Amalyn Martin was born in Metairie, Louisiana but moved to St. Louis after her father was relocated. This Missouri State straight-A student studied psychology, criminal justice, and child/family development while working four jobs and volunteering at a women’s domestic violence shelter, mentoring at risk youth and serving various ranks in organizations on campus, including the President of the Criminal Justice Society. She first served in the public sector at Green County’s Courthouse; in Detention and then the Abuse & Neglect Unit. Her last public sector position was as victim’s advocate for St. Charles County Courthouse. But with budget cuts looming, Amalyn feared for her family’s finances. She was offered a sales job in the private sector and now serves as a Marketing Representative for St. Louis Physical Therapy.
In 2010 she founded Miles Against Melanoma, a registered 501c3 nonprofit to educate the public about melanoma and raise funds for struggling melanoma patients and families. She works full force for this organization voluntarily.
Miles’ Message and Vision is as follows:
• To increase awareness of malignant melanoma and skin cancer through education, advocacy and research.
• To advocate for detection and to obtain skin examinations. We help people find dermatologists in their area as well.
• To ease the burden and to provide support for melanoma patients, caregivers and medical professionals through financial aid.
• To create a national association to aid in providing support to those with melanoma.
• To ultimately find a cure for melanoma.
According to Martin, Miles Against Melanoma’s goal is to spread to every city in the United States to change the mindset of Americans and bring about community awareness in every state. Thanks to Ms. Martin, Miles Against Melanoma is in over 15 cities. To Amalyn, melanoma is a seemingly underrated and underexposed disease that needs more awareness. If you are interested in having an event in your city, please let her know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like all moms, she strives to protect her three children, including protecting them from the dangers of the sun. Seeing families and individuals affected by melanoma is difficult for her which makes her work that much harder to educate others on sun safety. As with anything, reaching people in their prime will have the most profound effect and it is her greatest hope that the values will be instilled in not only her children but in all.