About Us

The Claire Marie Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting against adolescent and young adult melanoma through awareness, education and prevention. Every action we take is designed to help save lives, whether it’s through our free skin screenings or our one-of-a-kind Collegiate Ambassador program. Your generous tax deductible donation can make all the difference in keeping our programs going and saving young lives.

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Our Mission

The Claire Marie Foundation provides clarity and hope in the fight against adolescent and young adult melanoma through awareness, education and prevention.

Our Vision

“Breathe deeply. Keep moving forward. You will feel the sunshine again.” Claire shared her vision with all of us as she battled adolescent melanoma. We believe that the Claire Marie Foundation will be the leading voice for awareness of all causes of melanoma in young people. We will strive for prevention by connecting adolescents, young adults, parents and the general public with those in the medical community by creating a new narrative that will lead to solid action to reduce the number of adolescents and young adults diagnosed with melanoma.

Our Values

The Claire Marie Foundation strives to raise awareness, clarity and hope in the fight against adolescent melanoma while celebrating the joy, color and beauty of the world as Claire did every day.

Melanoma is at epic proportions – increasing 250% in the last 40 years.

Our Advisory Board

Our medical advisory board provides expert knowledge, medical insight and expertise to CMF.

Friends of CMF

We’re already making a difference, and that’s thanks in part to our amazing network of friends. Every single one of these individuals has made an important contribution to our organization.

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    Molly Sims

    We are so honored to have supermodel, actress, lifestyle expert, author and contributor to The View, Molly Sims joining…...read more

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    Inslee Haynes

    Inslee Haynes was a favorite fashion illustrator of Claire’s – she has generously donated the use of one of…...read more

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    Katie Fico

    What better way to celebrate Claire’s spirit of  joy, color and beauty than through the magic of Walt Disney…...read more

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    Maryland’s First Lady- Mrs. Yumi Hogan

    We are so honored to have Maryland’s First Lady, Mrs. Yumi Hogan as a member of our Claire Marie…...read more

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    Danielle Nicole

    Danielle Nicole was founded by Designer and Creative Director Danielle DiFerdinando while attending the Fashion Institute of Technology in…...read more

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    Stacey Vuduris

    Kristen Bell, Nancy O’Dell, InStyle magazine and HGTV love her work! Now she is our newest friend of Claire…...read more

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    Jillian Harris

    J Star of HGTV’s Love It Or List It Too, Jillian is an interior designer, international spokesperson and publisher…...read more

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    Ty Pennington

    As a home design guru and star of Extreme Makeover, Ty Pennington has helped transform the lives of thousands…...read more

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    Timothy Swiss

    Timothy Swiss is a Lighting and Sound designer in Los Angeles and maintains his strong academic focus as an…...read more

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    Frederike Hecht

    Frederike Hecht is a sought-after interior designer in Los Angeles and Maryland, where she has created dream homes for…...read more

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    Bianca Posterli

    Bianca is a New York City-based digital journalist and social media strategist specializing in fashion and lifestyle reporting. She…...read more

CMF Partners

We’re proud to partner with companies whose guidance and support helps us achieve our mission. 

The Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship in Arts & Design

Claire loved all-things fashion, beauty and design. Her dream was to become an interior designer. That creative dream lives on through the Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship for Arts and Design. The one-time $5,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior at Notre Dame Preparatory in Towson, Maryland who will pursue an academic and professional career in design arts. Recipients are chosen by our panel of esteemed judges. It’s our hope that, through this scholarship, more young women from Claire’s alma mater will be encouraged and empowered to pursue their artistic passion.

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    2017- Elizabeth Liberatore

    The third annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship for Arts and Design was awarded to Elizabeth Liberatore, a 2017 graduating…...read more

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    2016- Meredith Egan

    The second annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship for Arts and Design was awarded to Meredith Egan, a 2016 graduating…...read more

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    2015- Edina Hiser

    The first annual Claire Marie Foundation Scholarship was recently awarded to Edina Hiser, a 2015 graduating Senior of the…...read more