President’s Update June | 2020

June|2020 Greetings to the AIM at Melanoma community, Thank you for so many thoughtful acknowledgments and heartfelt tributes for my mother. All of us at AIM, as well as my family, are touched by your words. I did not think my first letter as president of AIM at Melanoma would come as a result of her death. In fact, we … Read More

AIM’s Steps Against Melanoma Walks Go Virtual

  AIM’s Steps Against Melanoma walks have been a symbol of hope and support for our community for many years. We have walked in rain, wind, sleet, and sunshine, always with the same goal in mind: to fund lifesaving melanoma research. While much remains unknown about the COVID-19 virus, we do know that community gatherings are not recommended in many … Read More

From the Clinic to the Living Room: Conversations with Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS

Since its outset, AIM at Melanoma’s Ask an Expert program, featuring Melissa Wilson, PA-C, MPAS, has been widely used by our patient and caregiver population. Then COVID-19 hit. The virus brought so many changes so fast to the melanoma world—and the entire cancer world—that the questions Melissa was getting changed just as quickly. It was critical for Melissa to address … Read More

WIM: Emphasizing the Whole Patient and the Whole Physician

  By, Vallerie A. Malkin In August of 2017, AIM at Melanoma hosted the inaugural Women in Melanoma Initiative in Leesburg, Virginia. Twenty-five female oncologists from an array of notable institutions across the U.S. gathered for a weekend conference like none other. Organized by the late Valerie Guild and current AIM President, Samantha Guild, the conference has continued each year … Read More

Announcement of the Passing of Val Guild, Founder & President of AIM

  Dear AIM at Melanoma Community, It is with profound sadness that I send this email to announce the death of AIM at Melanoma’s Founder & President, Valerie Guild. She died May 21, 2020, of complications from cancer. It is difficult to put into words the loss for our foundation and for the melanoma research and patient communities. After she … Read More

Skin Cancer Education & Research Foundation Launches New Website

A New Resource for the Fight Against Skin Cancer The Skin Cancer Education & Research Foundation (SCERF), in collaboration with Terranova Medica, LLC, is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, This free website is dedicated to providing the general public and patients—as well as their families and caregivers—with information, resources, and social support in the fight … Read More

COVID-19 Update

Supporting the melanoma community with research, education, and advocacy is AIM’s mission, and we continue our work with even more dedication while our nation faces the COVID-19 (coronavirus) health crisis. AIM has been following local, state, and national developments and guidelines closely so that we can safely serve melanoma patients, caregivers, and families. Please read below for important updates and … Read More

How Melanoma Cured Dylan Slattery

by Vallerie A. Malkin In March of 2014, a month before his 23rd birthday, Dylan Slattery, like many other 20-somethings, found himself dogged by the question: “Why am I here?” Most young people take the frustration of not knowing the answer in stride, but Dylan felt a sense of urgency. Little did he know, three troubling events would occur in … Read More