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Save Your Skin Foundation is a Canadian 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 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, 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. Save Your Skin Foundation seeks to eliminate melanoma on every level, from prevention to treatment.


  • To provide resources, including emotional and financial assistance, to those battling non-melanoma skin cancers, melanoma, and ocular melanoma
  • To promote education and awareness of skin cancer
  • To raise funds to further research treatment options
  • To facilitate work in immuno-oncology and other precision medicine
  • To engage in public and private industry health policy and systemic treatment access issues
  • To represent the voice of skin cancer patients

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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.

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