SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (April 17, 2013) —
To encourage communities across the country to protect themselves from the sun and prevent skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) today announced the 21 recipients awarded grants through its 2013 Shade Structure Grant Program. This announcement is in advance of the National Program for Playground Safety’s “Playground Safety Week,” which promotes safe playground areas, including the importance of shade. Since its founding in 2000, the Academy program has awarded more than 285 shade structure grants to organizations across the country. These shade structures provide shade for more than half a million individuals each day.
“Skin cancer is highly preventable as we know overexposure to the sun is one of the primary causes,” said board-certified dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. “Seeking shade is a simple way to reduce your risk of skin cancer, and the Academy’s Shade Structure Grants provide children and their parents with more opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.”
More than 3.5 million skin cancers in more than 2 million people are diagnosed annually. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Incidence rates for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, have been increasing for at least 30 years. Melanoma is now the most common form of cancer for young adults 25-29 years old, and the second most common form of cancer for adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
The Academy awarded its 2013 Shade Structure Program Grants to the following organizations:
- ArtSpace Charter School, Swannanoa, N.C.
Sponsored by: Elise Rackoff, MD, FAAD
- Blue Ridge Elementary School, Blue Ridge, Ga.
Sponsored by: Carlton Faulk, MD, FAAD
- Boca Raton Christian School, Boca Raton, Fla.
Sponsored by: Michele Moraes, MD, PA, FAAD
- Butterfield Elementary, Tucson, Ariz.
Sponsored by: Elka Eisen, MD, FAAD
- Chaparral Middle School, Alamogordo, N.M.
Sponsored by: Andrew Ondo, MD, FAAD
- Coleman Elementary School, San Rafael, Calif.
Sponsored by: Kim Frederickson, MD, FAAD
- Creekside Elementary School PTA, Durham, N.C.
Sponsored by: Judith Szulecki, MD, FAAD
- CUMNS Kids, Indianapolis, Ind.
Sponsored by: John Stephens, MD, FAAD
- Glen Ellyn Park District, Glen Ellyn, Ill.
Sponsored by: Erica Rogers, MD, FAAD
- Interfaith Child Development Center, The Woodlands, Texas
Sponsored by: Holly Hazlett, MD, FAAD
- Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Washington, D.C.
Sponsored by: Marvin Chadab, MD, FAAD
- Marvin Elementary School PTO, Marvin, N.C.
Sponsored by: Marc Darst, MD, FAAD
- McBrayer Elementary School, Morehead, Ky.
Sponsored by: Mary Guiglia, MD, FAAD
- Millsap Elementary School, Millsap, Texas
Sponsored by: Elaine Miller, DO
- Mississippi Children’s Museum, Jackson, Miss.
Sponsored by: Chemene Quinn, MD, FAAD
- Newton Elementary, Newton, Texas
Sponsored by: Matthew Rowley, MD, FAAD
- Oakland Junior High School, Columbia, Mo.
Sponsored by: John DeSpain, MD, FAAD
- Rossiter Elementary School, Helena, Mont.
Sponsored by: Jeffry Goldes, MD, FAAD
- Roundup River Ranch, Gypsum, Colo.
Sponsored by: Jean Urquhart, MD, FAAD
- Sadler and Southmayd Consolidated ISD, Sadler, Texas
Sponsored by: Creed Stewart, MD, FAAD
- YMCA of Greater Rochester – Camp Cory, Penn Yan, N.Y.
Sponsored by: Pamela Leve, MD, FAAD
“The Academy is proud to recognize these organizations, which have demonstrated their commitment to sun safety,” said Dr. Elston. “Combined, these shade structures will be used by more than 9,100 individuals every day. The Academy is proud to work with these organizations to encourage the public to protect their skin when outdoors – which includes seeking shade and applying sunscreen and wearing protective clothing.”
Academy members play an integral role in the program by encouraging local organizations to apply for the grants and by writing letters of support, a requirement for consideration of applications. The program is open to non-profit organizations that serve children and teens under the age of 18 and incorporate sun safety into their activities. Grants are available for permanent shade structures over outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, eating areas and other locations. The Academy’s Shade Structure Grant Program is financially supported by the Academy and its member contributions.
Celebrating 75 years of advocating for dermatologic research and quality patient care.
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).