The Melanoma Research Foundation, the UNC Division of Surgical Oncology and the UNC Department of Dermatology sponsored a Melanoma Patient Day on February 6, 2013. The educational conference, held at The Friday Center, is dedicated to melanoma patients and the people who support them and featured presentations from several UNC Lineberger faculty members and experts from around the world.
In addition to the conference sponsors, Melanoma Patient Day also receives generous support from Mrs. Anne Sessoms of Chapel Hill and Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hudgens from Raleigh.
Diana Hudgens explains, “Tom and I support this conference because we’re grateful to the wonderful doctors at UNC who have given Tom such excellent care. One of this year’s lectures has been named in memory of Tom’s lifelong friend, Ned Austell. Ned and Tom were diagnosed with their first melanomas—and their second—at almost the same times. Ned did not survive his second bout. Tom did. We think UNC Lineberger made the difference. We are happy to support this well organized and very informative conference. We are confident that people are helped by it.”