The Clare Daly Foundation has been established in memory of our beautiful friend, daughter, sister and wife; Clare Daly (nee McNally).
Clare sadly passed away on 7th December 2015 following a short battle with melanoma. Clare was just 29.
Inspired by the bravery and dignity with which Clare faced her illness we (Clare’s family and friends) have set up the Clare Daly Foundation in Clare’s memory, to help in the fight against melanoma.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. It accounts for more deaths than all other forms of skin cancer combined. According the Cancer Research UK there were 13,497 newly diagnosed cases in 2012 and 2,148 deaths. It is currently the UK’s fastest growing form of cancer. It is becoming more and more prevalent in the UK, where it is the 6th most common cancer – with more women than men affected. It is the most common form of cancer in young adults. The most common sign of skin cancer is a new mole or change in an existing mole. If caught early enough early stage melanoma is usually treated easily, typically by removal of a mole. However, if it is not diagnosed until an advanced stage it is a very difficult cancer to effectively treat. Most current treatments for advanced melanoma slow down the spread of the cancer or reduce the symptoms, rather than providing a cure. There is a lot of work still to do to raise awareness of melanoma and develop effective treatments for advanced melanoma.
For more information on melanoma visit NHS Choices here http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Malignant-melanoma/Pages/Introduction.aspx
The Foundation has four objectives
- To raise awareness of melanoma
- To support melanoma sufferers and their families
- To support access for sufferers to drugs and treatments not available on the NHS
- To support research into treatments to improve quality of life, prolong life and hopefully, one day, find a cure for melanoma.
We are a new charity and as such our initial focus is on raising funds to support our purpose. However, we will keep all of our donors and supporters up to date with what we are doing via our website, Twitter and Facebook.
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