Friends of Mel Foundation

Friends of Mel Foundation

What We're Doing

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Thank you to all of our wonderful friends and supporters who made the Friends of Mel Foundation's inaugural event, THE ART OF LIVING - Life Beyond Cancer a huge success! We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and walked away with great information!
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Thank you everyone for the feedback we've received:

"It was uplifting and consistently inspiring.  The participants that were part of our group felt very supported, informed, and grateful."
"Today was incredible.  I wish this day for every cancer patient as well as survivor." 

"I felt enveloped with love and community - It was truly inspiring and hopeful - thank you!"

"Well-organized, appropriate vendors, good breakout sessions.  Meets a need for those of us who are on the cancer journey."

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first descents

First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors (ages 18 to 39) a free week-long outdoor adventure experience designed to enable them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

A portion of the proceeds from each bracelet order for the month of July will go to First Descents.  Support them by ordering your bracelet this month!
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We form partnerships with non-profits that provide quality cancer care for the whole patient through research, education and immediate support.

We welcome our
newest partners:

Yavapai Regional
Medical Center
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Prescott Valley, AZ
(928) 442-8647

New Mexico
Cancer Center

Albuquerque, NM
(505) 828-3789


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Cancer Garden of Hope

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Choose Friends of Mel as the non-profit you wish to support, and the foundation will receive a portion of the proceeds! All donors receive a special Certificate of Appreciation.
Magic 106.7's
Exceptional Women Awards
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Friends of Mel Executive Director Pauline Alighieri and Patti LaBelle wearing Mel’s Bracelet at Magic 106.7’s Exceptional Women Awards!

EXCEPTIONAL WOMEN has put nearly 400 women in the spotlight. Some of them make headlines, others make things happen quietly.
In the spotlight: a woman who received their Community Service Award: Pauline Alighieri, the founder of Friends of Mel.

Don't miss her conversation with Candy O'Terry about the inspiration for Friends of Mel. 
Click Here to listen.