Patients & Caregivers
2020 Virtual Pediatric Melanoma Summit
Due to ongoing restrictions related to COVID-19, the Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) is excited to host the 2020 Pediatric Melanoma Summit for young melanoma patients and their families virtually this year. The summit will provide educational and support resources for this growing population. Attendance is FREE but registration is requested. Please note that although registration is still open, the deadline to register to receive a “Virtual Summit Kit” has passed.
We have a number of sessions lined up for the summit including a live Q&A session with doctors, kid’s activities, a teen Zoom chat and more! Check out the calendar below to see some of the live events we will be hosting. Zoom meeting information will be sent out each morning of the event and please check your spam folder in case the email lands there. The “Virtual Summit Kit” will also include materials needed for the glow in the dark activities, the Crowns Against Cancer activity and the glow in the dark bingo. Follow this link here for our Virtual Pediatric Melanoma Summit Welcome Packet!
During this week we will be releasing pre-recorded content, along with some live sessions, that you can view at your convenience. Below is a table that explains what day they will be released along with speakers and topics. Buttons will be red ahead of time, and then turn teal when the resources are available.
Pre-Recorded Live Sessions
Blogs from Pediatric Warriors and their Families
Throughout our Pediatric Melanoma Awarness Month, we have had a few of our pediatric melanoma warriors and their families share their stories of living with this rare cancer. Click on their photos to learn more about their experiences and stories.
Support & Financial Resources
- Camp Quality USA: Overnight and week-long camps for young patients (some locations host siblings).
- Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation
- National Children’s Cancer Society
- SuperSibs!: A melanoma diagnosis can be difficult for everyone, but siblings of patients are put in a very difficult situation. They can feel scared, overwhelmed, alone and unimportant. Here are some resources from SuperSibs!, now powered through Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, for siblings who are 4-7 years, 8-12 years and teens, as well as a place for siblings to share their stories.
- Imaginary Friend Society: A cancer diagnosis is scary for anyone, but for a child it can be even scarier. That’s where the Imaginary Friend Society comes in. A cast of characters inspired by the imaginations of kids themselves. Through a series of 20 animated short films, our imaginary friends explain a wide range of complicated cancer topics in a way that kids can understand.
- Still Strong Foundation: Offers financial grants to different hospitals across the U.S.
The needs of the adolescent and young adult (AYA) population are different from those of the pediatric and adult melanoma patient population.