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Marianne Banister creates melanoma-education foundation to honor her late daughter

Marianne Banister creates melanoma-education foundation to honor her late daughter

The mole was there for as long as she and her family could remember — on the bony part of her ankle, usually covered with a sock, so she rarely thought about it. Then one day the mole started to change. It began to look dusty and gray and Claire Wagonhurst's pediatrician suggested she have it removed and checked for cancer. A biopsy revealed the worst possible outcome: malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. After a three-year battle, the 17-year-old — who played lacrosse and field hockey and who loved fashion — died from the disease in October, just after the beginning of her senior year at Notre Dame Preparatory School. Now her family,...

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