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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.