The Marit Peterson Fund for Melanoma Research supports research of the inherited genome for melanoma in the Melanoma and Skin Center at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. Unlike other charitable funds, 100% of each and every dollar raised for the Marit Peterson Fund goes directly to support melanoma research.
The Marit Peterson Fund for Melanoma Research, along with additional support from the National Cancer Institute’s SPORE Program (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence) and the National Institute of Health’s CIDR Program (Center for Inherited Disease Research) has grown into a $10 million dollar global study. It represents the single largest and highest quality melanoma study of its kind in the world! Marit's fund is a core contributor to the Melanoma Moon Shots initiative with the bold plan to quickly improve survival rates for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.
2006: Marit’s diagnosis of Stage IIIB metastatic melanoma.
2007: Marit’s fund established.
2007 - 2008: Marit’s fund enabled the collection of DNA samples from 2,000+ melanoma patients.
2008 - 2009: Genetic testing on 1 million individual genetic variations across the entire genome that causes melanoma.
2009 - Today: The huge job of analysis of these genes and their relationship to melanoma is underway! And already the Marit Peterson Fund has allowed the discovery of several unique genes to be identified. These candidate genes will be part of additional studies to identify increased risk for developing melanoma.