The Save Your Skin Foundation is a British Columbia based non-profit registered charity, founded by North Vancouver resident and melanoma survivor Kathleen Barnard. In 2003, Kathleen was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma. By the establishment of the Save Your Skin Foundation in 2006, Kathleen’s cancer had spread to her vital organs and her treatment options were limited. Fortunately, one of her sons discovered a trial treatment taking place in Alberta; this trial would save Kathleen’s life. While her cancer treatments have finished, the battle with melanoma is not over for Kathleen. Today, the Save Your Skin Foundation works with Canadian government stakeholders to change federal and provincial policy and with skin cancer medical professionals to write patient policy guidelines, while still providing melanoma patients with the one-on-one support Kathleen gave during her own treatments. The Save Your Skin Foundation seeks to eliminate melanoma on every level, from prevention to treatment.
Making awareness and education available is crucial. Since 2006, the Foundation has worked to raise awareness of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers focusing on education, prevention and the need for improved patient care.