Day:  April 11, 2020
Time:  8:00 am
Place:  Winthrop University Coliseum  1162 Eden Terrace, Rock Hill, SC 29730

Online Registration ends April 7, 2020
T-Shirts are NOT guaranteed after March 30th
Late Registration Event Morning:  6:45 – 7:30 (T-Shirts are NOT guaranteed
Pick up Packets:  6:45 – 7:30 (Event Morning Only)
Weather Policy:  Event goes on RAIN or SHINE, there will be no refunds
Description:  Beautiful scenic walk around the lake and coliseum.  5K (3.1 miles)
Ample Parking:  at the Winthrop University Coliseum Area

Awards:  Medal for all participants crossing the finish line,
                    Trophy for top ten donations collected by participants (see printable form)
                    Thank you Medal for all donations collected by participants

 

 

Bunny Hop 5K Walk History:

Bunny Hop Co-Director (Carol Bagwell) is herself an Ocular Melanoma (OM) cancer patient.  During 2019 Carol had received financial aid from the Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) in the form of travel assistance and accommodations for herself and a care giver to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA.  Carol decided to hold a fundraiser to benefit OMF in the form of a 5K Walk to help provide financial aid to other OM patients across the USA.  Carol’s battle with OM started in year 2011 with the removal of her left eye .  In year 2016 the OM had spread beyond her eye and metastasis in her liver resulting in surgery to remove the OM tumor from her liver.  In February 2018 the OM had returned to her liver and Immunotherapy (drugs to stimulate the body’s own immune system) was administrated via IV directly into the blood stream.  Through the year 2018 all treatments and surgery had been performed in Charlotte, NC which is close to her home in Rock Hill, SC.  The Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) came to her aid in July – October 2019 when additional treatment was required at Sidney Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA (one of the few cancer centers offering the Immunoembolization treatment which involves drug injection directly into OM tumors within the liver). Within a few months, OMF came to Carol’s aid again, as additional trips to PA were required (during November & December 2019) due to scan results showing tumor growth had continued within the liver.   Radioembolization treatment was performed with a radioactive isotope being placed inside each tumor within liver.  Carol is now waiting for FDA approval of another OM treatment which when approved can be administered at Duke University, NC.  Carol is available to discuss her treatments with other OM patients via email:  carolbagwell6@gmail.com

 

Bunny Hop 5K Walk – Fund Raising Event  

Event Date:  April 11, 2020

Event:  Bunny Hop 5K Walk for Ocular Melanoma Foundation, Washington DC, – Providing financial assistance and education support to cancer patients and their families. www.ocularmelanoma.org

Event Goal:  Fund Raising Event to help Ocular Melanoma patients with travel assistance at non local cancer treatment centers offering approved treatments/clinical trials, even a Prosthetic if needed and HOPE.

Location:   Winthrop University Coliseum/Athletic walking areas. 

Description: Ocular melanoma is a lethal disease but many patients go on post-diagnosis to live long and healthy lives. Two commonalities among all of these patients who “buck the trend” of the often discouraging statistics are (i) being a proactive self-advocate and (2) living a healthy lifestyle which can involve a combination of de-stressing, excercise and diet changes.

Metastatic melanoma (also known as stage IV) is a general term for the spreading of cancer beyond its original site. The liver is the most common site of metastasis in ocular melanoma. Among those who develop metastatic disease, 90% of patients develop liver disease. However, ocular melanoma can spread to any organ in the body. After the liver, common sites include the lung, bones and brain. Even though the cancer cells have spread to other parts of the body, since the cells remain melanoma cells, this cancer is called metastatic melanoma.

OM is an aggressive form of cancer that can involve any of three areas of the eye: the iris (the pigmented area surrounding your pupil), the ciliary body (a thin tissue layer in your eye responsible for aqueous humor production), and/or the choroid or posterior uvea (the vascular layer of the eye between the retina and the white outer layer known as the sclera; this pigmented tissue full of blood vessels nourishes the retina). These three areas are collectively known as the uvea or uveal tract, and OM can occur in any combination of the three. Iris melanomas have the best prognosis, whereas melanomas of the ciliary body have the worst. Most uveal tract melanomas originate in the choroid; the ciliary body is less commonly a site of origin, and the iris is the least common. Melanoma can also occur in the thin lining over the white part of the eye (the conjunctiva) or on the eyelid, but this is very rare.

Approximately 50% of ocular melanoma patients will develop metastatic disease within 15 years of the original diagnosis, and currently there is no cure for metastatic OM.

History Local Area:  Ocular Melanoma is diagnosed in approximately 2,500 individuals across the US annually, however the number of new cases are trending upwards.  Currently there is no cure.   Approximately half of these cases end up with the malignant tumor growing and spreading to other parts of the body, a process known as metastasis, making the chance of survival low (approximately 50%).  Locally, in Huntersville, NC (20 miles north of Charlotte) there has been an outbreak of the disease since year 2000.  To date 22 individuals have been identified with the disease (some in teenage years of age attending the same High School), several have not survived.  There is also a similar outbreak at Auburn University, Alabama, and surrounding areas (approx 36 individuals).  There are also other cases identified within the Carolinas.  Rock Hill, SC currently has at least two OM patients.  Historically OM has struck middle age men, however recent diagnosis indicate a growing population of young women and men.

Problem:   There is no known cure for OM.  Ongoing research has produced treatments which may extend the life of patients with OM, however hospitals and research centers offering clinical trials and/or approved treatments are very few in number (at this writing Charlotte, NC is limited to few treatment options).  Patients having OM are faced with the extreme financial burden of travel and living accommodation expenses when travel is required.  Treatments may require patients to travel weekly, bi-weekly or monthly (many of whom need a care giver to accompany them).   Many of these special treatments and/or clinical trials require 3 – 7 day stays at the facility, including extended overnight stays at the treatment center. 

 

 The “Ocular Melanoma Foundation” located in Washington, DC stands ready to assist those in need.

Example: monthly 3 day visit from Rock Hill, SC or Huntersville, NC to Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA (a center of research and treatment for Ocular Melanoma).

  • Air Line tickets (patient and care giver)
  • 2 nights Hotels
  • Cab fare Airport to Hotel and  Hotel to Facility
  • Meals and other
  • $ 1,690.00 Total Estimate 2 nights, 3 days 1 per month
  • $20,280.00 Total estimate once per month for 1 year
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