About the Foundation

Andy presents check to Dr. Patrick Hwu at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Mission Statement

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is dedicated to the prevention of melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, through awareness, education and support of research to find a cure.

Our Story

Andy Caress lost his battle with melanoma in August, 2010 at the young age of 24.  In his short life, Andy accomplished so much as a college tennis player at Coastal Carolina University, an excellent student, tennis professional, role model, loving son, brother and uncle, and as a source of inspiration for many around the globe suffering from this tragic disease.

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was formed in May, 2010 by Andy Caress, originally under the name Mela-KNOW-More. It is based in Cincinnati and has volunteers all around the country.

In the early months of the organization’s formation, Andy’s friends and family rallied behind him and raised $10,000 for the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Andy was proud to present the check to Dr. Patrick Hwu, his melanoma oncologist.

During his battle, Andy realized that this disease is often misunderstood by the public as an “easy” or “lucky” cancer to get. His will was to change this misconception and the foundation is keeping that dream alive.

His mission is simple: “My goal is that melanoma will never impact any person the way it has impacted me, and I will achieve my goal by educating the world about how melanoma may be prevented and identified.”

The Andy Caress Melanoma Foundation carries this mission forward after his tragic death.  The specific goals of the foundation are consistent with Andy’s mission and include:

  1. Creating awareness about the seriousness of melanoma and that it affects all skin tones and races
  2. Educating the public about steps that can be taken to prevent melanoma
  3. Increasing opportunities for a cure for this deadly disease through work with leading melanoma and cancer research organizations
  4. “Wipe melanoma off the face of the planet” – in Andy’s words

We thank you in advance for your generous support and appreciate your commitment to making Andy’s goal a reality!

Andy's Family Presents a Check to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Andy’s Family Presents a Check to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in 2013


Contact Information and How to Help:

For questions about past or upcoming ACMF events, please contact events@andycaress.org.

For questions about donating to ACMF or to receive a copy of your gift receipt for taxes, please contact donate@andycaress.org.

Interested in getting involved? Email us at volunteer@andycaress.org.

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Adam Kwiecinski

Bob Caress, Andy’s Father
Block the Sun Run Chair

Candi Taggart Caress, Andy’s Mother

Zach Bryson

Jessica Murray and Rob Caress, Andy’s Brother

Courtney O’Neil, Andy’s Sister

Chris Underwood
Western & Southern Tennis Tournament Booth

2016 Board Members

Kelly Ackerman
Tori Amongero
Nancy Bowman
Alec Brockmeier
Jay Brockmeier
Zach Bryson
Bob Caress
Candi Taggart Caress
Rob Caress
Rosi Ferrall
Adam Kwiecinski
Melissa McCoy
Chris Moler
Jessica Murray
Judy Meyer
Jessica Murray
Courtney O’Neil
Rex Repass
Jenna Simonson
Cindy Taylor
Chris Underwood
Dan Wallace
Barb Wolf
Mark Wood