Melanoma International Foundation

Rating: 4.81 stars   154 reviews

Issues: Cancer

Location: 250 Mapleflower Rd Glenmoore PA 19343 USA

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.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

MIF is the one website I continually recommend to individuals and families dealing with melanoma for the first time. The compassion and knowledge shared by Ms. Poole and her staff is known internationally. I will continue to share the website with anyone confronting this disease and in need of support and care.

 
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Our family lost our much loved 43 year old brother in Dec-11 to melanoma. We had so little time to process what was happening and to do everything in our power to try to make him comfortable before he was gone. My sister and I recently participated in the melanoma awareness walk at Universal Studios. It felt vey empowering to be doing something by raising money and promoting awareness. When the care giving process was over we felt lost. This walk gave us a goal and was a great way to do something constructive in remembering our brother. We plan to make this a yearly event!

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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I had a close family friend diagnosed with melanoma and went to the Melanoma International Foundation website to get information and a better understanding of what was he was going through. Unfortunately our friend passed away less than 4 months of being diagnosed but this website was a fantastic resource and very cathartic in assisting me with the loss. MIF also provided insight on how I could avoid melanoma. The personal input by others that had been affected directly or loved ones was great solace during a very trying time. Everyone please put on sunscreen!

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

using its resources to learn more about melanoma and what to do to assist in avoiding getting melanoma

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

get them more funding to spread the word about melanoma

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Death of close friend to melanoma

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Just learned of the website when I had a friend diagnosed with melanoma

What would you tell others about this organization?

Use it resources and wear sunscreen!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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17 people found this review helpful

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!

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.

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

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

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!

Ways to make it better...

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?

2009-4-01

 
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16 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-7-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2008-11-01

 
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