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15 March 2017

American Academy of Dermatology awards 26 Shade Structure grants to protect America's youth

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (March 15, 2017) — Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The American Academy of Dermatology has awarded shade structure grants to 26 schools and non-profit organizations across the country in order to protect children and adolescents from the sun’s harmful rays.

Since its launch in 2000, the AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program has awarded 350 shade structure grants, which provide shade for more than 600,000 individuals each day.

“Skin cancer is highly preventable as we know overexposure to the sun is one of the primary causes and seeking shade is a simple way to reduce your risk of skin cancer,” said board-certified dermatologist Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, president of the AAD. “The AAD is proud to recognize these organizations and their commitment to providing more opportunities for young people to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.”

To reduce the risk of skin cancer, the AAD recommends seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when outdoors.

The AAD awarded its 2017 AAD Shade Structure grants to these organizations in the following states:

Alabama

  • Douglas Elementary School, Douglas, Alabama
    Sponsored by Joshua B. Wharton, MD, FAAD

Arizona

  • Donaldson Elementary PTO, Tucson, Arizona
    Sponsored by Alan J. Levin, MD, FAAD

California

  • Imperial Elementary School, Anaheim, California
    Sponsored by Cheryl L. Effron, MD, FAAD
  • Self-Help Enterprises Affordable Housing Community of Village de Guadalupe, Orosi, California
    Sponsored by Joy T. Torakawa, MD, FAAD
  • Shasta Family YMCA, Redding, California
    Sponsored by Elizabeth Gardner Stratte, MD, FAAD

Colorado

  • Fountain International Magnet School, Pueblo, Colorado
    Sponsored by Krystal J. Holderness-Nakamura, MD, FAAD

Florida

  • Achievement and Rehabilitation Centers, Inc., Sunrise, Florida
    Sponsored by Jerome R. Obed, DO, FAAD
  • Branches, Inc. – Florida City Campus, Florida City, Florida
    Sponsored by Judith E. Crowell, MD, FAAD
  • Galileo School for Gifted Learning, Sanford, Florida
    Sponsored by Jeffrey G. Moskowitz, MD, FAAD
  • Imagine South Lake Charter School, Clermont, Florida
    Sponsored by Joseph A. Shirer, MD, FAAD
  • Palencia Elementary School, Saint Augustine, Florida
    Sponsored by Christina Brennan, MD, FAAD

Georgia

  • Vaugh Elementary School, Powder Springs, Georgia
    Sponsored by Jared Samuel Friedman, MD, FAAD

Massachusetts

  • J. Turner Hood Elementary, North Reading, Massachusetts
    Sponsored by Charles R. Taylor, MD, FAAD

New York

  • Bnos Leah Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York
    Sponsored by Sara Leah Tarsis, MD, FAAD
  • The Friends of the Salamanca Youth Center, Inc., Salamanca, New York
    Sponsored by Michael Nazareth, MD, PhD, FAAD

North Carolina

  • ABC of NC, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
    Sponsored by John G. Albertini, MD, FAAD
  • Eden Family YMCA, Eden, North Carolina
    Sponsored by Stuart Tafeen, MD, FAAD
  • The Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, Raleigh, North Carolina
    Sponsored by Margaret Brown Boyse, MD, FAAD

Oklahoma

  • Tishomingo Development Team, Tishomingo, Oklahoma
    Sponsored by Michael G. McCauley, MD, FAAD

South Carolina

  • Chapin Intermediate School, Chapin, South Carolina
    Sponsored by Allison L. Cashman, MD, FAAD
  • Cross Schools, Bluffton, South Carolina
    Sponsored by Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAAD
  • River Ridge Academy, Bluffton, South Carolina
    Sponsored by Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAAD

Texas

  • Faith Family Academy Charter Schools, Waxahachie, Texas
    Sponsored by Andrew Paul Word, MD, FAAD
  • Newton Rayzor Elementary, Denton, Texas
    Sponsored by Cynthia R. Harrington, MD, FAAD
  • Reagan Elementary School, Cedar Park, Texas
    Sponsored by Shwol-Huo Kiang, DO, FAAD
  • South Knoll Elementary PTO, College Station, Texas
    Sponsored by Rachel Ruth L. Moore, MD, FAAD

AAD member dermatologists 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 have incorporated a sun safety program into their activities for at least one year. 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.

For organizations interested in offering a sun safety program, the AAD has developed a curriculum for 8- to 13-year-olds to promote healthy self-esteem through education about skin, hair, and nails. The Good Skin Knowledge lesson plans and accompanying activities include sun safety education, which qualifies for the sun safety awareness program when in place for a year prior to application for a shade structure grant.

The AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program is financially supported by the AAD and its members’ contributions. This program is part of the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 18,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD 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, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org. Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), or YouTube (Academy of Dermatology).

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