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Robin Zimmerman is a retired baker living in the Willamette Valley. In 2008, his wife lost her life at the age of 48 after a four-year struggle with melanoma, leaving behind an adult son and preteen daughter. Five years later, he had an early-stage melanoma diagnosed and removed. He now divides his time working part-time at a hospital and as a skin cancer advocate volunteering with multiple organizations.
September 02, 2022
Cancer is talked about more openly nowadays, and while watching a movie with my daughter, a scene portraying a character in hospice care gave me flashbacks to our cancer experience.
July 07, 2022
I prefer when people respond with empathy when they hear about my wife’s death from cancer, though I’m often met with sympathy first.
May 13, 2022
I like to think that cancer advocates live the motto of the postal service, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from their swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
April 17, 2022
Upon reflecting on my late wife's cancer experience, one of my major regrets is not properly saying goodbye.
April 08, 2022
As a melanoma advocate, I realized that people of color often are not included in research or properly understand their risks for skin cancer. Here’s what I’m doing to change that.
March 25, 2022
At first, I struggled to keep up with the scientific jargon being presented at a cancer conference, but eventually I hit my stride and now I leave these events with a renewed sense of inspiration.
February 11, 2022
I learned that a more prominent obstacle that we need to navigate is getting past the assumption that having a darker skin tone protects people from skin cancer.
December 13, 2021
A cancer survivor explains how his holiday traditions changed after his wife was sick with and eventually died from cancer, and why each changing tradition holds a special place in his heart.
November 29, 2021
A man who lost his wife to cancer explains the positive attitude she had during treatment and how she came to reach acceptance of her prognosis.
November 07, 2021
Society helps move progress forward in cancer research, causing one survivor to ask, “How can I pay back that debt?”
October 12, 2021
A man who lost his wife due to cancer explains how it changed the trajectory of his family’s lives. He writes, “The question will still weigh on me at times, often in a religious or philosophical sense – was this the plan all along?”
September 17, 2021
A melanoma survivor and former caregiver analyzes the way society’s labels shape our behaviors and identities.
July 29, 2021
“There is every reason sunscreen can be promoted on what it does in its ability to reduce your risk of skin cancers over its cosmetic application to prevent the signs of aging,” writes a melanoma survivor.
May 12, 2021
A man who lost his wife to melanoma explains how he channeled his grief into advocacy that led to a change in legislation.
May 07, 2021
A melanoma survivor pens a poem about his cancer journey, losing his wife to melanoma and how he lives his life after these experiences.
April 30, 2021
Which story – of hope or fear – is the best experience to relate to help another?