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Claire Richards, 24: Budding scientist, eternal optimist | Star Tribune

Posted by @LeeAase, Dec 30, 2014

“Hi all! This is Claire … Just wanted to let you know about a very exciting and wonderful development in the melanoma world.”

That morning in March, Claire Richards of Minneapolis was bubbling over with anticipation. Her doctor had called to say she could get a promising though still experimental new drug.

Claire knew — too well — that good news can be fleeting when living with melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.

But she wasn’t about to pass up a reason to celebrate.

“This is such fantastic, wonderful, amazing news,” she wrote on her CaringBridge site. “We are acutely aware of how lucky we are.”

Read more (and see a powerful video about Claire’s life) at


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