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July 30, 2009

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July 30, 2009

Our first contact with Melanoma International Foundation was February 23, 2007, the day after our 32 year old daughter, Erica, learned (after four and one half years of her original surgery) the melanoma had spread to her liver. Three weeks before she and her husband had just run a marathon. She contacted MIF and they responded immediately offering encouragement in her contacting her original doctors who were experts in the caring of melanoma patients. From February 2007 through her treatments & surgeries & beyond MIF communicated with Erica,checking on how she was doing & if she needed any help, until her death in April 2008. Since then MIF has kept in contact with us, Erica's family. Erica's husband & friends ran in a relay marathon in memory of Erica raising funds for MIF. MIF's philosophy of prevention, early dection & awareness is extremely important as melanoma is on the increase, especially in the younger population. Our family participated in an MIF sponsored event just one year after Erica's death where an award was given in her name. The staff of many volunteers, melanoma survivors, persons being treated with melanoma, & family members were all very gracious & we felt like we had known those we met for years, not just a few hours. MIF has supported our other daughter as she gives talks on Safe From the Sun Awareness with sharing of their literature & handouts on melanoma. We have been extremely pleased with MIF in the way they kept up with our daughter & now our family without any pressure for donations. Thank you MIF!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they care for the patient and family members by offering assistance, support & encouragement.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to push public awareness of safe from the sun, early detection & prevention.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The way they reached out to my daughter during her illness & now toher family after her death.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

gracious, informative, caring & very supportive.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

promote prevention , detection & cure!

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I might have been aware of the organization in September of 2002.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the public to be more aware of prevention & early detection & make each person be an advocate for their own health.

One thing I'd also say is that...

be your own advocate & insist on medical attention for any changes in/of your skin.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

MIF is a great organization that works with melanoma patients and families. Donations go toward making the families and patients feel comfortable, and help them deal with the situation. They are caring and wonderful people.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they really care about what they are doing, and are very appreciative of all of the help that they get.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 30, 2009

MIF is an awesome foundation that I stumbled upon after my brother died from melanoma in 2005. It has wonderful info., feedback, and knowledgeable links.I think it should be given an award.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

educate a lot of children and teachers at schools.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 29, 2009

I received a diagnosis of stage 1V melanoma and had no idea where to turn for help. I saw the MIF site and Catherine's offer to help if anyone had any questions. I emailed her a question about finding a Doctor, and within 5 minutes(I swear), she had responded with 2 names, one of whom is now my oncologist at Memorial Sloan.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ease of use of the website and the amount of information that is presented

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

As a patient, I did not feel so alone. I am checking the MIF web site often for new information and cure.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

lots of information.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help find more treatments options.

Ways to make it better...

I would see more research done and explained to not only prevent but cure and find new treatments.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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July 29, 2009

My dermatologist office is a sponsor of the 5K Melanoma Walk @ Villanova University. This events just grows each year. My whole family participates. I, personally, have atypical moles that have been removed. My sister has Basal Skin cancer, & my father has Squamous Skin Cancer. So, this cause is dear to my heart.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

raising awareness of Skin Cancer. The 5K event held at Villanova University has grown big time each year. It is very well organized.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 29, 2009

This site is just the best. When I was first diagnosed with Melanoma I had so many questions and getting so few answers with any of the Dr's. This site is a wealth of information and support for everyone. If youre ever feeling down there is always someone to help you through the dark days. Its the tops.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Every posting. There is always someone there with a wealth of information and support.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Its keeps me going when times are tough.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Everyone on this site is always very helpful for everyone.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help in research into Melanoma.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 29, 2009

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July 29, 2009

This is the place to go if you need to know the latest about Melanoma. The feed back, support is wonderful and if the answers to your question is not known, Catherine will go out and ask an expert to find out. It's a place where you feel part of a team, safe and secure, which after being diagnosised with any cancer is difficult to feel. They accomplish this with follow up, caring comments, great information and always posting the latest research which save someones life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the unspoken calm their comments bring about in the folks diagnosed with this frightening and life threatening disease,

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not change a thing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

reassurance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, experienced, helpful, understanding, reassuring, comforting.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Keep the site going, offer more free clinics, offer sun awareness clinics, help researchers find something that will work to keep this cancer away.

Ways to make it better...

I'd never been diagnosed.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The lack of new options available for a cure leaving little to recomment other than trials for advanced disease.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I am very happy I stumbled across this website. It's always available, night or day and you feel a friend is only a click away

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 28, 2009

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July 28, 2009

This is a great organization. When my sister-in-law was diagnosed with Melanoma, I directed her immediately to the MIF for it's helpful information, support, and resource guides.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life - my family has greatly benefited form the information they provide.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ease of navigation and wealth of information available.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help change the world by educating parents and care givers how to prevent Melanoma in adult years by teaching prevention from early ages.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 28, 2009

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July 28, 2009

This is a very important site and I found it when my friend was diagnosed with Melanoma. The information they share is invaluable, and the fundraisers important.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

educating the public about the dangers and how to protect themselves.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their heart for helping.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

fine.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

increase their push for educating the public.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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