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Our mission is to increase awareness for melanoma prevention, provide information and services on skin cancer detection, and support melanoma patients through education of the latest treatments.
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Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation collaborates to present “Skin Cancer Awareness” Seminars Series

In recognition of National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, NYU and Mollie’s Fund collaborate on three seminars in three locations to present “Skin Cancer Awareness”. 

April 1 – NYU Langone, Farkas Auditorium, 550 First Avenue, New York, New York, 11 am – 1 pm.

This lecture will focus on risk factors, how to spot changing moles on your body, and prevention strategies.  The latest updates in melanoma surgery and treatment options will also be discussed.  A survivor will share a personal story.  Scheduled presenters are:  Jennifer Stein, MD, PhD, Erica Friedman, MD, and Anna Pavlick, DO,MBA and Co-Director of the NYU Melanoma Program.  A light lunch will be served.  Reserve online at or call 1-833-263-2266.

April 15 – NYU Winthrop Research and Academic Center, 101 Mineola Boulevard, Mineola, NY

This evening lecture 5-7 pm will be presented by Dr. Megan Winner.  To register contact Maria Marquez at 516-663-3696.

TBD – NYC Health and Hospitals/Woodhull, 760 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY.  For registration and more information please call 718-963-5771.

Everything You Need to Know About Your Skin Exam Brochure

Melanoma prevention is our priority. Click here to download the brochure.


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Ocular Melanoma – Detection to Diagnosis Brochure

Ocular melanoma is the most common primary cancer of the eye in adults. Click here to download the brochure.


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Historical Society to Honor Mollie’s Fund & Family

You won’t find better folks in this town than Maggie and Jack Biggane! You’d be equally hard pressed to find a Garden City resident that doesn’t know or know of this terrific family. Maggie, Jack, Julie, John and Cara turned the tragic loss of their beloved daughter and sister, Mollie, into an amazingly effective program which, it can legitimately be said, has saved hundreds of lives.

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Historical Society to Honor Mollie’s Fund & Family

Mollie Biggane Foundation Partners with Hospital

By wpeditor | on November 29, 2018

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The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation has joined forces with ELIH to provide patients with skin cancer assessment and education. Nurses examine the skin of all patients as they enter the hospital and, historically, assessing the skin for bed sores. Now ELIH nurses will also evaluate the skin of all patients for skin lesions and cancers and educate them on skin cancer and protective behaviors. Patient Electronic Medical Records forms were recently updated to reflect this change. This initiative was facilitated by Victoria Siegel, EdD, RN, CNS, a Mollie’s Fund advisory board member, and leader in the nursing community on skin cancer prevention and education, and Theresa Glass, RN, MS, CCRN, director of Clinical Services and Staff Development at ELIH.

This initiative is momentous because more people are diagnosed with skin cancer in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. It is estimated one in five will develop skin cancer. Melanoma, the most serious skin cancer, claims one person every hour. Mollie’s Fund successfully implemented this program in 2017 at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

For 113 years, Eastern Long Island Hospital has provided essential healthcare to the North Fork and Shelter Island. When part of Stony Brook Medicine, they will continue to strive to combine advanced technology with compassionate caring and personal attention for all residents of the North Fork and Shelter Island.

Mollie’s Fund Provides Free Sunscreen Dispensers

Mollie’s Fund will provide Garden City park residents with free sunscreen dispensers. Eight
local parks will feature free sunscreen that will make these recreational areas a healthier place
to play and enjoy!

Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation Wins Titanium Award for Skin Cancer PSA: “Mr. Sun”

More than 800 industry leaders attended the annual MM&M Awards at Wall Street’s Cipriani Restaurant on Oct. 19th. These winners represent the best in creativity, effectiveness, healthcare marketing, communications and media. Mollie’s Fund’s “Mr. Sun”, created by Area 23, captured the prestigious Titanium Award for Best in Show. Reaves West, this year’s Chair of Judges, gave the film high praise for how it’s “changed the discussion around a disease.” The PSA had 2 million video views and 1.2 million media impressions.


In this chilling film, presented by the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation and supported by the Miracle Foundation, a heartrending story about the dangers of sunbathing at a young age is played out in reverse over the soundtrack of the classic kids’ song “Mr. Sun.”

