Dear Sixteen Year Old Me

David Cornfield Melanoma Fund in Toronto, Canada, has achieved viral success with “Dear 16-Year-Old Me”, a moving PSA designed to help teenagers become aware of skin cancer and how to potentially avoid it. The 5-minute film shows skin cancer survivors talking to themselves retrospectively. The video, in several languages, is linked to the DCMF website,, which was revamped for the campaign launch with tools and information about melanoma. Toronto agency Evidently explains that the campaign was based around three pillars: to provide value, making online content rich with information; to lower barriers, designing things like pre-filled tweets in order to make content uber shareable; and to be human, which meant finding a balance between gravity, poignancy and humour.

Dear Sixteen Year Old Me

Click on the image below to play the Dear Sixteen Year Old Me video in YouTube


The Dear Sixteen Year Old Me campaign was developed at Evidently, Toronto.

Music is “Generator ^ First Floor” by Freelance Whales.

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  • MH

    Gone viral? It was posted in May 2011 at the same time it actually went viral. Not exactly breaking news is it?

  • Madibaman

    I believe Stephen Fry’s letter to his 16 year old self was much better. Though it wasn’t done as an ad or involved such direct messaging, I felt it was more authentic and thus more emotional. Decent try.