When Save Your Skin Founder Kathy Barnard was diagnosed with Metastatic Malignant Melanoma in 2003, the first thing she did was look to the internet for anything that would inspire optimism for her prognosis; hopeful news, survivors, or treatment options. She didn’t find much.
The I’m Living Proof initiative is a program intended to provide a wealth of information, resources, and support to those touched by the disease, while also connecting you to a community of survivors who have shared their stories. This initiative is borne from Kathy’s desire to ensure that those diagnosed with melanoma know that surviving melanoma is possible –“I’m Living Proof”.
You may be wondering why we use stars on our map of survivors? We do this to inspire everyone already diagnosed, and those who will be diagnosed, to reach for the stars because there is hope for survival. Those of us surviving melanoma today are living proof of that. We also hold stars close to our heart as we remember those we’ve loved and lost to melanoma. These individuals are our stars in the sky, which is why Save Your Skin donates an actual star to the family of every melanoma patient we lose with a connection to the foundation.