Hello Colleen,

You won’t recognize my name or know who I am, but I can say I am a 26 year old female from Ontario, Canada that was truly touched by your daughters story. I’m not sure why I feel compelled to send this email to you, but ever since reading the story published in Cosmopolitan that surfaced this morning on a website I was searching I can’t seem to let it go. I imagine it has a lot to do with our similarities, as a 26 year old adult, who has spent many Summers lifeguarding, foolish days suntanning working on that perfect ‘glow’ and has always been health conscious I find the similarities uncanny. Not to mention, I too had a mole removed as a young teenager that was determined to be benign. I suppose to date, I’ve really been lucky. I have also been guilty of using tanning beds (although I have tried best not to make it a habit) in preparation of those ‘important’ events like a vacation, prom, etc. and can solemnly swear that after reading your daughters story I will NEVER step in one again. I have forwarded this story onto friends and family in hope of spreading the word. Your daughters story has left a footprint on my heart that I’m sure will never be erased.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,