The Claire Marie Foundation was established in 2014 following the death of Claire Marie Wagonhurst, a sparkling 17 year old who lost a long battle with adolescent melanoma as a result of changes her body went through during puberty.

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May- Melanoma Month

During this National Melanoma Month of May, you will hear many calls of awareness to prevent skin cancer and melanoma. The Claire Marie Foundation joins in that mission. But when Melanoma stands as the number one cause of death in women 25 to 30 and the number two... read more

Ride With Claire

September of 2015,  Claire’s father, Rocky Wagonhurst,  embarked on a solo 630 mile bicycling trip to complete Claire’s journey to college. His trek took him from Charleston, South Carolina where Claire dreamed of starting an interior design business, onto the two... read more


Ninety percent of pediatric melanoma cases occur in patients aged 10-19.

Adolescent melanoma is not always related to sun exposure or tanning booths – it can be caused by hormonal changes in puberty.

Malignancy in girls is often found in the lower extremities, in the trunk area for boys.


Adolescent melanoma is slightly more common in girls than boys – about 55% for girls.

Claire Marie Fund

Your tax deductible donations to the Claire Marie Foundation can be made through Strong City Baltimore.

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