SeaTac Resident Has Family History Of Melanoma; Will Be In Relay For Life


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by Mariah Acuff

We all have a story…

Local Sea-Tac resident Trevor Larson has a family history of melanoma. Unfortunately, his mother, aunts, and cousins have all been diagnosed with it in the past making it a risk Trevor will always have to be watchful over, especially considering his occupation as a lifeguard. Yet even with that knowledge, Trevor’s close call with cancer at merely 17 years old was something that would have shocked anyone. After noticing three moles that appeared suspicious, Trevor’s parents decided it was a good idea to take him to the dermatologist where it was then recommended that the moles be removed immediately.

“It’s hard to ignore the possibility that you could have a life threatening disease, but you have to put that behind you and keep on living.” Larson said.

Thankfully, the moles had not yet developed into skin cancer, however Trevor’s scare was a great example of how truly unbiased cancer is about whom it may chose to attack. Larson was lucky, but every year there are countless other children – some are infants or some are seniors in high school just like Trevor – who must face this fight for their lives everyday.

With wise words, Larson reflects on his situation by saying, “Regardless of what you have or what happens to you in life, you can’t change what’s happened but you can change the present and how you’re dealing with the situation.”

This is why he fights.
Why do you?

The annual Highline Relay for Life will be held at the Mt. Rainier High School Track, located at 22450 19th Ave South in Des Moines, the weekend of June 11 – 12, with the main event running from 3pm Saturday until 8am Sunday,

For more information, visit their website here: http://main.acsevents.org/site/TR?pg=entry&fr_id=33977

EDITOR’S NOTE: Mariah Acuff is a Senior at Mount Rainier High School. She is also serving on the Publicity Committee for the Highline Relay for Life.

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