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I was born with a birthmark that grew around my right eye. When I was 5 years old, a large portion was removed for fear of Ocular Melanoma Cancer (Cancer of the Eye). Before the surgery there was talk about me losing my vision to this rare cancer. But the surgery was successful and I became a professional photographer. Reflecting on how that early experience made me who I am today, I decided to embark a journey that celebrates keeping myself healthy, sharing what I'm passionate about, and challenging myself to continue overcoming obstacles.
In January, I travelled to climb one of the biggest mountains in the world. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Over 19,000 feet of breathtaking life experience. It was a 7 day excursion, hiking up to 15 hours a day. Along with the trip, I shared my story of my birthmark publicly and launched a crowdfunding campaign that raised over $15,000 to help benefit the Melanoma Research Foundation that furthers research and spreads awareness of Ocular Melanoma. I am grateful for my gift of sight and love that I can share my journey with you here.
Let’s climb our mountains!
- Anthony Cunanan
Follow my journey on Instagram which will unfold chronologically over the next two weeks. Check in below for exclusive video clips and my personal trip journal.
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