Thursday, September 10, 2009

A Tribute to Melodie Wilson

Melodie Wilson is a former TV anchorwoman who was diagnosed with breast cancer about 15 years ago. At the time, she was frustrated that there wasn’t an organization around that would provide women support when they were going through such an ordeal. Because of that, she founded ABCD: After Breast Cancer Diagnosis. It is now 10 years old and primarily provides free one-on-one mentoring of a breast cancer survivor to a patient. Check it out at

In addition, Melodie was very involved in getting the Komen Milwaukee Race for the Cure®started. She was on the Komen Milwaukee Affiliate Board of Directors for several years. About two years ago, after a long remission, Melodie was told that her breast cancer had returned and had metastasized to her lungs (and then eventually to her brain). Melodie is also a member of both Professional Dimensions and Tempo Milwaukee. Because of the terrific impact she has made in advancing awareness of breast cancer in our community, as well as her work to provide free one-on-one support for those diagnosed with breast cancer, Professional Dimensions and Tempo Milwaukee joined to form a single team in her honor for this year’s Race. Melodie played such a significant leadership role in each of these organizations. She has been an active member of both of these women's membership organizations and often committed her talent and time to support the growth and development of each. She was on the Board of both and has been a member of both for a number of years. Professional Dimensions and Tempo Milwaukee thought that she would really like it if they came together to honor her for another passion of hers - tying womens' organizations together in her honor. She often would seek opportunities to collaborate with others and their joint team is a way to honor her desire to see both organizations work together to celebrate the leadership of women.

Melodie has been an inspiration to others to be open and confident in facing this disease. She’s been valiant in her fight and her desire to truly make an impact in our community. For years she has lead the fight in increasing awareness so that this does not happen to other women in the future. Please join us in the Komen MilwaukeeRace for the Cure and start making a difference!

There are just days left to register to participate in the Race visit to register or to make a donation to our cause! Thank you for your support!

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