Shortly after being diagnosed with stage three melanoma, Melissa Breitbart-Sohn launched the Live4Life Foundation to raise funds for research and to increase awareness about melanoma – how deadly it can be and what can be done to prevent it. Her focus shifted from what had happened to her to trying to prevent anyone else from having to experience what she did. “I wanted to get my story out there and give melanoma a voice,” she says. “I was hopeful that my story could save other people’s lives — by teaching them to protect themselves from the sun, to protect their children, and to let them know hat they need to get regular body checks.” To raise funds, Melissa, a law school graduate-turned- designer, started a collection of jewelry within her company, emma&me. A percentage of the profits from the gifts that give back collection would go to melanoma research. The foundation also hosts dinners, auctions, tennis events, and other fundraising projects.