Sam Hughes

Sam, or Sambo as he was known to basically everyone, was a Dad, a Husband, a Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend to so many.

He worked hard as a tradie out in the sun to support his family and he played just as hard.

2009… Sam had a mole removed from the back of his head. He had put off for years getting it checked. Biopsy came back as a Level 3 Melanoma. We both had no idea how bad this was, at the time, our thoughts were “It’s just skin cancer right?!”

The melanoma was removed with wide incision surgery, a skin graft put in place to heal the hole left and also 4 nodes removed from the base of his head. We were told “it looks good, we got it all!” Happy Days. So we went back to the long working days, eating like we shouldn’t and just living to pay bills and the mortgage.

March 2014….. Sam was 5 Years Clear of Melanoma. No evidence of Disease.

September 2014… Sam felt unwell and his stomach blew up to look 6 months pregnant. Off to hospital we went. Melanoma was back with a vengeance. This “thing” 5 years ago that was “just skin cancer” had turned into stage 4 metastatic melanoma. We were told there was no cure.

How was this happening? It was “just skin cancer”

So fast forward to Christmas and the trial medicine Sam is on, is working. Very little evidence of disease and large tumours are reduced to tiny specs!

March 2015, the scans come back with the horrible news that the tumours have grown and returned. Between March and August 2015 tumours popped up in Sam’s brain, lung, adrenal gland, liver, pelvic region, bowel as well as a tumour which wrapped around the main artery in his leg which lead through his lungs and up to his heart.

After all the operations, trial and immunotherapy drugs, Sam grew his Angel Wings on the 30th August 2015. I cannot even describe the pain, loss and holes we have in our hearts. More than anyone, that of Sam’s 6 year old little boy who idolised his dad.

It should never be thought of as “It’s just skin cancer” and “I’ll just get it cut out”. If it isn’t caught early enough, there is NO cure. Please stop and think about that. Prevention is better than anything and no tan is worth dying for!

Sam loved life, his wife, son, family and friends, but he never truly lived and appreciated life until he got this terrible diagnosis. My god, did he fight, he was so strong and so powerfully positive and truly loved and appreciated every second with those he loved. He lived every single minute being present. Please do not wait to “live your dash” as Sam would say, until you get a terrible life changing diagnosis.

Life shouldn’t be about stressing about making mortgage payments, staying in a job you hate, working 24/7 to own materialistic objects. It’s about making memories and having experiences with those you love and truly taking in every.single.second.

In the end we only have memories, and that’s all your loved ones hold onto if they lose you.

This is Sambo’s Legacy and this is our Tribute to our beautiful Angel. Please prevent and protect yourself from Melanoma and please spread awareness x

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Privacy Policy

Australian Melanoma Research Foundation (AMRF) respects and is committed to protecting the privacy of the people whose personal information it collects. We collect personal information about individuals who are employed by us, our donors, our volunteers, other supporters, allied associations, consultants and service providers.

Information we collect

Whenever we collect personal information, we will identify ourselves as AMRF and ensure people are aware of why we are collecting information and how we plan to use it.

The type of personal information AMRF usually collects and holds includes names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, donation date, reason for donation, merchandise orders and other information such as health related information pertaining to AMRF research and program delivery. This information may be collected in person, via our website on the secure payment gateway, as well as other sources.

When people visit our website, or download information from it, the following information is recorded by Google Analytics:

  • Their network location and IP address
  • The date and time of their visit, pages visited, and time spent on each page
  • Referring site details (ie the site and page they came from to arrive at this site)
  • Type of web browser they used
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This information is only used for statistical and website development purposes. We make limited use of cookies on our website. We use cookies to improve the functionality of our website, and to remember user preferences when people return.

In the event where an individual shares unsolicited personal information that AMRF would not have collected for the purposes outlined above that information will be destroyed or de-identified as soon as is practicable.

How we use and disclose personal information

We collect and use stakeholder’s personal information to carry out the functions and activities of AMRF and to comply with our legal obligations, to maintain and update our records and to help us manage and provide our services.

We may also use information to ask for support and to keep people informed about the ways in which our donors and supporters help us to make a difference to raise funds for research, awareness and early detection programs.  People have the right to opt out of any communications from AMRF.  This will not stop them receiving receipts and other transactional communications as required by law.

We may disclose personal information to third parties who assist us to perform functions on our behalf (such as commercial mail preparation services, this information is permanently deleted by the provider upon completion of the service and confirmed in writing of such).  These external service providers are under a duty to maintain the privacy and security of your information in line with this Privacy Policy and to use your personal information only for the purpose for which it is disclosed.

AMRF does not use any government related identifiers, such as Medicare numbers or tax file numbers, of an individual as our own identifier.

Marketing and communications

We may use people’s information within AMRF only in connection with marketing and fundraising campaigns. We may provide marketing communications to stakeholders on an ongoing basis by telephone, electronic messages (eg. email), online (including websites and mobile apps) and other means, unless they opt out or we are subject to legal restrictions. These may include communications relating to AMRF and our programs, campaign and promotional messages, event invitations, fundraising opportunities and newsletters.

AMRF also sends transactional communications which include but are not limited to: Donation & Tax Receipts, forgotten password e-mails, event sign up confirmation and confirmations from Web forms.

To opt-out of receiving AMRF marketing communications people can:

  • Select the “unsubscribe” option in one of the marketing communications that they receive from us.
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Security of personal information

AMRF regards the security of personal information as a priority and takes a number of precautions to protect people’s personal information from loss, misuse, unauthorised access, modification or disclosure. Specific security precautions are in place for processing online payments through payment gateway providers Stripe and PayPal which include the use of encrypted links, dedicated private connections and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption. However, the Internet is not a secure environment and although all care is taken, we cannot guarantee the security of information people provide to us via electronic means such as email.

If people become aware of any inaccuracy in the personal information, we hold about themselves, they are encouraged to contact AMRF so we can update any personal information we hold.


Where it is lawful and practicable, we will allow individuals to deal with us on an anonymous basis. For example, if we receive a telephone enquiry, we will not require that the enquirer gives us their name, although depending on the nature of the enquiry, we may not be able to answer it unless they do.

We can also accept gifts and other forms of support anonymously. However, provisions contained in taxation legislation require AMRF to collect the name of the donor if the donor requires a tax-deductible receipt.

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AMRF’s reputation and goodwill is extremely important. Permission to use images featured on this website has only been given to AMRF and therefore should not be downloaded or used in any way by a third party without consent.

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If AMRF updates or changes this Privacy Policy, the changes will be made on this page. Your continued use of AMRF’s website following the posting of changes will mean you accept those changes.

Contact us

If you have any questions about privacy-related issues OR you wish to lodge a complaint about a breach of this policy OR other privacy matter OR you do not wish to be contacted by us to ask for your support, please contact us by email at Alternatively our postal address is below:

PO Box 574
Kent Town DC SA 5071

We take your privacy concerns seriously. Where you express any concerns that we have interfered with your privacy, we will respond to let you know who will be handling your matter and when you can expect a further response. We may request additional details from you regarding your concerns and may need to engage or consult with other parties in order to investigate and deal with your issue. We will keep records of your request and any resolution.

For information about privacy generally, or if your concerns are not resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner at and on 1300 363 992.