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MELANOMA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION
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!

The Great!

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.

More feedback

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

MY ROLE:
Donor & Helped raise funds for MIF in memory of my daughter.