The Face of Melanoma March
28 January 2016
The beautiful young face in our Melanoma March campaign this year is that of Maddison Sale.
Maddison is only 12 years old, but knows of the far-reaching effects that melanoma can have. Maddison lost her aunt, Katie-Lee Spence, to melanoma three years ago. Katie-Lee was only 30 years old when she lost her battle with melanoma, leaving behind a husband and one-year-old daughter.
“Ever since Katie passed away, every time I step outside and expose myself to the blazing sun, I think of Katie and how I can protect myself and help educate others,” Maddison said. “I never really understood the importance of sun-safety until Katie became very ill. I try to advocate that I learnt the importance of sun safety the hard way, by losing someone I love to melanoma.”
Maddison marched in memory of her aunt in last year’s Melanoma March in Townsville, and looks forward to marching again this year.
“Katie never gave up hope, believing that a cure would be found.” Maddison will be raising money for Melanoma March this year to help support Melanoma Institute Australia find a cure.
Register at your local march and help us change the future for the thousands of Australians diagnosed with melanoma each year.
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