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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