Sponsor A Family

There are many ways in which you can help sponsor a family. Please take a moment to read about some of our programs below.

Beca’s Care Grant Program

2023 Giving Cycles are Now Open

Do you know a loved one or friend in need of support?

Our Beca’s Care grant program provides financial resources to families going through a devastating diagnosis of Stage III/IV metastatic Melanoma.

We offer financial assistance to help pay for such things as medical bills, transportation to and from doctor appointments, utilities, or groceries. We want you to focus on your healthcare, not your bills.

Giving cycles are open now!

Eligibility requirements:

  • The patient is actively seeking treatment; currently has cancer
  • Diagnosed with Stage III/IV metastatic melanoma
  • Resides and/or being treated in the state of Missouri (preference given to STL metropolitan and surrounding areas).
  • The patient is in need of financial support

Blackout Melanoma’s financial assistance can be used to cover expenses such as:

  • Travel to/from the hospital or doctor appointments
  • Housing or Lodging while receiving treatment
  • Utilities
  • Insurance bills or medical bills
  • Other items related to an individual’s treatment or care

Financial Giving Cycles:

2023 Giving Cycles are listed below.

Financial assistance applications will be accepted bi-annually during two separate giving cycles:

  • First giving cycle opens January 15, 2023, and closes June 9, 2023
  • Second giving cycle opens July 3, 2023, and closes December 1, 2023.

You may only apply once per giving cycle.

If you are interested in learning more or applying for our Beca’s Care Program, please email terri.kraham@blackoutmelanoma.org

If you would like to help sponsor our Beca’s Care grant program and the families it supports please click on the link below.



Meet Our Families

Through our Beca’s Care Program, Blackout Melanoma provides emotional and financial support to individuals currently diagnosed with stage III/IV metastatic melanoma. As patients and their families go through the challenges of life onset by metastatic melanoma, it’s important that we continue to provide security and hope to them.

Read Their Stories


Sponsor a Beca’s Care Family

Make a one time or re-occurring donation to our Beca’s Care program. All proceeds go directly to this program and the families that we serve.



Beca’s Care Bag

During Beca’s brave fight against metastatic Melanoma, Beca and her mom Aneta, were traveling to and from so many doctor appointments and hospital stays that they started a “Beca’s Care Bag”. They brought this care bag with them to all of her appointments.

Simple items such as lotion and lip balm to help ease Beca’s dry skin, a blanket to keep her warm during treatment, or a beanie to cover her head when she started to lose her hair, a small pillow to support her head while traveling, or perhaps a snack or a bottled water.

Aneta always tried to make the rooms she stayed in feel more like home for Beca by adding touches of home, like lamps and pictures, but it was these simple items in her Beca’s care bag that they reached for the most.

Aneta’s Vision…

It has always been Aneta’s vision to launch a care bag program in honor of her daughter and to help give others the same comfort she gave to Beca during her fight.

We are happy to announce that our Beca’s Care Bag program will be launching soon!

We will be providing and distributing care bags to patients in hospitals that are currently going through treatment for Melanoma. Helping to provide some comforting items as well as comforting words to let them know that they are not alone in their fight.

How YOU can help…

If you are interested in helping by donating items, sponsoring our bags, or making a donation to go toward this program, please contact terri.kraham@blackoutmelanoma.org  

Below is a list of items we are in need of.

Beca’s Care bags (New items only please)

  • Lip Balm (Chapstick, Burts Bees, or other natural lip balm)
  • Travel Size lotion (Curel or Aveno)
  • Knitted/Cotton beanie- unisex
  • Knitted gloves – unisex
  • Fleece travel size blanket – unisex
  • Fleece scarf – unisex
  • Hospital socks – unisex
  • Travel pillow with pillowcase
  • Travel size toothbrush and tooth paste
  • Cases of small water bottles
  • Healthy/natural/organic snacks such as granola bars
  • Gas gift cards
  • Grocery store gift cards
  • Small stuffed animals for the younger patients or children of the patients
  • Sponsors to help cover the cost of our bags

You can also sign into Amazon Smile, choose Blackout Melanoma as your charity of choice, shop for items on our wish list, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to us. It’s that simple!

Amazon Smile

Please consider signing in to Amazon Smile and choosing Blackout Melanoma as your charity of choice when shopping online. Amazon Smile will donate a portion of your purchase to Blackout Melanoma.

You can also visit the Blackout Melanoma Amazon Smile “Wish List” online to make some of the above wish list purchases.

Thank you!

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