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Monday, May 24, 2021

Eye Patch Days: Raising Awareness for Ocular Melanoma

As part of Melanoma Awareness Month, the Ocular Melanoma Foundation (OMF) is proud to support the annual Eye Patch Days to increase awareness of ocular melanoma and the need for dilated eye exams.

OMF Warriors around the globe will wear eye patches to raise awareness for ocular melanoma.

Wearing an eye patch is a great way to start a conversation with co-workers, friends and neighbors about OM and how important it is to see an ophthalmologist regularly.

Ocular Melanoma is a heartbreaking cancer that takes many loved ones from us way too soon.

We encourage you to share the memory of your special person by wearing an eye patch and spreading the word in their honor.

In Memory of Nancy Roth – a Personal Story
By Don Roth, CEO AmpliVox

On September 4, 2018, my wife Nancy Roth lost her six-year battle with ocular melanoma.

This rare disease, which occurs in 2,000 adults each year, currently has no cure in its metastatic form.

AmpliVox CEO Don Roth still gets understandably emotional about his wife Nancy’s six-year fight against ocular melanoma, which she lost in September 2018, despite countless doctor’s visits, expert opinions and treatments.

But while Roth will likely never truly get over the loss of his wife of 52 years, he’s figured out a proactive way to make the best of it by working to raise money to find a cure for the disease that took Nancy’s life at age 76.

Roth has led efforts to raise about $35,000 for the Eye Tumor Research Foundation and the Ocular Melanoma Foundation through a GoFundMe fundraising page as well as partnerships with local restaurants and neighborhood businesses near AmpliVox’s headquarters in the Chicago area.

Among the local restaurants to donate portions of their proceeds to Roth’s fundraising efforts are City Barbecue, Eddie Merlot and The Warehouse, but they’re not the only ones, he says.

"My dedication and my goal is to raise money in many, many different ways for the Eye Tumor Research Foundation," says Roth.

AmpliVox employees “have all been very supportive in every way," he says, as have the company’s customers and suppliers.

"There will always be a little hole in my heart. They fill the gap when all of these people are so supportive," says Roth.

"Our customers and our suppliers and our employees have made our lives worthwhile."

"They’ve made what we’re doing worthwhile."


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"Many of them have been very generous," says Roth, noting AmpliVox also includes information about donating to the effort on its purchase orders and invoices "to get the word out".

Roth has offered to match donations at various times as well in hopes of generating as much support as possible.