9, 2019.
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It’s been a month since we highlighted some of our incredibly generous community fundraisers. We thought we’d have a look back at August and put the spotlight on more of the wonderful people who give up their time to fundraise for MIA, so we can continue to edge closer to our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.
They are a formidable team - in work and in play
This week, Melanoma Institute Australia hosted the first of six