Skin Cancer Patient Stories

  • Donna Piunt

    Donna Piunt

    Melanoma, Stage 3B

    In November 2011, Donna Piunt was driving along to work like any other 51-year-old, jamming to music in her car. She and her husband, Stefan, were happily married and they had two beautiful daughters in their twenties. Donna arrived to work with a smile on her face as she greeted the little boy she cared for a a nanny. In her spare time, she was pursuing her Associate’s Degree in medical billing and coding, which she could work on while the little boy napped. Still, she asked herself, “What am I doing to make a difference?” Donna would soon find out when she was diagnosed with stage 3b melanoma as she took on the role of educating others about the dangers of the sun.

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  • Patricia Prior-Scheivert

    Patricia Prior-Scheivert


    Pat Prior-Scheivert knew something was wrong in November 2008 when she found a lump the size of a lemon on the right side of her groin. “It wasn’t there when I showered that morning, but it was that night,” she recalled.  Pat, who was 69 at the time, didn’t waste time getting to her family doctor, who ordered a CAT scan.

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  • Joseph Weiss


    Like most beach lovers of a certain age, Joe Weiss didn’t worry about too much exposure to the sun when he was spending childhood summers at the Jersey shore. Fast-forward five decades or so, and in 2009, at the age of 66, Joe noticed some changes in a dime-sized mole on his back. He went to his local doctor, who did a biopsy, which came back as a level 5 melanoma.

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  • R. Hallock Williams, MD

    R. Hallock Williams, MD

    As a psychiatrist, Dr. R. Hallock Williams spends his days helping patients with mental illness. When he noticed his own medical issues cropping up, he called upon his doctor for help.

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