Congenital Melanocytic Naevus
I was sent a request by a friend yesterday. It was a simple request to take some photographs of her daughter who has Congenital Melanocytic Naevus, I’ll be honest I never knew that Isabelle has CMN but once I found out I wanted to help. All mam was asking was for a few photographs to support the “just giving” page so they could raise funds to help other children with CMN. I was more than happy to help, donate and share for them.
“Hi Kristy, I was hoping you could do me a favour and I really don’t mean to offend you by asking.
As you know, Isabelle was born with Congenital Melanocytic Naevus, a rare condition appearing in only 1 in 20,000 new-born babies and the complications can be fatal. It costs £100,000 a year to fund research at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Money to fund this research comes only from direct donations and fundraisers arranged by families of those affected by CMN. With the money raised so far we have recently found the cause of CMN. We now need to find the life-saving treatments to prevent any more suffering and the devastating effects it can have.
I am organising a couple of charity events and to run alongside this I am setting up a Just Giving page, and this is where my favour from you comes in!
I was hoping you would consider taking a couple of photographs of Isabelle to use on the page……..“
Isabelle came round to visit that same day, we set up an urban shoot and sat and had a chat about what it meant to mam to do this. I read the information on CMN and I was taken back, I didn’t realise how much this could affect a child’s life and in fact how it could also be fatal. The weather was good, so we went to one of my favorite locations to start our shoot.
CMN is an abbreviation of Congenital Melanocytic Naevus, a type of birthmark that may appear in newborn babies. Use the links below to find out more about the condition.
What is a CMN?