Articles by Renee Orcione, MRA Development Associate

One Family, One Community, One Goal: Cure Melanoma

By Renee Orcione, MRA Development Associate | 27 October 2021 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories

Melanoma is personal for Kathy Mason, and positivity is a way of life since her son Ryan’s Stage 3 melanoma diagnosis at only 24-years old. 

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Turning Memory Into Action: Honoring Her Father and Raising Awareness

By Renee Orcione, MRA Development Associate | 24 May 2021

In 2021, 7,180 people are estimated to lose their lives due to melanoma in the United States alone. That’s 7,180 individuals – fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, partners and more – gone but for the impact they had, and the memories and loved ones that they left behind. Those left behind, be it family...

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Creating Art to Create Change: The Power to Heal & Mobilize Community

By Renee Orcione, MRA Development Associate | 11 January 2021 In Allies & Partnerships, Melanoma Stories

Following the initial shock of her diagnosis and the strain of facing treatments on her own, Barbara was faced with yet another hurdle. Her arm surgery had left it nearly immobile. Not only was this a problem for her daily functioning, it made it extremely difficult for Barbara to pursue her lifelong passion of art.

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About the Author
Renee Orcione, MRA Development Associate

Renee Orcione joined the MRA team as a Development Associate in the start of 2020. In her role, Renee supports the Development Department in their efforts to advance and reach annual fundraising goals. Renee is directly responsible for the daily operations of her department, including supporting fundraising events and outreach, gift processing and research, and assisting in data entry, administration, and reporting.

Renee graduated with a BA in Public Communications and Spanish from American University’s School of Communication in 2016. While in college, she discovered her passion for non-profit work while interning with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and was involved with several other mission-based organizations, including Run Hope Work and City Dogs Rescue & City Kitties. She comes to MRA after spending two years at Child Care Aware of America, a nonprofit focused on advancing quality child care for all families.

Outside of the office, Renee enjoys traveling with her husband, visiting her family in Massachusetts, and spending time with her dog Linus, who she adopted through City Dogs Rescue.