Glenda Thomson was honoured and overwhelmed when she was named the AMRF's inaugural ambassador at Melanoma March 2015 in Adelaide. The accolade is reward for her tireless efforts to raise money for research and to educate and raise awareness about the dangers of melanoma.
Glenda's son Aaron Thomson was just 27 when he died from melanoma in 2011. After Aaron was diagnosed he made a video warning people about the dangers of melanoma, and the importance of acting on its signs and pursuing diagnosis. In his last months of his life he passionately worked to spread that message, now Glenda continues his work.
Glenda said promoting the video had helped her in the healing process. Since 2012 Glenda has travelled much of SA and interstate, using the video to increase awareness about men's health. She has conducted presentations to a variety of groups including netball and football clubs, from local to SANFL, and even the Crows and Port Power Clubs.
Mining sites have also been targeted along with rotary clubs, universities, hospitals, schools, forums and various other events.
Glenda has gained a lot of satisfaction out of her presentations, particularly because quite a few melanomas have been diagnosed along the way.