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Lora Capito: Melanoma  Survivor

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Lora Capito: Melanoma Survivor

Lora Capito: Melanoma Survivor

I used to go to the tanning bed in my younger days, not often enough to say. I loved baby oil to tan as a teenager. I’ve burnt here and there. I lived in Arizona for a total of five years. When we moved back to Illinois I was always in the garden, so naturally in the sun. Anyways, it started with a mole on my back, I had my primary doc look at it because I just thought it was ugly. She sent me to a [dermatologist] who immediately biopsied it. Results came back malignant melanoma. It is really more than just skin cancer because it travels and you never know where. They did a sentinel node mapping to lymph nodes under my armpits. Surgery to dig deeper on the mole, close it up and then under both armpits to biopsy lymph nodes. One under my right armpit came back positive. That’s what put me at a Stage 3A. [Then I had] another surgery to check more lymph nodes within the same month–all came back clear. I’ve had many options for treatment and decided the clinical trial would be best for me. So, every three weeks we travel 180 miles one way to St. Louis for lab work, [doctor] visits and treatment. So far [the] CT scans have come back clear [and the] MRI (brain) came back clear. With Melanoma, you are never cancer free; NED—no evidence of disease—is the best it will ever get. Melanoma always comes back and it could literally go anywhere.





Come and get ready to Derby at The Shade Project’s pre-Kentucky Derby event hosted by Vine Vault at 501 Congress in the center atrium. Light bites and libations provided. The event will feature a jewelry trunk show from local designers PHAROA and Cassandra Collection. A percentage of purchases that evening will be donated to The Shade Project.


Guests will be able to preview original jewelry created especially for The Shade Project’s Down and Derby’s silent auction.


Guest can also choose to make a Derby hat. Austin Design Services will be on hand to consult on hat creations using hats donated by Physician Endorsed. These very fashionable wide brimmed hats contain UPF which provides excellent sun protection.


We will also have Kentucky Derby facts on hand so you can learn all about the big race.


Tickets Available Now! $20 for Event, Bites and Drinks,
and $50 for Hat Making Activity!

Come enjoy a great evening and get ready for The Kentucky Derby.

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