St. Louis Chapter – History
Hi! I am the founder and director of Miles Against Melanoma. This non-profit organization started in the summer of 2010 as a small organization where I felt this unbelievable need and passion to get skin cancer and melanoma awareness into the community. I have a full time job in marketing but work full force for this organization voluntarily. It is important to me for people to take care of their and their children’s skin and to be sun safe!
I had a mole removed from my back 2 years ago and after the way I have treated my freckled, fair skin my whole life, I was very surprised that after waiting an agonizing week, the mole came back benign. My father has had melanoma, my good friend from high school and now I am enmeshed in so many people’s lives that are suffering from, survived or have lost a dear angel to this underrated, underexposed illness. I am so passionate about helping build community relationships and to spread the word that skin cancer is the leading cancer, with more cases than all the other types COMBINED.
One person dies every 57 minutes of Melanoma. It is a seemingly underexposed disease that needs more awareness empowering people to honor people they love that are still with us or have left us already. The events are beautiful because these people are finding others in their communities that become fellow friends, advocates and supporters. We are allowing people to raise money for families of cancer victims who are struggling financially or to donate funds to melanoma research. I am still in shock that melanoma is the most underfunded type of cancer there is.