Some people may call Melinda Mayton a sharp entrepreneur. Industry professionals may say she is a problem solver. Her beneficiaries probably think she is simply an angel from heaven. We think Ms. Mayton is a combination of all of the above – a compassionate, intelligent and driven woman who brings emotional support and healing to families of sick children through her non-profit Blue Skies Ministries.
Mayton began her career as a nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) caring for children with cancer. As a nurse she became intimately aware of the trials and turmoil experienced by families with sick children.
“Having a sick child is an emotional ordeal and traumatic for the entire family,” said Mayton. “Treatment can take years. By the end of treatment families are often a complete mess,” she added.
Observing her patients and their families had a profound impact on Mayton. She felt called to act, but didn’t know what to do. She says her faith led her to “dive in” and follow her vision.
In 2010, Mayton, along with a group of dedicated men and women, founded Blue Skies Ministries, a non-profit that offers weeklong beach retreats to “lift families above the clouds of childhood cancer.” Blue Sky Ministries’ mission is to bring the hope of Christ to families living through pediatric cancer.
The all expense paid retreats bring families close together in an environment where sick children can laugh and play, siblings can feel cherished and have uninterrupted quality family time and parents can heal and find support from others.
“Our retreats truly make a difference in the lives of our families,” said Mayton.
Blue Skies Ministries operates ten mission trips and hosts 120 families from all over the United States every year. The organization has six part time staff members and dozens of volunteers.
Mayton says she is excited to grow her organization at IgniteHQ.
“I’m looking forward to getting help from IgniteHQ’s mentors. The environment here is exactly what I was looking for,” said Mayton.
For more information on Blue Skies Ministries visit: https://www.blueskiesministries.org.