Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation designates May 4th – May 10th as Shade Across America Week

Top Quote The dates of May 4th through May 10th of next year have been designated as Shade Across America Week. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 08, 2008 - Fundraising activities will take place throughout the year culminating with this week highlighting all efforts for the year. The Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation will award shade covers based on qualified applications received during the year.

    The SHADE ACROSS AMERICA Program is dedicated to supplying shade covers to schools and recreation areas throughout the United States. Mr. William H. Barth, President/CEO, states that, "The Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation is passionate in our effort to protect children from the dangers of the sun, which can lead to a diagnosis of skin cancer as early as in their teens."

    “My mission with the Shade Across America Program is to help schools in the U.S. get one or more shade structures to protect the kids from harmful UV rays,” states Barth.

    The incidence of skin cancer continues to rise in the United States. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, prevention works best when consistent, healthy habits are adopted early in life. One blistering sunburn during childhood will nearly double the lifetime risk of melanoma.

    “So we need to educate our youth and, more importantly, keep the fun and shade the sun!” states Barth. “Clearly we are seeing more and younger people with skin cancer and it is our duty as a society to lessen the risk factor for our children. My best friend died recently with lung cancer complicated by skin cancer. Although he was older and the diagnosis would have probably been the same, it is true that had he been protected in childhood from the sun it might have been different. So it is my desire to cover kids,

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