We have had the privilege to donate our sun protection products to a few events hosted by The Richard David Kann Foundation. Their focus on the education of children about healthy sun habits is something we have in common. After speaking with the Executive Director, Lisa Richman, it is easy to feel the immense passion she has for advocating for melanoma awareness and education.
The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation was started in 1995 after Richard Kann died at age 44 of a late detected melanoma. Family and friends formed an organization to help the local and national community prevent and detect skin cancer early.
The Melanoma Foundation is one of the first organizations in the country that has been on the cutting edge of skin cancer preventive education and the only organization in Florida. After extensive review of health education literature, the Foundation selected the successful SunSmart curricula from Australia on which to base its many programs and adapt to local educational standards and environment. The Foundation utilizes SunSmart America™ for grades K-12.
The UV Skinz items we have donated were used in an event held this past summer called Strike Out Melanoma. You can view the Smile Box here; http://smilebox.co/1hylvOm
Our umbrella hats have also been used as educational tools during school visits to promote melanoma awareness and prevention.
The educational program reached 500 students! They “were well-behaved, bright and responsive. They knew their science regarding skin and UV Rays, and even heard words like dermatologist and some even heard the word melanoma,” Richman said. Each student received a “Strike Out Melanoma” sun safety awareness bag that included SPF 30+ sun block, lip balm, the SunSmart America silicone wrist band, funky foam “sun glasses,” Coolibar coupon, awareness information to share with friends and family about sun safety, life saving protocol, facts on tanning beds and a UV detection key chain donated by UV Skinz.