Tracy Elizabeth Harrison

leafI lost my daughter, Tracy, to metastatic melanoma on November 22, 2008. Tracy was an amazing young woman with a love of life and a great love for people. When she knew she was going to lose this battle, her thoughts were about others and the need to inform them of skin cancer and especially, melanoma.

Several weeks before she lost this battle, she asked her brother Lance to tell “tell my story.” Lance promised that he would and founded The Tracy Harrison Foundation for Melanoma Awareness. The goal of the foundation is education, awareness and research. There have been articles in the newspaper, magazines and on the news, but they are not getting to the real issue of describing how skin cancer is growing in numbers and severity. People we have spoken with have said, “I didn’t know that. I thought it was JUST skin cancer.” Melanoma is deadly and it does not discriminate against skin color or age. It JUST doesn’t care.

The foundation is a 501 (C)3 and our goal is to reach out to communities and educate our young people about the dangers of the sun and the importance of sunscreen. Also, we encourage everyone to avoid tanning beds, the importance of a healthy immune system and the need to check with a dermatologist or healthcare provider on a regular basis. Please read her story on the website so that you can see the progression of this deadly form of skin cancer at We are on a journey and I thank you for allowing me to share this with you. We are a growing group of family, friends, businesses and healthcare professionals that truly believe in the mission of this foundation and we will continue to move forward with telling Tracy’s story.

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