At the age of 22, Glenna Kohl was diagnosed with stage III melanoma, a type of skin cancer, right after graduating from college. The former Cape Cod lifeguard soon found out that her love of tanning likely caused her illness.
Just three years later in 2008, Kohl died after a painful battle, and now her parents are campaigning to change laws governing tanning beds.
Kohl with her mom, Colleen. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
"No one in our family knew what melanoma was," her mother, Colleen, told 'Cosmo.' "We did a lot of crying."
Kohl went to get a biopsy only after she discovered a golf-sized lump in her groin while working out. The cancer was later traced to a mole she'd had removed years earlier, which doctors hadn't identified as melanoma.
At that stage, even though she had promised her family, "whatever I have to do to fight cancer, I'll do," the disease had already spread up into her abdomen.
(Photo Credit: Facebook)
Her parents have since started the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope, which helped get a bill passed in the state of Massachusetts that banned indoor tanning for those under 16 and requires express consent from parents for those who are 16 or 17.
"Glenna's not here to inform people of the dangers [of tanning]," her mom told 'Cosmo,' "so we're going to continue her work for her."
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