The film opens with a young woman on her deathbed then moves backwards as she endures chemo-therapy, receives the grim diagnosis, first notices the mole on her arm and lastly, as a young girl sunbathes unprotected in a bikini.

Parents were the target audience for this audacious reminder about the effects of careless sunning. It was created by Area 23, an FCB Health Network Company, whose Creative Team is led by Tim Hawkey. “Mr. Sun” was astutely directed by Kasra Farahani of LA’s Chromista.

The story gains relevance by ending with an innocent young girl instead of a cancer patient. Jack and Maggie Biggane, parents of Mollie who succumbed to melanoma at the young age of 20, hope it will lead parents to pause and consider the devastating effects that can result from careless habits.

No stranger to industry awards, Mollie’s Fund and Area 23 also collaborated last year on “Free Killer Tan”, capturing a Gold Effie for disease awareness and Silver for youth marketing – in the teens and young adults category. This video targeted young adults in a persuasive viral social media campaign that attracted millions. Their other collaboration, the 2017 Cannes Lions award winning print campaign ad, “Melanoma Monster”, continues to shock pedestrians as they encounter the life-sized monster lurking under a mole. Through their imaginative, often disruptive public service announcements, Mollie’s Fund continues to rattle the public, educating them that skin cancer is both preventable and a matter of life or death.

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Tanning Bed Tax Repeal Alert

As discussions about repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act progress, there is a move in Congress to repeal a 10% tax on the use of tanning beds. All of us in the melanoma community believe this tax is a valuable tool in the effort to reduce tanning bed use.

We are advocates for melanoma prevention and education. Evidence supports these statistics:
• 1 in 5 will be diagnosed with skin cancer, with melanoma the deadliest form
• 80-90% of melanomas are caused by UV damage caused by the sun or tanning beds
• The World Health Organization includes tanning devices in its Group 1 list of agents that are cancer-causing to humans. Group 1 also includes plutonium and cigarettes.
• Just one indoor tanning session increases the risk of melanoma by 20%
• Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women 25-30.

Please help us by contacting your representative to voice your objection to repealing this tax. Here are some resources that may help you form a response:

One Congressman’s argument against the tanning bed tax:

Directories–House of Representatives and Senate:


Jack and Maggie Biggane
Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation

Mollie’s Fund Wins Effies

We are proud to announce that Mollie’s fund has won two 2016 Effie awards – one Gold and one Silver for our very successful “Killer Tan” PSA. Jack and Maggie Biggane were in attendance to receive the awards.


Molloy College Nursing Program Skype Call

Molloy College, Nursing Program Skype Call to the nursing students and their faculty members of Dundlak College. This call was arranged through Molloy Professor Siegel as an introduction to her nursing students to their Irish peers which they will visit in May. During this phone call, Maggie Biggane shared Mollie’s story and Karen McGuire, RN, a melanoma survivor discussed her surgery. Differences and similarities in skin cancer between the two countries were examined. Tanning salons and other behaviors were briefly discussed in preparation for a more meaning exchange in May.

Skin Cancer PSA in NYC Taxis

Washington DC taxis aired our skin cancer prevention psa from February 21st through February 27th. 14,000 views a day!!!

FDA proposes tanning bed age restrictions and other important safety measures

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced important proposed steps ‎to protect public health by preventing the use of sunlamp products (also commonly known as indoor tanning beds) by minors and reducing the risk of using these devices for adults. The FDA is committed to protecting public health by informing consumers of the risks of indoor tanning…

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Mollie’s Fund Wins 2 Global Awards

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The Global Awards, for the World ‘ s Best Healthcare & Wellness Advertising announced the 2015 award winners today at ceremonies taking place at New York Academy of Sciences in New York City and at the X Studio Sydney Australia .

Agencies from the United States were center stage and led the pack with 11 Global Awards. Global Award winning agencies include: Area 23 with 3 Global Awards, 2 for “Killer Tan” for Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation (Mollie’s Fund) and 1 Global Award for “The State of Diabetes -Posters” for the diatribe Foundation . …

About the Global Awards: Now in their 21st year , The Global Awards are dedicated to excellence in healthcare and wellness communications on an internat ional basis. The Global Awards receives entries from healthcare corporations , hospitals,
advertising agencies, production companies , and design studios that produce communication for medical, pharmaceutical , healthcare & wellness related products and services …

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Dangers of Tanning Beds PSA in NYC Taxi Cabs

Our PSA is aired in all NYC cabs this week. Cara Biggane encouraged New Yorkers and visitors to avoid tanning beds during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.

