It is with a heavy heart that we are sending this letter to all of our faithful donors, sponsors, volunteers, family, and friends.

As you know, Blackout Melanoma is an energetic movement that was launched in the midst of pain of one beautiful, brave, determined and loving young woman named Beca. Our mission was to educate, support, and provide the much-needed resources to provide hope and to help secure a generation free of melanoma. We are happy to say that we have done just that for the past 15 years, and it has been an incredible journey.

On June 19th of 2010, we held our very first Beca’s 5K. Beca worked so hard to get Blackout Melanoma up and running, and she was there for our inaugural event with a smile of determination, a fighting spirit, and a vision. After the event, we set up our programs and hit the ground running. She would be so incredibly proud of all that we have done over the years, and next year would have been our 15th annual event.

With that being said, we have made the heart-wrenching decision to make one final donation in honor of our beautiful Beca to St Louis Children’s Hospital and a final donation to our last Beca’s Care Family. We are saying farewell and passing the torch to all of you. We ask that you continue spreading the word on the dangers of melanoma, continue to be sun safe, and help share preventative tips with those you meet along your path. We will keep Becca’s vision alive in all of us and in the words that we share with others.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done over the years to spread the word and help those fighting their own melanoma diagnosis. We could not have done any of it without ALL OF YOU!

We cannot say farewell without sharing some of the highlights from the past 15 years. Please know that our founder and President, Aneta Campos will continue to monitor her email in case you have any questions or would like to speak with her. We will also keep up our social media so that you can go through and use some of the tips, share the stories, and continue to keep Blackout Melanoma alive. It is still our dream to see a world void of melanoma.

Again, thank YOU for 15 wonderful years!

Blessings and love,

Aneta Campos
Founder and President, Blackout Melanoma
Aneta.campos@blackoutmelanoma.org

A few highlights from Blackout Melanoma over the years…
• Raised more than $500,000 dollars for the fight against Melanoma.
• Given over $150,000 through our Beca’s Care grant program to local families going through a devastating diagnosis of Stage III/IV metastatic Melanoma. Offering financial assistance to help pay for such things as medical bills, transportation to and from doctor appointments, utilities, or groceries, so they could focus on their healthcare, not their bills.
• Awarded a $50,000 research grant to Washington University School of Medicine that was utilized for Melanoma research.
• Granted $5,000 to Barnes Jewish Hospital Foundation during the COVID-19 pandemic that was used by front line workers, some of the very same doctors and nurses that cared for Beca and countless other individuals battling a devastating melanoma diagnosis.
• Provided over 100 Beca’s Care Bags to patients in local area hospitals that were going through treatment for Melanoma. Helping to provide some comfort items and comforting words to let them know that they were not alone in their fight.
• Made a final donation in the amount of $5,000 to St Louis Children’s hospital in honor of Beca to be used for those patients fighting melanoma.
• Made a final donation to our last Beca’s Care family in the amount of $2,500.

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