Where skies are blue

Blue Skies

Blue Skies founder Melinda Mayton hosts week-long retreats for pediatric cancer patients and their families to WindMark Beach.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:52 AM.

No matter the overhead, there is Blue Skies in Port St. Joe.

Since 2010, Blue Skies Ministries has treated pediatric cancer patients along with their families and siblings to a weeklong trip to Port St. Joe.

In 2014 the organization, based out of Marietta, G.A., planned eight trips to Gulf County, each time staying in WindMark Beach homes and condos.

Founder of Blue Skies Melinda Mayton said that families faced with childhood cancer are often stretched emotionally, financially, physically and spiritually, oftentimes to the breaking point.

A nurse practioner of more than 13 years, Mayton switched her college major from business to nursing after her sister fell ill.

After becoming a nurse she worked with pediatric cancer patients and watched what the families went through and became determined to do something to help. Mere years later, the organization was making its first pilgrimage to Port St. Joe.

“I can’t change places with the families, but for one week, I can walk beside them,” said Mayton.



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