Melody was born and raised in Southern California. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at age six and has been a cancer warrior ever since. She was given a 50% chance of survival and was treated at City of Hope for three years until age nine. Being a survivor at a time when not many survived set Melody on a course to help newly diagnosed cancer patients. At a young age she spoke nationally for various cancer charities, helping to raise money for cancer research. Melody has continued her philanthropic endeavors into adulthood and has volunteered as a counselor for camps for children with cancer and continues to raise money for various cancer organizations. Melody is a graduate of UC Irvine, where she was awarded a scholarship as a collegiate swimmer. She graduated with a double major in Sociology and Art History. Motivated by her cancer experience to live a full life, Melody stays very active in her community as a volunteer for many non-profits, practices yoga, continues to swim and most importantly, focuses on her family.