Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation Launches search for Volunteer State and City Shade Across America Program Directors

Top Quote The Skin Cancer Awareness Foundation has launched a nationwide search for volunteers to become involved with their “Shade Across America” program. They are looking for volunteer state directors and city coordinators to create a network of crusaders for shade to help and protect our children from the harmful UV rays and potentially save lives. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) July 10, 2008 - 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, when it really counts,” he adds.

    “Parents, teachers and communities need to work together to help educate and sun protect our kids. It is our responsibility to protect our kids from danger, and so it is my objective, to have shade covers over every playground and sports park in America. With this program and the help of USA SHADE & Fabric Structures we will be able to cover our kids during the most important times of their lives, which is childhood,” concluded Barth.

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