McCrary decided to make a Facebook page to find more people from Auburn University with ocular melanoma, which is how they discovered the other 36 graduates. Lori Lee, who also went to Auburn but was not friends with Green, Allred and McCrary at the time, has the rare cancer and now sees Dr. Orloff for treatment.
With no cure at the moment, both Green and Allred had to have an eye removed when they were first diagnosed, and the cancer has reoccurred nine times in six different places in Allred’s body.
“Two days ago found out that it’s come back to my brain,” Allred said, “So, I’m actually going to have radiation on my brain tomorrow.”
The four women and Dr. Orloff want to figure out the strange connection that led to the rare cancer, and eventually find a cure.
“Until we get more research into this, then we’re not going to get anywhere,” Lee said. “We’ve got to have it so that we can start linking all of them together to try to find a cause, and then one day, hopefully, a cure.”