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Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.
Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.

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ESPN Sportscaster Holly Rowe is teaming with the Melanoma Research Foundation to spread awareness for skin cancer. She was diagnosed with a rare form of melanoma called Desmoplastic Melanoma and is still currently fighting it off. Rowe is not being deterred by her diagnosis however, instead using the knowledge she has gained to educate the public as often as she can. Her teaming with MRF has led her to become Mistress of Ceremonies at their 2017 Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala. Rowe says volunteering helps her feel she is giving back in a situation that you would otherwise feel you have no control over. We are excited to see her fighting spirit and wish her the absolute best with her treatment.

For More Information Visit : http://melanomafoundation.com/safe-in-the-sun/

#rdkmelanomafoundation #rdk #rdkmelanoma #melanoma #hollyrowe #espn #melanomaresearchfoundation #mrf #wingsofhope #cure

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Florida will finally be joining the list of states that allows students to use sunscreen at school. For years sunscreen has been viewed as an over the counter drug similar to Advil and Aspirin by the FDA. Because of this categorization and the concern that some students could potentially have allergic reactions to the sunscreen, schools have required a doctor’s note on file with the nurse’s office before use.

Continue Reading at : http://melanomafoundation.com/sunscreen-in-florida-schools/

#RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #RDKMelanomaFoundation #RDK #SunSmart #SunSmartAmerica #SunSaftey #SunSafe #RAY #Melanoma #sunscreen #schools #Florida #SunscreenInSchools #SunSmartNation #EducationBill #Education

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Analysis has confirmed that melanoma and Parkinson’s disease have a two way link. For years it has been noted that melanoma and Parkinson’s seem to have a connection but it has never been explained. It is most often assumed that the link lies in a commonly used drug to treat Parkinson’s called Levodopa although that has never been proven. Levodopa has been known to cause rashes but not necessarily any photosensitivity of the skin.

Read more at : http://melanomafoundation.com/parkinsons-and-melanoma-relationship/

#RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #RDKMelanomaFoundation #RDK #SunSmart #SunSmartAmerica #SunSaftey #SunSafe #RAY #Melanoma #ParkinsonsDisease #Parkinsons #MayoClinic #RochesterEpidemiologyProject #Levodopa #MedicalNewsToday

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#SunSmartSummer2017 Photo Contest

Summer is here!

We at RDK want to make sure you are staying Sun Smart while you enjoy your fun in the sun.

Here’s How - It’s Easy!

1) Take a photo of yourself, family, and/or friends being Sun Smart.
2) Post the photo to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #SunSmartSummer2017
3) Winners will receive a $25. Fandango movie theater Gift Card!

Starting July 9th, we will choose ONE photo every Sunday for the month of July as the winner.

Acceptable Entries:
WILL
- Be Family Friendly
- Be Creative
- