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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Claire Marie Dance Challenge

Because at the Claire Marie Foundation we believe in honoring Claire’s sassy, fun and joyous spirit while raising awareness of adolescent melanoma, we were thrilled when Claire’s friends created and launched the Claire Marie Dance Challenge in honor of what would have... read more

2nd Annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship Awarded

The second annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship for Arts and Design was recently awarded to Meredith Egan, a 2016 graduating Senior of the Notre Dame Preparatory School in Towson, Maryland. Meredith will be attending Rollins College, in Winter Park, Florida to... 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.

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