Meeting with Moving for Melanoma, DE

Jack and Maggie Biggane met in Newark, NJ  with Anna Marie Farro (Moving for Melanoma, Delaware) and Neil Springer (Peggy Springer Melanoma Foundation, Cherry Hill, NJ) to discuss possible collaborations.

Article 177 Adopted

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Board of Health unanimously voted to adopt Article 177, “Tanning Facilities”.  The department will assume regulatory authority over indoor tanning facilities operating in New York City from the State Department of Health.  Given that INDOOR TANNERS RAISE THEIR OVERALL RISK OF MELANOMA BY 74%,  this initiative holds tremendous promise for reducing skin cancer statistics in New York City and the surrounding areas.

Mollie’s Fund Endorses New Tanning Bed Guidelines

Mollie’s fund is endorsing new guidelines suggested by Bloomberg and the Health Dept. about regulations for tanning beds.


Official Statement:

As founders of the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation (, we applaud the City DOHMH for its proposal to strengthen regulations on indoor tanning salons. Given that INDOOR TANNERS RAISE THEIR OVEREALL RISK OF MELANOMA BY 74%, this initiative holds tremendous promise for reducing skin cancer statistics in New York City and the surrounding area. We are offering our support in making the public aware that the high doses of UV radiation emitted from a tanning bed are carcinogenic. Mollie’s Fund would like to unite with the DOHMH in a posted warning alerting the user of the health risks associated with tanning bed use. Through this important initiative, our youth will be educated about skin cancer prevention.

We established Mollie’s Fund in 2000 after the tragic death of our twenty year old daughter from melanoma. Since then, it has been our mission to educate the public about skin cancer and melanoma prevention, and we are committed to alerting the public that tanned skin is not healthy. Statistics comparing tanning bed use with melanoma are staggering, and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Academy of Dermatology, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all agree that tanning beds should be classified as a category 1 carcinogen. With melanoma on the rise as the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old and the second most common form of cancer for young people 15-29 years old, it is crucial to spread the message to city residents that there is no such thing as a safe tan.

Memorial Day – Labor Day on 1010 WINS

“Summer Rush Hour Commute” listeners on Friday afternoons and evenings will be encouraged to remember the importance of sun protection.

Summer Yankees Partnership

Our Public Service Announcements during weekend games when the sun is shining and outdoor activities are on most minds, fans during EVERY Yankee home game will be reminded of the dangers of melanoma and the importance of protecting themselves and their children. WCBS880 weekly Yankee listener base is 2 million fans. Their 44 station, 12 state network affiliates reach another 3 million, who will be educated about the importance of sun protection through our ads. This reach will also extend to Sirius XM Satellite Radio and “At Bat” the most highly grossing Apple application.

Mollie’s Fund Featured in “Vanity Fair” and “Fortune”

“Vanity Fair”‘s February Agenda Page features Mollie’s Fund and February “Fortune” readers are treated to our foundation’s full-page ad.

Jack & Maggie Biggane on Katz’s Corner

Jack & Maggie Biggane were recently joined on WABCs Katz’s Corner by Margaret Callahan from Memorial Sloan Kettering to talk about Melanoma. Click here to listen to the show.

We did it! Mollie’s Fund was Awarded $10,000 from Chase Community Giving

Big thanks to all of you who voted for us and helped spread the word about last Fall 2012’s Chase Community Giving program. The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation was awarded a $10,000 grant to help with furthering our mission. We couldn’t have done it without you! Click here to read the award letter from JPMorgan Chase.

Twelfth Annual Golf Outing a Great Success

On Monday, September 24th, over 300 supporters of the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation gathered at Garden City Country Club for their Twelfth Annual Golf Outing, Dinner and Auctions. Thirty foursomes enjoyed perfect golf conditions, in a Texas scramble format. Dinner guests mingled with golfers outdoors during the cocktail hour and golf awards presentations. Garden City High School volunteers under the direction of Mrs. Nancy Fleming supported Mollie’s Fund by selling raffle tickets for more than one hundred prizes.

