Stand Up to Melanoma (SU2M) was created in honor of Deb Westman, loving wife and mother, who lost her courageous battle with metastatic melanoma on July 19, 2013.
Deb was not going to let cancer interrupt her from living everyday to the fullest after being diagnosed in December 2010. And when the “standard” FDA-approved cancer treatments (e.g., surgery, interferon, chemotherapy) didn’t combat the inner monster, Deb never lost one ounce of hope.
THEN, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity was presented to Deb. She was approached by Detroit Karmanos’ Dr. Patricia LoRusso and the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Melanoma Dream Team to become the very first patient treated on the very first SU2C melanoma drug. Deb knew this would be her big break!
A combination of clinical trials and inner motivation, positivity, and strength transformed Deb into a true fighter. Deb undoubtedly fought long and hard with her whole being, but the cancer prevailed.
And so now, on behalf of Deb and others continuing their melanoma fight, it’s our turn to fight this hideous disease that doesn’t get the public attention it deserves.
To hear more about Deb’s battle from SU2C’s Dr. Patricia LoRusso herself, we encourage you to watch this brief clip >>