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Fundraiser for South Jersey woman suffering from Melanoma

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Friends and family gathered Friday evening in Atlantic City to raise money in hopes to find a cure for one of the most common cancers in young adults. Tara miller is one of many who suffer from Melanoma.

On July 17th of last year, Tara Miller was diagnosed with Melanoma.

"I can't change the fact that I have cancer. I can't change the fact that I've had 14 brain tumors," said Tara.

But Tara does say she can change the way she looks at life.

"It should be the scariest time of your life, but when I look back at the last 11 months, it has been some of the best times I've had,” said Tara. "The statistics are alarming. The statistics say that 75% of Stage 4 Melanoma patients will be dead within a year. Obviously that's scary for me and my family."

Friends and family of Tara say although the statistics are scary, she still manages to stay positive.

"She's just the strongest person I've ever met. It’s her ability to just make the best out of everything and not worry about the results," said Lauren Miller, Tara’s twin sister.

And on Friday evening at One Atlantic at The Pier in Atlantic City, friends and family gathered to raise money for Melanoma research. The family says they hope to raise hundreds and thousands of dollars from the fundraiser.

"The incredible community support has been so overwhelming. It's been surprising and humbling. I don't even have the words for it and that's not because I've had 14 brain tumors," said Tara.

"It opened up our eyes to how precious life is and how important things are. To be able to be here and show support by helping out in any way possible is the most important thing for us," said Chris Myers, a close friend of the Miller family.

Tara is now on an experimental drug to help combat the Melanoma, but the family tells NBC 40 they are unsure of what the future brings.

"She just keeps looking for the next piece of hope," said George Miller, Tara’s father. 

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