Dinner guests viewed “Highlights 2012” , a film illustrating the accomplishments of the foundation during the past year. Jack Biggane welcomed guests and introduced the speakers. Margaret Callahan, MD, PhD, an oncology fellow at Memorial Sloan Kettering spoke of the excitement in the research community about the newly approved drugs for late stage melanoma. Meghan Westgarth, daughter of Bill Cowher, former Pittsburgh Steeler coach, shared her mother’s heartbreaking struggle with the disease. The live auction followed with George Pappas, assisted by Phil Honerkamp raising significant funds for the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation to continue their work of skin cancer and melanoma awareness and prevention. For more information, visit


Reverend Peter Garry, Bill Garry, Jack Biggane, Kevin Fee and George Ollendike
John Hogan, George Pappas, Phil Honerkamp and Jim Hoolahan
Silent Auction
Debi Hussey and Rose Ollendike
Kaye Negri, Barbara Dehler, Jean Vanasco, Julie Biggane, Cara Biggane and Sue Sievers
Julie and Cara Biggane
Mike Spieler, Mike Volpe and Matt Garry
GC HS Volunteers:  Claudia Holub, Kevin Patalano, Erin Hollis, Andrew Morra, Nicole Storz, Caroline Ferrie and Kevin Burke

Launching a New War on Cancer – CNN

“Moon Shots Program” will accelerate research focusing on five types of cancer.

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GC Middle School Sun Safety Assembly Rocks!

On Thursday, May 24th, the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation presented their annual sun safety program to the Garden City Middle School 6th graders. Click here for more of the story.

Mercy Nurses Learn About Skin Cancer From Mollie’s Fund

The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation sponsored “Lunch and Learn” an educational seminar for nurses and nursing students of Mercy Medical Center on June 12th. Click here for more details of the event.

May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month

This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.

There are more than one million skin cancers diagnosed each year in the U.S. That’s more than all other cancers combined. Each hour one person dies from melanoma. Melanoma is the most common form of cancer in young adults 25-29 and, the second most common for young people 15-29. Between 1992 and 2004, melanoma incidence increased 45%. One or more blistering sunburns in childhood or adolescence more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. Indoor UV (ultraviolet) tanners are 74% more likely to develop melanoma than those who have never tanned indoors. So, remember to see your dermatologist for a complete body check. Remind your family and friends to do the same. Skin cancer is preventable AND, melanoma if caught early can be cured!


During this month, we will begin our extensive public awareness campaign which will feature:

· Public Service Ads in New York City taxis

· Posters in NYC subways

· Long Island Rail Road car PSA’s

· Full page print ads in: “In Style”, “Elle”, “Cooking Light”, and “O”

· Yankee radio initiative, alerting fans about the necessity of sun protection

· Major TV network public service advertisements


Free Skin Cancer Screenings in the NYC Metro Area in May

May 1st

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack UMC, 92 Second St., Hackensack, NJ, first come, first served

May 3rd

NYU Langone Medical Center, 1:30-5:00, Charles C. Harris & Cancer Pavilion, First Ave. & 31st St. Call 212-263-2627 for more info

May 4th

Rite Aid, 1300 Willow Avenue, Hoboken, NJ (Road to Healthy Skin Tour)

May 5th

Stony Brook Dermatology, East Setauket, NY, Julie Bouziotis 631-444-4272 need app’t

Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care, 9:00-2:00, Jen Matos 718-920-2680 Walk-ins welcomed

Good Samaritan Hospital, West Islip, NY, 9:00-12:00, Walk-ins welcomed

Stony Brook University Hospital, call 631-444-4000, Health Connect to schedule

May 7th

Franklin Hospital, Valley Stream, NY  Audrey Tullo 516-256-6397, need app’t

May 8th

Columbia University Medical Center, Herbert Irving Pavilion, 161 Fort Washington Ave., 12th Fl

And 16 East 60th Street, 3rd Floor, 2:00-5:30

May 9th

Lincoln Center, 62nd Street (Broadway & Columbus), NYC , 11:00-4:00 (Road to Healthy Skin)

West 86, an Atria Residence, 333 West 86th Street, NY, NY 10024, 1:00-4:00pm

May 11th

Weill Cornell Medical Center, 1:00-4:30 York Avenue, 9th Floor

May 12th

Huntington Hospital, Huntington, NY, 8:30-11:30, Gail Probst 631-351-2568, need an app’t

Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, 1 World’s Fair Drive, Suite 2400, Somerset, NJ – Free, but call to register:  732-235-5782

May 16th

Glen Cove Hospital, Glen Cove, NY, contact Chris Reynolds, RN 516-674-7833 for app’t

May 17th

Memorial Sloan Kettering, NYC, call Dr. Kishwer Nehal for app’t

Memorial Sloan Kettering, Hauppauge, 800 Veterans Memorial Highway, 2nd Floor, 9:30-3:00 – Call 631-863-5100 for appointment

John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack Hospital UMC, 92 Second Street, Hackensack partnering with the Promise Foundation, first come, first served

June 25th

92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10128, 2:30-6:00pm. Screening conducted in FPA.

July 21st

Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793, 8:00am-4:00pm

Introducing the FREE Mollie’s Fund App for Android!

Mollie’s Fund Launches Android Version of FREE App for Skin Cancer Awareness

Garden City, New York – The Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, has announced the launch of an Android OS version of their informational skin cancer app which was previously launched for iOS (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad). The new Android version can be downloaded free from the Android Market.

Mollie’s Fund, with the assistance of MCS Advertising and Arc Design Studio, created this interactive guide to provide users with facts about the evolution of skin cancer and melanoma. The application illustrates a self-exam, exhibits mole changes and reinforces behaviors to protect against skin cancer. The program emphasizes the necessity of a professional dermatology examination and includes a monthly skin check log to keep track of monthly examinations.

Current estimates state over 130 million Android users will be able to receive this valuable health resource in addition to over 200 million iOS users.

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. One person each hour dies from melanoma. Melanoma can be cured—if diagnosed and treated early. This initiative supports the mission of Mollie’s Fund of creating programs for education and prevention of skin cancer and melanoma.

For more information about the Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation, visit,

California Bans Commercial Tanning Bed Use for Minors

October 9th, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill officially making it a law banning the use of commercial tanning beds for those under 18 years old. This will go into effect January 1, 2012. California is the FIRST state in the nation to ban minors from the lethally dangerous ultraviolet-emitting radiation from tanning beds.

New Drugs Significantly Increase Metastatic Melanoma Survival Rates

Three new drugs can significantly increase survival rates in patients with metastatic melanoma.

Yervoy (ipilimumab) is a novel type of cancer drug that works by unleashing the body’s own immune system to fight a tumor.

Vermurafenib targets the V600E mutation in a gene called BRAF, which is involved in cell growth. One study showed this oral medication decreased the risk of death by 63%.

On August 17th, Zelboraf, won approval from the FDA for melanoma patients with tumors with a genetic mutation known as BRAF V600E. It was approved with a test that can determine if a patient’s cancer has the mutation. The mutation produces a version of a protein that is normally involved in regulating cell growth. The protein is mutated in about half of patients with advanced melanoma.

These three important advances in the treatment of melanoma could lead to a combination approach.

Anna C. Pavlick, DO gave a talk at the 2011 Annual Mollie Biggane Melanoma Foundation Golf Outing about the recent advancements of new life saving drugs (Yervoy-Ipilimumab and Zelbraf-Vemurafenib) that can significantly increase survival rates in patients with metastatic melanoma.

Dr. Anna Pavlick at 2011 Golf Outing Dinner

New Drugs (Yervoy-Ipilimumab and Zelbraf-Vemurafenib)

Anna C. Pavlick, DO
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Oncology) and the Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology

Brazil is the First Country to Ban Tanning Salons

Brazil is the first country to ban tanning salons, as well as buying or selling tanning equipment. This law was a result of the World Health Organization classifying tanning beds as a Level 1 Carcinogen, the same as plutonium and cigarettes. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the FDA and the American Academy of Pediatrics have all included tanning beds in their list of dangerous carcinogens. So far, 30 U.S. states have some restrictions.

New Requirements for Over-the-Counter Sunscreen Sales

On June 14, 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced new requirements for sunscreen currently sold over the counter. For the first time since 1999, the FDA has proposed new rules which would include: standards for UVA testing and labeling: rules that would cap SPF numbers at 50 plus; and ban terms in advertising – “waterproof” and “sunblock”. Sunscreen packaging must also include a warning that sunscreen is a part of a comprehensive plan of sun protection that also includes limiting sun exposure, wearing protective clothing and reapplying sunscreen every two hours.


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