Kamloops, British Columbia (PRWEB) September 17, 2011
Robert Lee's fight with ocular melanoma began in March 2003. After many different procedures the cancer could not be stopped when a second tumor was found in his eye in April 2011.
The decision was made to have the eye removed (enucleation) on July 4th, 2011, and the operation was scheduled for August 10, 2011, which was getting this done quickly.
Not one to make a negative a life-changing event, Mr. Lee decided that auctioning off advertising on his eye would be a unique way to raise money to not only cover expenses but also to begin a campaign to raise awareness of a very rare form of cancer: ocular melanoma.
Of all the cancer cases reported in the United States in 2010, ocular melanoma ranked the rarest. in 2010 there were more than 1,500,000 reported cases of cancer and only 2,400 of these cancer cases was ocular melanoma (source: http://www.cancer.org/acs/groups/content/@epidemiologysurveilance/documents/document/acspc-026238.pdf )
Ocular melanoma is a secret killer, often not found unless the cancer has metastasized to other parts of the body, often the liver or lungs.
Mr. Lee, now 47, has been fighting this cancer since March 2003 when he first noticed a sudden blurring of his left eye.
Today he wants to help to begin a wide awareness campaign of ocular melanoma and the importance of having your eyes checked at least every two years by an optometrist. You never know what is in your eye unless a professional takes a look.