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.
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.
- Beth Moses, Founder of Melon's Gift