Rare cancer survivor paddling down North Saskatchewan River for melanoma research

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A local rare cancer survivor is taking a challenge to ride a paddleboard from Fort Edmonton to Fort Saskatchewan to raise money for people with ocular melanoma and skin cancer.

The Save Your Skin Foundation is holding it’s second annual Move for Melanoma activity challenge Sept. 26-27.

Leanne Reeb was diagnosed with ocular melanoma in 2017. The tumour in her eye has since been successfully treated but she needs to keep being monitored for metastasis.

“I’ve been amazed by the support I’ve had for my fundraiser in terms of donations and with people wanting to come along,” Reeb said.

Ocular melanoma is rare with only 200 cases diagnosed in Canada each year, according to the Ocumel Canada website.

Reeb heard about Ocumel around eight months ago and wanted to do her part in helping out.

That’s why she accepted the challenge of paddleboarding the North Saskatchewan River from fort to fort on Sept. 27.

But she won’t be alone.

“My husband is coming as well as my two sons and some of our friends,” Reeb said. She expects the trip will take about six hours to complete.

Reeb’s goal in this fundraiser is to raise at least $9,000 and she’s already raised more than $8,000.

The initial goal for the Move for Melanoma fundraiser was $25,000 but due to overwhelming support, they have since doubled the goal to $50,000.

To donate, click on the Move for Melanoma event page at saveyourskin.ca

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