This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Amber Lynn Murphy who was born in California on December 09, 1982 and passed away on August 07, 2007 at the age of 24. We will remember her forever.
Amber passed away from advanced melanoma. In 2004 Amber had a suspicious mole biopsied. It turned out that the mole was melanoma. She underwent a sentinal node biopsy, of which we were told the cancer had not spread. Due to improper medical care, we found in 2006 that this was not the case. You see cancer can spread one of two ways. Through the blood stream or through the lymph nodes. Amber's spread through the blood stream for two years. By the time we found out her diagnosis it was to late. Currently, there is no cure for advanced melanoma that has matastisized to distant organs.
Amber spent most of 2006 not knowing why she was sick and it wasn't until September 11, 2006 that she found out the extent of her illness. Amber underwent many long months of chemotherapy and many hospital stays to fight the melanoma. Amber was very brave and fought until she could fight no more. Amber lost her battle with cancer on August 7, 2007 at home. Amber passed away under the care of her loving family and friends.
Amber will always be remembered for her beautiful smile and her bravery. You see, not once did Amber ever think of herself through this entire ordeal. She only thought about the loved ones she would leave behind. Amber was an inspiration to so many people and was loved by so many.
May you rest in peace Amber Lynn Murphy....
***************************************************************** Finding a cure for Melanoma
Amber was adamant that she wanted to do whatever possible to find a cure for melanoma. Amber would like donations, in lieu of flowers to melanoma research.
Did you know that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US? Every hour of everyday, someone dies of melanoma in the US. Melanoma is one of the fastest growing cancers worldwide. Melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults between 20-30 and the primary cause of cancer death in women between 25 - 30 years old. It is the 2nd cause of death (breast cancer #1) in women between 30 - 35. Presently 1 in 60 people will develop melanoma and it is estimated that by the year 2010, 1 in 50 will be diagnosed with melanoma.
Melanoma strikes people of all ages (including children), all races, all economic levels and both sexes.
Miles for Melanoma: A walk in memory of Amber Lynn Murphy The walk took place on November 3, 2007 at Garden Grove High Schools Jason Field. We had 157 registered walkers and 5 registered survivors. Last count we met our goal of $24,000. It was a beautiful day and everyone enjoyed themselves. We opened with free skin screenings and ended with a luminary ceremony. It was an amazing day in honor of an amazing person. Amber would be so proud of what was accomplished here that day. To see all the love and support for Amber, her family and close friends was truly amazing. This was a day in celebration of those who are survivors of this terrible disease and for those who lost their battle. As you can see, with only 5 registered survivors, there are not many that do survive this horrible disease.
ALM Annual Miles for Melanoma: a walk to raise awareness, took place on November 8, 2008. We had a great turnout again for our 2nd annual event. This year we did not meet our goal, but a very pleased that we made in excess of $15,000 to help fund research!! Stay tuned for more information for our 3rd annual event!! Please check our website at www.almmilesformelanoma.com. There you will be able to donate and learn more about upcoming events. Thank you all for your support!!
If you would like to donate to melanoma here is the link for UCI Medical Center, which is where Amber received her treatment. They have a melanoma center and are currently working hard to find a cure.
Miss you Amber / Evelyn Murphy (mama)
Dearest Amber, I cannot believe it has been a year since I last saw your beautiful face. Seams like forever, yet feels like yesterday. I miss you so much. Not a minute goes by that I do not think of you. I often find myself go...
Thank you Amber / Joey Landeis (Friend)
Amber, you were an inspiration to everyone who knew you. Despite being very sick, you stayed strong and tried to tough it out. Now, whenever I feel like giving up on something, I think of you and your beautiful smile and I keep trying.&nb...
TO AN ANGELS FAMILY&FRIENDS / Lolita
i didn't know amber but i want to say that i am sorry for your loss. i lost my mom to lung cancer.she was diagnosed 5 months before she passed away.it was a shock to my 3 sisters and i because she was our crutch.we never thought we would lose her so ...
MILES FOR MELANOMA / Evelyn Murphy (mom)
Hey Amber, well just writing to tell you how much you are missed and loved by so many. Saturday, November 3rd was proclaimed Amber Murphy and Miles for Melanoma day in Garden Grove, by the Mayor. We had a huge turn out and we raised alot ...
To the friends and family of amber / Crystal Neer
I want to send my love to the close friends and family of Amber. May God be with you at this time of sadness, and forever. She is now under God's care and in a wonderful place. Rest in peace Amber Murphy.
Amber was my sister, but most of all she was my friend. The one I could talk to and tell anything to andd she would listen and give advice. I will miss our shopping sprees and the way she would want me to dress a certain way, but I would dress the total opposite!
I was always happy to be with her and I would tell everyone "yeah, that's my sister", because I was so proud of her. I will never forget all the times when I had somewhere important to go or something to do, she would alway do my hair and makeup and help find the best outfit.
The holidays wont be the same without her, especially Christmas when she would sleep over. I will especially miss her little "robot" dance moves.
Amber is the stongest girl I know because she fought and fought that cancer and was in pain almost everyday, but she always had on her "beautiful" smile, whether she was happy or sad.
I will cherish all of our memories in my heart for eternity and will never forget my sis. I just wish I had more time left to enjoy my sister. I will miss you always!!!