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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer

Mission: To reduce the burden and bring understanding to the journey of melanoma. Through our helpline, online forum, and personal email, we help thousands of patients who are diagnosed with melanoma.

Programs: 1. Patient Outreach: helpline, forum, email assistance to over 5000 patients a year2. Send out our book and other educational materials to thousands.3. Educate: k-8, Save Your Skin Pledge for tanning salon prevention, lunch and learn webinars for early detection to many corporate entities.

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

MIF and its members have been a source of comfort, inspiration, and most of all information since my melanoma diagnosis almost three years ago.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When diagnosed with Melanoma the questions I had were numerous and constantly popping into my mind. Thankfully I found this source which allayed some of my concerns and, fortunately for me, allowed me to realize that while I'm by no means "out of the woods", my situation isn't as dire as I immediately assumed it was. I simply didn't understand the prognosis and being able to come to this website with questions and have them answered same day most often was very helpful as my family and I faced this awful disease. I'm now more educated and have even been able to provide guidance to others who were recently diagnosed.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this site is excellent. Catherine Poole the moderator is very informed and up-to-date on the latest treatments and research. She is also very kind, caring and supportive towards the patients and caregivers. I used this site almost daily after my brother, Wes, was diagnosed with Stage IV Melanoma in 2008. Catherine and the others on the site provided my family with wonderful information, support and encouragement. I will always take comfort in this.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am a melanoma survivor. When I was first diagnosed I found this terrific organization and they have helped me to connect with fellow melanoma patients, research physicians and treatment options, and kept me abreast of activities surrounding this challenging disease. Their publication and email information is helpful, interesting and current.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The forums were an enormous help when my brother was first diagnosed with stage IV metastatic melanoma. The users and moderator (Catherine Poole) supplied a wealth of knowledge about the most current clinical trials which were his only hope at the time. Feedback was quick and accurate.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The MIF has been a huge psychological support for me, as well as the go to place when I want information on melanoma. I am always telling my doctors about this site. When they are impressed because of the knowledge I have, I give credit to the MIF.

Client Served

Rating: 5

MIF has been a wonderful source of accurate and reliable information for myself and my dealings with melanoma. I can honestly say the information and people found on this site are the best and without a doubt helped me cope with my two brushes with melanoma (both were diagnosed as "in situ).

The information is current and dead on accurate. The supportive forums are my lifelines. As any person who has heard the word "cancer" mentioned to them as a diagnosis will tell you, you need support and encouragement as much as you need the actual medical treatments.

Catherine Poole and her group are always available to answer questions on line or if you need more information she will also reach out to you personally. As a skin cancer survivor, she knows first hand what all of us are going through. She has blazed a skin cancer trail for others and I am grateful that she has.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the family researcher. Every family should have one, right? In 2008 my father was was extremely ill; advanced metastatic melanoma. In the process of leaving no stone unturned, I happened upon the Melanoma International Foundation website. I e-mailed Catherine Poole, President of Melanoma International Foundation, directly with some specific questions. She responded immediately, with wisdom and compassion. Her insight and the information she provided at such a desperate time will not be forgotten.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful to have found Melanoma International Foundation on the internet. Connecting with others who are battling this disease has helped me in dealing with my diagnosis. Also, the moderators do an amazing job of making sure that accurate information is shared. It has been a valuable tool in my education about Melanoma.
Having Melanoma experts so available and willing to respond to questions has been truly amazing. Such a comfort when facing a life threatening disease.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found the Melanoma Foundation after just being diagnosed. I was not under general care, so was not receiving any kind of feedback from the surgeon who had removed the malignancy. After thirty days I had an appointment only to find I was being sent for further testing which they would receive within two days and I would have to wait another 30!!!! I requuested a copsy of my lab work and quicly submitted the info online to the Melanoma Foundation. Thank goodness I did! They were quick to tell me I was a low risk, and explain the results to me. Since my surgeon had zero compassion or bed side manner (this is not his specialty) and found it acceptible for me to live three months before giving me the all clear I was releived to talk/chat to other individuals going through the same thing as well as get some professional council on my results! I am happy to report that I feel I have made true friends on this website, and still communicate with some to this day. In addition I visit occasionally to lend my support to other newly diagnosed individuals. This site was a true blessing in my life at a time when it was so needed. God bless the individuals that spend their time to keep it up and runnin!