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Shade Structure grant recipients

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 10 schools and non-profit organizations across the country in order to protect children and wild adolescents from the sun's harmful rays.

Since its launch in 1999, the AAD's Shade Structure Program has awarded over 490 shade structure grants, which provide shade for 3.7 million individuals each day. The following list includes names of organizations that were awarded Shade Structure Grants in 2023, and the dermatologists who sponsored these efforts. Each organization listed will receive a grant of up to $8,000 to use toward the construction of a permanent shade structure.

2023 AAD Shade Structure Grant Program recipients and AAD member sponsors

Diegueno Middle School, Encinitas, CA
Sponsored by Robert Scheinberg, MD, FAAD

YMCA Camp Shady Brook, Deckers, CO
Sponsored by Michael Turner, MD, FAAD

City of Mountain Home, Mountain Home, ID
Sponsored by R. Scott Thomas, DO, FAAD

The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
Sponsored by Todd Davis, MD, FAAD

Adkins Arboretum, Ridgely, MD
Sponsored by David Smack, MD, FAAD

City of Ferndale, Ferndale, MI
Sponsored by Bobbi Edwards, MD, FAAD

New Hampshire
Ellen Lambert Murphy Memorial Community Center, Winchester, NH
Sponsored by Robert Guardiano, MD, FAAD

Saint Albert the Great School, North Royalton, OH
Sponsored by Nathaniel Cevasco, MD, FAAD

Scissortail Park Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK
Sponsored by Renee Grau, MD, FAAD

The Borough of Jenkintown, Jenkintown, PA
Sponsored by Robert Tokarek, MD, FAAD

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