Brave dad joins melanoma event

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

DUNCRAIG fa­ther Rick Evans knows all too well just how dev­as­tat­ing melanoma can be but he never lets it get him down.

In 2013, he had a small mole re­moved from his back and did not think any more of it un­til twoand-a-half years ago when a cyst un­der his shoul­der started both­er­ing him.

Test­ing re­vealed the cyst was stage 4 melanoma that had spread to his lung, liver and bowel. Mr Evans was treated with a tar­geted ther­apy, hold­ing the melanoma at bay.

Since then he has had emer­gency surgery to re­move melanoma le­gions that had grown in his brain.

He planned to lead the 2017 Perth Melanoma March to raise funds but suf­fered a bleed in his brain, which re­quired a sec­ond cran­iotomy.

Fol­low­ing his surgery, Mr Evans was placed on an im­munother­apy combi trial that re­quired four dou­ble in­fu­sions over nine weeks.

By June, there was no ev­i­dence of melanoma in his scans and now, aged 42, he still lives with the bur­den that his melanoma may re­turn.

De­spite his tough bat­tle, Mr Evans re­mains pos­i­tive and thank­ful that his life was saved by clin­i­cal tri­als made pos­si­ble by re­search.

He is pas­sion­ate about march­ing with his son and daugh­ter by his side at this Sun­day’s Perth Melanoma March from 7.30am at Cottes­loe Beach.

Par­tic­i­pants will walk about 4km with the op­tion to run 10km. To reg­is­ter, go to www. melanoma­­mu­ni­ d481290 Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

Rick Evans has over­come many set­backs.

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