December 18th is DCMF’s toughest day. It’s the day that David Cornfield passed away in 2005. This year is especially difficult as it marks the 10 year anniversary of David’s death.
The loss of David changed us forever. David was, simply put, the very best. Words cannot express how much he is missed.
It was David’s personal wish that DCMF be created to 1) spread awareness of melanoma prevention and 2) support melanoma research.
Amidst their deep grief, our founding board members, comprised of David’s family, friends and colleagues formed DCMF in 2007. These dedicated board members continue to lead DCMF today.
10 years after David’s death, thanks to the generosity of our loyal donors and sponsors, we are very proud of what we have accomplished on David’s behalf:
- Dear 16 Year Old Me, 2011: awareness video
- Melanoma Base Camp, 2012: winter sun protection event
- Blue Jays, 2013, 2014, 2015: DCMF is hosted by the Blue Jays Play Sun Smart program
- David Cornfield Melanoma Fund Award, 2015: $100,000 endowed award at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, awarded annually to a PhD student excelling in melanoma research
- #newfamilyrule, 2015: melanoma prevention video for families
- Sun Smart Kids, 2015: melanoma prevention program distributing thousands of hats, magnets and information to kindergarten children and their families in the Toronto District School Board
As we remember David this month, we take stock of what we have achieved and strengthen our resolve to help everyone protect and check their skin to reduce their risk of melanoma. We have great momentum and are driven to achieve more in David’s name. We are extremely excited about what lays ahead for DCMF in 2016 and beyond.