Our Accomplishments

CGMF was established in January 2004, in the wake of the death of Charlie Guild of melanoma at the age of 26. In that short period of time much has been accomplished; all without staff or funding. Among our accomplishments are the following:

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  1. Indoor tanning legislation under consideration in New York, Connecticut, Washington, California, Maryland, Massachusetts and Minnesota.
  2. Legislation mandating K-12 sun safety education, and/or similar education for outdoor workers passed or pending in New York, Texas, California, Florida, Washington, Utah, Connecticut, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Massachusetts.
  3. Initial work to create a melanoma tissue bank with the participation of the United States Military, UCSF, Huntsman Cancer Institute and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.
  4. Creation of the International Melanoma Working Group, the first international melanoma transational conference, to be held in Germany (November 2006).
  5. Initial steps to create a computer-based training seminar geared to pediatricians/pediatric residents in the area of childhood skin cancer prevention.
  6. Interviews in local and national media including Good Morning America, FOX News, NPR, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and KCBS-TV.
  7. Creation of a medical advisory board headed by Dr. John Kirkwood (Hillman Cancer Center) and including Dr. Mark Ernstoff (Norris Cotton Cancer Center; Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center), Dr. Susan Swetter (Stanford), Dr. Mohammed Kashani-Sabat (UCSF) and Dr. Martin Weinstock (Brown University).
  8. Representing the melanoma community in the American Cancer Society's "One Voice Against Cancer".