The Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Memorial Fund is a non-profit organization that was founded to honor the life and memory of Elizabeth R. Petty Smith, the co-owner of Sun and Shade Garden Center in Lookout Valley (Chattanooga, TN) for 30 years. It is a component fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (www.cfgc.org) which services more than 300 community funds in the greater Chattanooga, Tennessee area. The Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Memorial Fund (“Elizabeth Melanoma Fund”) is a public charity and is qualified as an IRS 501 (c) (3) charitable organization. As such, all donations to the Elizabeth Melanoma Fund are tax-deductible as contributions to a charitable organization.
Elizabeth R. Smith passed away after a short battle with melanoma cancer on May 10, 2009. Elizabeth had a special passion, love and gift of growing flowers and taking care of plants and always enjoyed providing her customers with advice for planting and maintaining the beauty of their flowers and plants.
The Elizabeth Melanoma Fund will support the prevention of melanoma cancer primarily through research, the education of teens, parents, educators and the public regarding the risk factors for melanoma and will support and provide resources for medical research to assist with finding a cure for melanoma cancer that affects thousands of people each year.
The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be almost 77,000 new cases of melanoma cancer diagnosed in the United States in 2013, and estimates are that melanoma cancer will be responsible for approximately 9,480 deaths in the United States alone in 2013 (about 6,280 men and 3,200 women). Finding a cure for melanoma cancer would also be beneficial to other researchers’ efforts to find a cure for other forms of cancer that result in thousands more deaths each year in the United States and around the world.