OUR STORY: HOW BLOCK THE BLAZE BEGAN
ABOUT JOEL MYRES
At age 16, Joel was first diagnosed with melanoma after his mother recognized a changing mole on his neck. The melanoma was removed completely, and it did not appear to have spread outside the skin. Joel graduated high school, and decided to pursue a medical degree. In 1998, Joel began his time as a medical student at the University of California, Irvine College of Medicine. He completed over two years at UCI and had begun a Fellowship of Pathology when he noticed a lump on his abdomen. The same doctors who were his teachers and role models were heartbroken to discover that the lump represented a metastatic focus of the original melanoma from so many years ago. Unfortunately Joel passed away on March 7, 2001 following a courageous and prolonged battle with melanoma.
CALIFORNIA SURF LIFESAVING ASSOCIATION
John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s Block the Blaze program is the official partner of the California Surf Lifesaving Association (CSLSA) to provide skin cancer education to CA junior lifeguards. To date, JWCF has educated over 100,000+ CA JG’s and look forward to continuing this partnership and providing lifesaving education to CA Junior Lifeguards for years to come. Learn more about Block the Blaze here.
Leland J. Foshag, M.D
Medical Director, Clinical Cancer Operations and Program Development
Director, Young Adult Cancer Program
NCI designated Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCC) University of California, Irvine
Medical Director, Hyundai Cancer Institute
Division Chief, Oncology, Pediatric Subspecialty Faculty (PSF)
Director, Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Program
Medical Director Blood and Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Laboratory
Medical Director, NMDP approved Cord Blood Bank
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
President, Society for Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology
Trevan Fischer, M.D.
Head, Surgical Oncology, Co-Director Melanoma Program at The Angeles Clinic and Research Institute
Surgical Director, Experimental Therapeutics, Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Leonard Sender, M.D.
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Hematology, and Pediatrics
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