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”One Pawprint at a Time”


About Melon's Gift


Melon’s Gift, Inc. was formed in memory of my beloved canine companion, “Melon.”  This benevolent “special need” dog touched the lives of everyone with whom she came into contact.   A true gentle giant, Melon taught us about tolerance and kindness.  The annual community fund-raising event “The Fun Dog Show” was started because of her.  Melon was an inspiration for many great things to come.  Our organization is dedicated to serving our community by raising money and awareness for the cancer cause.  We have expanded our efforts into other areas; all the while recognizing the need to “make a difference” in our community.

 

 

History



I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 35 years old. It was not only a jolt to me, but a shock to everyone who knew me. I was young, healthy and at the pinnacle of life and my career. The fear of dying was overwhelming. Initially it was almost too much to handle, but I quickly discovered inner resolve and strength. Between family and friends and an incredible community, I turned a devastating situation into one of hope and faith.

Time marched on and I finished my treatment.  I was determined to give back to the community who supported me.  I was involved with the American Cancer Society through many Relay for Life events and volunteered for the breast cancer cause to my greatest ability.


As my 50th birthday was approaching, I wanted a new challenge.  I signed on to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-day walk.  For this I needed to not only train to walk a daunting 60 miles in 3 days, but I needed to raise an enormous amount of money to do so!  Thus, the origin of our first “Fun Dog Show”.  Our event took place in a local park and we hosted close to 40 dogs.  I raised the money to register for the walk, but more importantly I recognized the love and support of my community.  The following year I walked again, but now I had a team.  The Fun Dog Show raised enough money to pay for my team members and we outgrew the park.  To my surprise and joy, our little personal fund raising event exploded into an annual community event. 

 

After I lost my beloved Melon, I incorporated my non-profit organization in her memory.  It has been beautiful to focus our efforts in other worthy directions, most notably the “Howard Canfield Cancer Fund for Men”.  Our Fun Dog Show now supports the very fund we spearheaded in response to a need in our community.  It is our pleasure and honor to continue to give back.
 

It is a privilege to be able to hold other community events to help local organizations.  We boast our support to our friends at the Monroe Animal League, The American Cancer Society, and the Stroud Area Regional Police Department Project K9.  We are proud of the money we have raised for the Johns Hopkins Brain Tumor Cancer Fund and the Susan G. Komen For the Cure. Our newly trademarked “Kan-dou” initiative is slowly reaching higher ground.
 
 
As a group we try to support all of the local animal rescues and our local animal shelter in their respective missions to save and find “furever” homes for the many abandoned and displaced pets in our community.  We strive to work with everyone on our mutual goal.
 
Our small and mighty organization is staffed by a group of extremely dedicated volunteers.  From our Board of Directors to our committee members to all of the amazing individuals who help at events, we are truly admired for our cohesiveness and determination.  I feel blessed to call all of these incredible people “friends”.  We hold the same ideals and goals, and work together for the common goal of “making a difference”.

In closing, I want to say that the Demon returned in 2014, but I wasn’t about to let it stop my determination.  Conversely, I was doubly determined to continue my mission.  It is because of the support and love around me that I am here.  I will continue my crusade to make a difference for as long as I am able.

- Beth Moses, Founder of Melon's Gift

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