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The impact of the programs and services of the American Academy of Dermatology is felt by the child with a chronic skin condition attending Camp Discovery, the man or woman teaching sun safety using free AAD resources, the kids who play outside beneath an AAD shade structure – the hundreds of thousands of people whose lives are touched by these vital initiatives. You, too, can get involved and help bring skin health to your community.


“We were so happy to be able to build a wonderful shade structure thanks to the AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program. Now our students, both this year and in the future, will have the benefit of this structure. We’re so happy that all of these students will now have shade while they use the play area.”

─ Barbara Jo Smith, skin cancer survivor and principal of Juniata Elementary School in DuBois, Pennsylvania


“I’m 12 years old, and I have attended Camp Discovery for 4 years now. It’s nice to see other kids like me, kids who know about these skin conditions. It’s so comforting to see other kids like you when you’re at Camp Discovery.”

─ Silas DeHaven, Camp Discovery camper


“My skin cancer diagnosis took me by complete surprise. In the 25-to-35 range, you just don’t think you’re going to get skin cancer. Pursuing my passion and helping others affected by skin cancer is something I care deeply about. That’s what led me to join Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™”

─ Megan Sullivan, skin cancer survivor


Be part of the inspiring efforts

Be part of the inspiring efforts and join the AAD in helping children, local communities, and members of the public in enhancing skin health. If you have suggestions for opportunities not listed below, please send us an email!

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Good Skin Knowledge

Good Skin Knowledge lesson plans

Use these free, dermatologist-approved lesson plans to teach children about common skin conditions, which can prevent misunderstanding and bullying.

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Camp Discovery

Camp Discovery

Help send a child to Camp Discovery. Camp Discovery offers children with chronic skin conditions a unique summer camp experience, complete with medical care, and it’s free for them to attend.

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Shade Structure Program

Shade Structure Program

Apply for a shade structure grant and bring shade to your community. These grants fund permanent shade structures at schools, parks, and other non-profit organizations where children learn and play.

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Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™

Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™

Join a hike in your area or donate to an upcoming hike to help raise awareness and funds for skin cancer prevention and detection initiatives in your community.

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Skin cancer awareness

Skin cancer awareness

Increase skin cancer awareness among friends and family by sharing dermatologist-approved social media resources.

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Support the AAD

Make a donation and help ensure the Academy’s programs and services continue to improve the lives of patients, educate the public, and advance the specialty.

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Share your story

Share your story

When you share the impact an AAD program has had on you, you provide inspiration for others to get involved or to see why their support matters. Let others know about the difference an AAD program made for you.

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