A true believer that you cannot blame your circumstances if you don’t try to change them, and armed with a strong commitment Melodie set out to find a way to make support available to everyone. Her public persona also afforded her the unique opportunity to reach people – and anyone who knew her knows she could “never waste an open microphone.” So speak she did, engage she did, and a group of resilient, brilliant, brave, compassionate women who believed in the “power of one-to-one” came together and organized ABCD.
Now women, men, families and friends taking the breast cancer journey have an avenue of support through professionally trained and supported survivors and co-survivors that is FREE, personal and personalized, and connected to the communities it benefits.
Melodie was 49 when she launched ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis and only 59 when she lost her battle with breast cancer. She believed with all her heart that no one should go through breast cancer alone, and her ten years of dedication, grace, and everlasting spirit have given immeasurable encouragement and support. Every time someone gains a moment of comfort or smiles with their Mentor, there is no doubt that is Melodie’s impact and her legacy.