COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 17, 2022) – Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas (CCP), the two-stateswide safety net organization that gets children to treatment, welcomes a new board member in Columbia, S.C., Ryan Melvin.
When Melvin’s daughter, Jasmine, was 2-years-old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of stomach cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma. His family traveled across the Carolinas to meet with different doctors at pediatric treatment centers to get Jasmine the best possible care. While on the road, the Melvin family met countless other children fighting their own battles, and their families who were experiencing similar heartaches and struggles as his own.
Jasmine lost her battle six months after her initial diagnosis. While her passing devastated Melvin and his family, it lit a passion in him for helping other families who are personally affected by pediatric cancer. “Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas is providing an incredible service to families across South and North Carolina, plus much more,” Melvin said. “I am proud to be part of an organization that helps children who are battling pediatric cancer that also helps families that need the help and resources. From personal experience, I know the struggle these families are facing and I’m excited to play a small part in providing the much needed assistance the partners at CCP offer.”
“Ryan Melvin is the perfect addition to our board,” said CCP Board Chair and medical oncology physician, Dr. Ki Young Chung. “Not only does he understand what CCP families are going through, but his passion for helping others shines brightly and he will be a true asset to helping CCP achieve its mission of providing immediate, comprehensive and continuous support to children battling cancer throughout the Carolinas.”
Melvin resides in Columbia, S.C. and works for the South Carolina Department of Commerce where he recruits new companies and works with existing ones who are looking to expand their operations in the state. Prior to joining S.C. Commerce, Melvin worked as a Sales Manager for the Columbia Metro Convention Center and the Convention and Visitors Bureau. He also worked in Business Development for the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.
He graduated from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., with a Bachelors in Integrated Marketing and Communications.
For more information on CCP, visit its website at www.childrenscancerpartners.org or contact them at 864-582-0673 or by mail to 900 South Pine Street, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302
About Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas
CCP provides immediate, comprehensive and continuous support to children battling cancer. They are referred to CCP by pediatric oncology treatment centers at diagnosis, and assisted until they reach age 21 due to frequent after-effects of treatment. CCP is a 501(C)(3) public charity that began as a local service club project in Spartanburg, S.C. in 2001 and now serves all of North and South Carolina.
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