Melanoma Awareness

Melanoma is more than skin deep

Last fall we had the privilege of teaming up with Myriad Media, an amazing media company based out of Raleigh, NC. From the moment I met the creative masterminds of Myriad Media I knew that wonderful things would begin happening and that through them we would give Melanoma a voice.

In addition to two public service announcements (coming soon!) Myriad Media is producing an awareness video for the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation: “Melanoma is More than Skin Deep”. The video will debut on May 1 at our Taste For a Cure: Chef’s Gala Benefiting Melanoma Research. After much planning, last week we gathered to make this dream into a reality. I am pretty sure that anyone who attended any part of last weeks video shoot would tell you that what happened in the studio was nothing short of amazing. I left that day with a full heart, knowing that what will come of this will make a difference in helping spread awareness about melanoma.

We are truly honored that TJ flew in from Ft Lauderdale to participate in the video. Aside from all of the blogging and advocating that TJ does, I think he can now add “modeling” to his resume! We also have to thank Graham and his Mom, brother Charlie and sister Quinn who drove all the way from DC where they had just been advocating for Melanoma on Capitol Hill. We really enjoyed spending time with them! Extra big thank you to Coach P for taking time out of her super busy schedule to participate in this video. As evidenced by her beautiful smile in these pictures it is obvious that Coach P is very passionate about making a difference in raising awareness for Melanoma. Without these amazing Melanoma warriors this video never could have happened.

A lot went into making last weeks video session such a sucess. It started with the amazing crew from Myriad Media: special shout out to Tony, Max, Kyle, Kent and Christa. We also had many other people involved behind the scenes. First, we had Robbie who made us all look fabulous with make up (she had to do a lot of touch ups for the tears that were shared). Kim (PDMMF board member and volunteer) helped us shuttle our warriors and even had some camera time. Jessica Key of Noir Photography  took all of the behind the scenes photos seen below. Trailblazers studio in Raleigh kindly donated their studio space for the day. We even had a visit from Kim of Addison’s Army Against Melanoma as well as our very own Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation Event Co-ordinator Kellie. Graham and TJ were outfitted by The Gap at the streets of Southpoint, and Coach P’s wardrobe was provided by Smitten Boutique in Durham.  It was certainly an incredible day with so many special people involved.

When my journey with Melanoma began two and a half years ago I never imagined that it would lead me on this amazing adventure. I have learned that good things can really come out of tough situations. I am honored to be able to use my voice and my experiences to help raise awareness and educate people about Melanoma. I have met so many incredible people along the way and I am certain that more great adventures lay ahead. Together we CAN make a difference.


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