At the Claire Marie Foundation, we take prevention of melanoma very seriously.  After all, melanoma is one of the easiest cancers to prevent and detect early.  And although we are serious in our belief that #skincare is #selfcare – that doesn’t’ mean it can’t be fun!

That’s why we are SO excited to partner with SPOTMYUV,  the world’s first clinically proven UV Detection Sticker that gives you a clear view of your sun protection!  As you run, swim, sweat and play, SPOTMYUV’s patented Dermatrue®skinmimicking technology interacts with sunscreen giving you a personalized reminder of when it is time to reapply!  How cool is that?

It’s as easy as this – after you shower in the morning, pop on the purple SPOTMYUV sticker first thing!  Pick a spot on your skin where the SPOT is sure to soak up the sun along with you!  Next, slather on the sunscreen, making sure to  cover the purple spot.  Now, here’s the cool part – watch the purple disappear!  Voila!  When the SPOT is clear – you are good to go.  When it turns purple; time to reapply more sunscreen.   One SPOT will last a full day with repeated sunscreen application.  Then go have a blast!  Swim, play, sweat!  Let your focus be on the day, not your sunscreen.

SPOTMYUV works with your favorite sunscreen and with all skin tones.  It’s latex free and hypoallergenic, perfect for the whole family!  Want to SPOT up?  Order today via this link and use our promo code CMSPOT20.  That will give you 20% off as a friend of Claire Marie! 

Here’s to a great #sunsafe summer! #livelifelikeclaire

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US Lacrosse and Claire Marie Foundation Are Teaming Up

June 13, 2019

US Lacrosse has entered a new agreement with the Claire Marie Foundation to work together in reducing the diagnosis of melanoma among adolescents and young adults within the lacrosse community.

The two organizations will focus on providing greater awareness and education about the disease, as well as prevention programs. The Claire Marie Foundation is the only non-profit in the United States to focus exclusively on the prevention of melanoma in adolescents and young adults.

Melanoma is the second most common form of cancer in young people between the ages of 10-19, and the most common cancer for people between the ages 20-30, with outdoor athletes at an increased risk for skin cancer and melanoma due to extended sun exposure.

“We are pleased to be collaborating with the Claire Marie Foundation on this important health initiative that could potentially impact so many members of the lacrosse community,” said Bruce Griffin, director of the Center for Sport Science at US Lacrosse. “We think this is an important message to help further educate lacrosse players, coaches, officials and parents about the risks of extended sun exposure and taking the necessary precautions.”

“We are thrilled to have the strength of US Lacrosse behind us in our mission to prevent the development of melanoma in adolescents and young adults. As a lacrosse family, we know well the power of the US Lacrosse community and the commitment of this organization to the health and fitness of its members,” said Marianne Banister of the Claire Marie Foundation. “By working together, we can keep young athletes safe while playing in the sun and reduce the chance that they, like our Claire, will have to give up the sport they love to treat a melanoma diagnosis they don’t deserve.”

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We are teaming up with ISDIN

In conjunction with the Co-Founder of CMF’s Medical Advisory, Dr. Eva Simmons O’Brien M.D., FAAD, we are teaming up with ISDIN;  a company which shares our passion for stopping melanoma in young people while celebrating an active full lifestyle! 

ISDIN’s unique product Eryfotona Actinica not only offers SPF50+ protection but also repairs pre-exisiting cellular damage within the skin. Of course that means fewer wrinkles (we love that!) but more importantly it reduces the risk of melanoma developing from pre-existing damaged cells. Amazing! 

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Thank You Baltimore Magazine #AwarenessSavesLives

It’s never easy to talk about, but we know by sharing Claire’s story and our family’s journey we can raise awareness of the beast that is melanoma and how it can sneak into a young person’s life. Thank you Baltimore magazine for sharing our story. #AwarenessSavesLives. Melanoma is the number two cancer in young people 8-29. Information on the 2018 dates for the Claire Marie Free Screening Program coming soon! 

Read the article here.

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Redbook Magazine is Helping CMF Raise Awareness

When we launched the Claire Marie Foundation nearly three years ago, in February of 2015, we hoped to let other’s know what we  discovered the hard way;  melanoma can develop in your child as a result of hormonal changes in puberty and early detection is the only way to truly nip it in the bud.  The challenge was to do that in a Claire-sort-of way; with color, style and joy.

You can then imagine why I was especially excited when I got a call from a writer with Redbook Magazine in November! She wanted to share Claire’s story and profile the success of the Claire Marie Foundation Free Screening Program. I happily gave her too much information and immediately sent more photos than could possibly be used, many featuring Claire’s beautiful smile. I knew that we would be part of a wonderful feature on non-profit organizations in Redbook’s February 2018 issue. I was honored and thrilled to know that we would be able to reach even more families, raise awareness of the predominance of melanoma in young people between the ages of 8 – 30 years and offer hope to many families feeling isolated and alone!

Still, when I walked into Barnes and Noble and saw the cover on the newsstand, I caught my breath. It struck me how excited Claire would be! I remembered a quiet conversation on the way home from her oncologist one afternoon when Claire first brought up the idea of sharing her story to help other kids. I smiled when I noticed not only was the magazine title in a certain shade of “Claire coral”, but that someone as stylish and vibrant as Julianne Hough was on the cover. Yup, my darling girl would have been over-the-moon! Fighting the disease, raising awareness but doing it with a certain level of Claire savior faire.  We did it Baby Girl! Just one more step in the right direction! As her friends say, #livelifelikeclaire!

Thank you Redbook Magazine for helping CMF raise awareness of the prevalence of this horrific disease in young people. Bit by bit – we are making a difference. Here’s the link to the article. Check it out and learn more about CMF and other wonderful organizations! Together, we can do so much!




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