Stage FREE Melanoma (SFM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, based in San Diego, California. Our goal is to bring early detection, awareness and education about the dangers of Melanoma through our Mobile Dermatology Clinic - the #MolePatrol.
Shameka is an Escondido native that developed a passion for melanoma. Her passion grew more and more as she was the sole caregiver for her husband for 9 years as he fought melanoma. She has given her all to the mission of educating others about melanoma. Shameka currently resides in Menifee, California, and is now carrying on the mission that her late husband Eric Martin started with Stage Free Melanoma as the new President of Stage Free Melanoma.
Penny is a native of Lincoln City, Oregon and currently resides there. Her passion for melanoma developed when her son was diagnosed in 2011. Penny was also diagnosed in 2014 with stage 1B melanoma which is now in remission. She wants to assist in educating the masses about melanoma. Penny serves on the Stage Free Melanoma board with the primary role of Secretary.
Carla is a San Diego, Ca native and currently resides in Menifee Ca. Carla has been the Public Relations & Marketing Representative for Picasso Dental Care for 10 years. Her passion for Stage Free Melanoma comes from the amazing friendship she shared with Eric Martin. Eric opened her eyes to really being aware of how dangerous skin cancer can be and how important it is to get the younger generations to be informed as well so that families can prevent their loved ones from going through the battle that he went through with Melanoma. In Carla’s role as Public Relations Representative for Stage Free Melanoma her personal goal is to continue pushing forward Eric's mission in impacting and changing lives. #stopitbeforeitstarts
Tiffany is a Escondido, Ca native that now resides in Menifee, Ca. She graduated from the nursing program at Tennessee College of Applied Technology Nashville in 2012. Tiffany was a CNA for 16 years and as a LVN for 10 years. Some of Tiffany’s positions include travel nurse, nursing supervisor, and nursing director. Tiffany became more passionate about melanoma education, when a family member was diagnosed. Tiffany was there to support her family not only professionally but personally. Tiffany’s primary role with Stage Free Melanoma is CFO and also serves as a medical advisor to the board.
Amy is a Boise, Idaho native who is active in the Melanoma community by working with multiple Melanoma Foundations in the U.S. as a graphic and web designer to help them educate people about the dangers of Melanoma. Amy serves as the Multimedia advisor to the Board.
Graduate of Santa Clara University, Arnold wanted to do something that would have a positive impact on society after his close friend, Eric Martin, was diagnosed and struggled for some years with Melanoma. A native of San Diego, CA, Arnold now lives in Texas and works for an EV company. He leverages his 15+ years of consulting experience to Stage FREE Melanoma as a consultant on the board.
Robyn is a San Diego native and still resides in the San Diego area. After being diagnosed with melanoma over 20 years ago Robyn developed a passion to educate and assist in the education of melanoma, after spending most of her life in the sun without being educated about it herself. Robyn is one of the original board members for Stage Free. Robyn now serves as an advisor on the Stage Free Melanoma Board.
After being diagnosed with stage 3 melanoma in 2011 and an ongoing fight with stage 4, Eric felt compelled to address the lack of Melanoma education and awareness in his hometown. Over the last 9 years Eric developed deep ties in the Melanoma community and plans on leveraging this network as President of SFM. Eric believed his story, and others, should be shared to benefit others. Eric decided to pull from his network a group of people that shared the same passion to deemphasize ‘Stages’, and instead focus on service to others.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that our beloved Eric earned his angel wings early on the morning of July 30, 2020 with family at his side. Please keep our family and friends close in your heart and prayers.