Valerie Guild

Valerie Guild started AIM at Melanoma after the death of her daughter Charlie from melanoma at the age of 26.

In the area of patient advocacy, among its accomplishments, AIM has led the fight in the US to ban minors from indoor tanning. The AIM website ( is considered the most comprehensive information site for patients and caregivers. AIM has also created a consortium of global melanoma foundations in order to foster patient advocacy throughout the world.

In the area of research, she has founded, in conjunction with Dr. John Kirkwood, the International Melanoma Working Group (IMWG), an international think tank that brings together world-renowned translational researchers and industry in an effort to move research forward.

The Foundation is currently involved in launching a melanoma brain metastases bank and a first-of-its-kind, fully annotated primary melanoma tissue bank at four sites throughout the US and a fifth site in Europe.

She serves as the patient representative on the FDA, NCCN, SWOG,  ECOG, and AAD Guidelines Committee, as well as a patient advisor to the Skin Cancer SPORE, CDMRP, and CPRIT.

Valerie holds BA, MA, and MBA degrees.

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