David Cornfield's son and widow, Sari Cornfield
David Cornfield's son and widow, Sari Cornfield

David Cornfield’s son and widow, Sari Cornfield

To start off Melanoma Awareness month in May, the David Cornfield Melanoma Fund held their annual event on May 1st, 2013. This year it was at the Six Degrees Event Centre in midtown Toronto. It was a cozier, more intimate space than last year’s event at Liberty Grand – a welcome, refreshing change of scenery.

Guests wore black, the colour of Melanoma Awareness month, and enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeurves, and fine food stations catered by Encore Catering and mystical entertainment with a magician. There was also caricature drawings, henna tattoos and a silent auction.

We watched a heartfelt video and heard a tear-jerking speech from David Cornfield’s widow, Sari Cornfield. At only 29 years old, David was diagnosed with the common and serious skin cancer called melanoma. He fought an incredible battle with the disease including removing a brain tumour and also making partner at a top accounting firm. He died at the young age of 32. Read the full, touching story of David here.

The evening featured a cheque awarded to the The Princess Margaret Hospital for $15,000.

The DCMF presenting a cheque for $15,000 to the Princess Margaret Hospital

The DCMF presenting a cheque for $15,000 to the Princess Margaret Hospital

David's son getting a henna tattoo

David’s son getting a henna tattoo

Magic tricks

Magic tricks

Check out the touching and award-winning viral video that is still a classic: “Dear 16-year-old Me”. The video now has over 6 million views.

Wishing all the best success to the DCMF in their continued efforts to spread awareness of the dangers of melanoma.

The David Cornfield Melanoma Fund was established in 2007 and is devoted to saving lives from melanoma by promoting awareness of this potentially deadly disease. We were thrilled to officially launch the Fund and its new logo at our Friends and Family Event on June 16th 2008.

Melanoma is a common and serious skin cancer which, if not treated early, is usually fatal. The good news is that the risk of melanoma can be significantly decreased by reducing exposure to UV radiation, and that the prognosis for melanoma patients can be improved by early detection. The bad news is that despite increasing public awareness of the dangers of UV radiation, many people still do not understand the seriousness of the damage caused by exposure to UV radiation, particularly damage caused during early years. Further, not enough people are aware of the early signs of melanoma, or the importance of self detection. As a result, melanoma is often ignored until it’s too late. However, we believe that through David’s story, we can bring change.

  1. Promote awareness of melanoma and the importance of prevention and early self-detection
  2. Provide funding and support for education and research into the causes, controls, and cure of melanoma and melanoma related disease
  3. Support melanoma patients and their families during their battle with melanoma by providing access to information and other resources

For more information or to make a donation to the DCMF please visit dcmf.ca

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