Remember that video that took over your Facebook feed a while back? It was called Dear 16 Year Old Me, and if you watched it all the way through, it had you in tears. Survivors of malignant melanoma, or people who had lost a loved one to the disease, gave prevention advice to their sixteen-year-old selves.
Malignant melanoma is an aggressive form of skin cancer. If caught early, it can be treated. If left undetected, the cancer spreads, and your chances of living more than five years with the disease become slim. Every year, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund, who produced the Dear 16 Year Old Me video, holds a fundraiser to support awareness and research of melanoma.
Coinciding with Melanoma Awareness Month, the event will celebrate the success of the video, which spread the message about the disease to over 5.5 million viewers and was nominated for a Webby award. The celebration will take place on Melanoma Monday, May 7th at the Liberty Grand Artifacts Room. Wear black in support of this day of recognition, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while celebrating the successful campaign.
Tickets are $125. To purchase, visit the DCMF site.
~ Haley Cullingham