The Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust is dedicated to raising awareness of melanoma. The trust actively supports medical research and endeavors to provide better access to specialized care for the communities of the Wagga Wagga region. Amie was only 20 years old when she was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. In August 2007 she discovered a lump in her groin. She was prompt in seeking medical advice, and after an ultrasound and biopsy, was diagnosed with melanoma. There was no primary skin lesion ever found.
Over the next couple of years, this unpredictable cancer appeared again and again. Amie went through numerous operations but it had spread too quickly – the surgeons could not operate as fast as it appeared. She battled long and hard for just over three years, trying every available treatment. On 9 November 2009, just one day after her 23rd birthday, Amie lost her battle with cancer.
For many people, illness is a very private matter but Amie’s journey was well-documented in local media, and her progress followed by the Wagga Wagga community. It had always been her wish that others learn from her story and not have to face the same fate at the hands of melanoma. The Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust has been created in her honor to educate and support Riverina families with regards to melanoma prevention and education. It was also recognized during Amie’s illness that there are limited resources and support for melanoma patients in rural areas. The trust seeks to address this by providing support for other families fighting melanoma.
Our Board of Directors includes:
Mrs. Annette St Clair Mr. Peter St Clair
Dr. Richard Harrison Mrs. Mel Dean
Mr. Patrick Barrett Mr. Adrian Lindner
Mrs. Jenni Stephenson Dr. Timothy Caton
Dr. Peter Adams
A fundraising committee has been formed. This committee will assist the board of directors in achieving the Vision and Mission of the Melanoma Trust. The Trust greatly appreciates your support.
To make a difference in raising awareness of Melanoma, to actively support medical research, and to provide better access to specialized care for the communities of the Wagga Wagga region.
A non-profit organization that will work with the communities of the Wagga Wagga region, health professionals, and cancer-related charities to:
- Provide support and funding for medical research for the management of Melanoma;
- To educate the community of the signs and symptoms of Melanoma and raise awareness of the causes and important prevention strategies; and
- To provide support and assistance to sufferers and their carers including access to specialised care.