I would like to introduce you to the new Miles Against Melanoma board members. Darren Peters CFO, Tiffany Petters CTO and Britany Pointer COO. We are so excited to continue Miles Against Melanoma to raise skin cancer awareness, stand united, fight together and support one another.
Our story started January 3rd, 2012. The first time our family heard the word melanoma and the day that forever changed our lives. My father in law Charlie Peters Melanoma diagnosis brought us so many emotions: anger, sadness, fear and this feeling of unsureness. Unsure of the treatments, the tests and unsure of what the future held. After a year long treatment our family thought that we were one of the lucky ones. January 2014, the Melanoma had returned and now was stage 4. During the 8 months of multiple trial drugs and radiation our family was blessed. We were blessed to have each other and a great network of friends. June 2014, was our first time learning about Miles Against Melanoma. It was very touching to see people run in honor of Charlie.
August 2014, will always be the hardest days our family has ever faced. I made the promise to Charlie and myself that I would dedicate my life’s work to fighting Melanoma. In 2015, our family and friends helped honor our angel Charlie at the Miles Against Melanoma race in St. Louis Missouri. For the past 3 years we have been part of the Miles Against Melanoma race as #teamcharliepeters.
In 2016, I kept my promise to myself and Charlie and became a Nurse Practitioner in Dermatology. Every day I go to work to educate, prevent, diagnosis and treat skin cancers. When we heard that Amalyn had to make a very hard decision to close the St. Louis chapter we were saddened. As this organization allowed us to be with others who have been affected by melanoma. That alone brought us a level of comfort. I could not let this great organization close and made the decision to continue Miles Against Melanoma in Jefferson City, Missouri. Our family looks forward to continuing to raise money, raising awareness and being a place of support for the fighters, survivors and honoring the angels.