Dear 16 Year Old Me


Since it’s launch in 2011, our award-winning awareness video Dear 16 Year Old Me has touched millions and saved lives:


  • Winner of 2012 Webby award for Best Public Service
  • Winner of the 2012 Webby award for Best Copywriting
  • Winner of the 2012 Canadian Dermatology Association’s Public Education Award.
  • Winner of the 2015 SPCN Communications Prize by the Scottish Cancer Prevention Network
  • One of 10 finalists among 80 international submissions for the ‘Big Screen’ at the 2014 World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia


  • Over one million views on YouTube in the 1st week
  • Over 10 million views to date
  • Seventh most shared ad in the world in 2011
  • Viewed in 215 countries and translated into 3 languages
  • Featured in the media across North America including NBC’s The Today Show in May, 2014
  • Shared by celebrities including Cindy Crawford, Reba McIntyre, Lauren Conrad and Nikki Yanofsky
  • Used by many organizations to promote melanoma awareness and the importance of prevention and early detection such as Canadian Cancer Society, Canadian Dermatology Association, Mayo Clinic Health System, Union of International Cancer Control
  • Added to the grade 7-9 eBook Canadian Curriculum by Nelson Education
  • Credited for saving lives through numerous first hand testimonials

Special Thanks

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our film participants for their openness and generosity in sharing their stories with us. Dear 16 Year Old Me could not have happened without them. We have been touched and inspired by their strength, grace and sense of humor in facing this terrible disease and are so happy that they are now part of the DCMF family.

We would also like to thank Evidently for creating the video, the band Freelance Wales for lending us their song Generator First Floor and Deloitte for developing the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund brand identity.

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I’m 27 years old and I grew up in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. I work as Director of Marketing and Communications for a private high school. (more…)

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Meredith passed away on February 24, 2014 with her beloved family by her side. We were so privileged to know this special young woman who left an indelible mark on our hearts.   Meredith was truly a beautiful person – both inside and out.   Meredith will never be forgotten.  You can read our tribute to Meredith here.

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I’m one of the Founders of the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund. David was my husband. We have a special section on the site to tell you about his story – you can click here to get there.

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My name is Jeff and I’m 38 years old. I was diagnosed at 36 years old. (more…)

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I’m Heidi.  I’m 50-years-young and have lived in the Toronto area all of my life. I graduated from York University and worked for a number of years at Canada Revenue Agency.  (more…)

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I’m Courtney. I’m writing on behalf of my friend Kelle as well. I’m 27 and live in Canton, MA. I work at NSTAR Gas & Electric. (more…)

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I was born in 1972. I’ve been married to my wife, Michelle, for 11 years…but we’ve been together since we were 19 years old. We have two sons, Jack (9) and Hayden (6). I’m a real estate lawyer at Minden Gross LLP. Outside of work, I coach my boys in baseball, t-ball, soccer and hockey (6 separate teams each in 2010 and 2011). (more…)

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