Need a sun safe space in your town? Adopt-A-Shade

adopt-a-shade-header-600px.jpgEach year, the AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program receives hundreds of applications from very qualified schools and community non-profits seeking shade over their outdoor areas, but there are a limited number of grants available. Now, you can help extend the reach of this important program while increasing your visibility in your local community.

The Adopt-a-Shade Program provides an opportunity for an individual or group/practice to fund a shade structure by choosing from these worthy applicants. By participating, you’ll be providing a sun-safe area for children to play, and helping to raise skin cancer awareness.

"I believed more and more that our school was an excellent candidate for the shade structure grant. But we were not picked as grant least not until this year. This grant has been a true gift to our school and we are so excited to be able to offer protection from the sun to the students in our outdoor setting. Thank you to Indiana Academy of Dermatology for helping make this happen."Deborah Roach, School PTO Beautification Chair

As an Adopt-a-Shade donor, your generosity will be recognized with a sign posted at the finished structure that includes your name or logo. You will also be recognized in Aspire magazine.

For more information on how you or your practice can adopt a shade structure and be recognized in your community, call Sandra Perez at (847) 240-1037 or email

Adopt-a-Shade donors share why they wanted to bring shade to their communities

02-Singri-Dedication.jpgWhen AAD member Prashant Singri, MD, noticed the playground at his children’s school lacked shade, he stepped in to promote sun safety for the children and the community by donating a shade structure. Dr. Singri was especially proud of the educational opportunity the shade structure affords.

“I try to give back to the community when I can, so I funded an AAD Shade Structure. With the AAD Shade Structure Grant Program, you’re not just giving a structure. You’re helping to create an educational program.”

Scott Dinehart, MD

AAD members Scott Dinehart, MD, and Ray Parker, MD, started the Arkansas Foundation for Skin Cancer in 2004. Once the foundation succeeded in its aim to raise funds and awareness, the board decided to dismantle the organization. Their unused funds were donated to the AAD’s Shade Structure Program, as a lasting legacy to raising awareness of skin cancer.

“There are numerous areas and facilities in Arkansas that would benefit from the AAD’s Shade Structure Program. We felt very strongly that the foundation’s funds needed to be spent in Arkansas, a beautiful but poor state that is often overlooked. This program seemed like the best way to utilize dollars from the foundation and honor one of the foundation’s missions: skin cancer prevention.”

californiasealion-002.jpgThe American Trail Amphitheatre at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo now has built-in sun protection, thanks to a shade structure donation from the Academy. The shade structure, which shades the 250-person seating area at the seal and sea lion exhibit, will protect children and their families each day from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays.

The Academy's incoming President Suzanne Olbricht, MD, played an instrumental role in the Academy’s donation to the National Zoo by organizing a fundraiser for the donation.

“Bringing this shade structure to life was incredibly rewarding,” said Dr. Olbricht, chair of dermatology at a hospital and clinic in Burlington, Massachusetts and associate professor of dermatology, Harvard Medical School. “It’s a wonderful example of how dedicated individuals and organizations can work together to protect families from the sun and teach healthy sun habits.”