My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Melanoma International Foundation, Glenmoore, PA, USA
I was diagnosed with a late stage melanoma on June6, 2005. At the time, my prognosis was dismal and I was given 6-9 months, 12 months at best. In spite of that, I just celebrated my seventh NED anniversary last month.
Many people still see melanoma as “just skin cancer” and do not know that it is an incurable, and way too often, fatal disease. I consider myself an “odds beater” and feel that because of my unexpected survival, I have a responsibility to educate others about melanoma. So I try to educate (without “preaching”) anyone who will listen to the dangers of melanoma.
To those who have already been diagnosed, I share my story and tell them not to view their prognosis in terms of statistics because I have never believed that I am a number, I am a person. Also, it is important to never give up hope and to surround yourself with supportive, loving people because this is not something you can face alone. I truly believe that my good fortune is the result of exceptional medical care along with hope. No treatment plan by itself can produce positive results. I believe medicine must be combined with plenty of positive energy.
Had I given up and just waited to die I would have missed so much, my daughter’s graduation from college, the marriage of my son to a wonderful woman, the birth of my first grandchild, my 35th wedding anniversary, the chance to make many new friends, and otherwise ordinary daily events that make life so precious.
In the early years of my diagnosis, I received a fantastic book at no charge from MIF, authored by Catherine Poole through my participation in an online patient support group for anyone dealing with melanoma. I thought it was just wonderful that your organization made this available to me without any money changing hands.
I think so highly of MIF that I am nominating them for an annual donation made by my daughter’s employer. Each year they pick a not-for-profit organization that is located close to DC and is small enough for them to feel their contribution can really make a difference. Although I missed the deadline in 2011, you can be sure I will not miss it this year!
Thank you for helping me with my mission to increase melanoma awareness and my personal feeling that one should not let melanoma rule your life…you rule your life while remaining hopeful and diligent. I appreciate this opportunity to express my appreciation for your organization!
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