Dear 16-year-old Me

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This film was made possible thanks to the generosity of real Canadians and Americans whose lives have been touched by melanoma. These are not actors. We cannot thank this group enough for sharing their stories with us.

We’d also like to thank Freelance Whales, the New York-based group who’ve lent their song, Generator ^ First Floor, to our film. They’re incredibly talented – we thank them for their support and encourage you to find out more about them at http://freelancewhales.com.

Over the past year, we’ve received messages from all around the world from people whose lives have been touched by this film. Thank you so much for reaching out to us, we’re humbled by the support you’ve shown. We’ve also been flattered to see a number of other films “inspired by” Dear 16-year-old Me: this is fantastic! We would ask that, in the spirit of mutual support, filmmakers who’ve taken inspiration from this work acknowledge as much by providing a credit and a link back.

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Comments

25 Comments

  1. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Very sad and inspirational. Though it makes me glad that I favour my skin to be a pale tone, as well as my girlfriend’s. I shall be checking very often and I will consider all the places.

  2. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    More the 50 moles on body mean greater chance getting skin cancer,* get mirror and starts counting,wipes head * I’m ok I only have 7 and work out side in all weathers Upto 7 hours a day for 17 years…this video makes people worry which is a good thing as cancer is the biggest killer in the world.

  3. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    The guy at 0:09 kinda looks like Brad Pitt.

  4. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    the only reason i wanted to be a little tan, was because my aunt made fun of how white my legs were 🙁 lol

  5. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    luckily i rarely leave my house..okay we both know i dont – at all

  6. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Ok Thank You and Good Luck I hope everything goes ok <3

  7. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I guess there is no certain way to “know” without being checked by a doctor, but I have heard a few things….if you have moles that are irregular in shape, change colors-like get very dark or black, if they grow in size-all of this should be warning signs. I’m sure there are more but I just wanted to help with what I knew about it. It’s not worth it!! I hope my 15 y/o niece pays attention-she loves to tan! I’m jealous of that beautiful skin, but it’s not worth my life

  8. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Amazing video ! btw. I’m 16 and I’m sending this video to my friends right now

  9. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    There are 3 different kinds of skin cancer Melanoma being the worst. If you don’t catch it early it can be deadly. My cells when I get biopsied are Melanoma cells. I found both. Now u was very lucky the first time I caught it very quickly. I hope this surgery prices the same. But, having multitude bouts of Severe ATypical cells is not good. It is what it is. It’s in God’s hands. I fear not death. I don’t want to leave my 5 children behind.

  10. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    meligment? thats not a very friendly word

  11. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    its cancer its a real thing

  12. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    how do you know if it is melanoma though??<3

  13. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    4 short weeks after a full body check I have it again. Now in the middle of my back. Surgery in a week. If I don’t find one it can go to far. The first place is your closest lymphnode. Then if still undetected they’re right it attacks your organs. Kids teen agers young adults. Take the time go to dermatology and have full body checks. Never go in the sun without sunscreen. I remember 2 severe burns. Dont be in fear. God Bless

  14. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Dragon Happy Birthday and take this seriously. Tadamon100. You are a very sick individual. I am one of these ppl. I have surgery again next week. Now my 5 kids know about this and I learned the Grandfather I never met died at 54 from this. I am turning 49. Get a life you are really sick. This is a fair skinned disease. I am 100% Italian. Few of us get it. I have had surgery just before Christmas on the bottom of my foot. They got all the severe ATypical cells in my punch biopsy. Four short wee

  15. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Its my 16th birthday today!!

  16. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I think I’m gonna think twice about sunscreen now..

  17. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Great to know people underage drank at 16

  18. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    It’s nice to know that people care about things like this

  19. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I was crying at their stories, then the guy said, “ok, we both know you don’t floss” and I started cracking up xD

  20. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    why 16?

  21. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    It could be you

  22. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    dear 16 year old me actually u must be a dumbshit to say under the sun for hours 😀

  23. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    This video is so powerful. Please nag your friends and family to use sunblock, check their skin, and see a dermatologist regularly!

  24. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    PLEASE SHARE THIS!! I DID

  25. Anonymous says:
    Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    Thanks to this PSA, I just decided I want my graduate school research/fieldwork to be on skin cancer screening and other preventative behaviors. Thank you.


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