In May 2016 Mike was diagnosed with Melanoma and had a malignant mole removed from the upper right side of his back. The surgery was successful, and the outlook moving forward was relatively optimistic. His 6-month check-up came and went with a clear PET scan and no signs of cancer. While on a New Years trip to Colorado snowboarding with some friends, Mike started feeling some irritation and discomfort in the area he originally had the malignant mole removed from. Later that night he discovered a "golf ball sized" tumor on his back. After returning home, he met with his surgical oncologist Dr. Phillip Ley who immediately identified the tumor as a reoccurence of Melanoma and subsequently scheduled a PET scan to check and see if the cancer had metastasized. On Friday, January 12th, Mike got the dreaded phone call from Dr. Ley who informed him that the cancer had spread to his lungs and his spine. On Monday, January 15th, Mike met with his oncologist, Dr. Tammy Young, who informed him that the cancer had also spread to some areas along his pelvis and hips. Dr. Young laid out the initial plan for treatment; however, they are still in the process of fine tuning it. For now, Mike will begin with two infusions of chemotherapy followed by immunotherapy, which will consist of a mixture of the medicines Yervoy and Optivo. There is also a possibility that Mike could be selected for a clinical study, which would provide for an alternative treatment plan. As you could imagine between the doctor's visits, scans and treatment, this will be very expensive. Additionally, it is highly likely that Mike will have to be cut back to working part time or even get to a point where he cannot work at all, so every little bit helps! Please keep him in your prayers, and we will update you as we learn more.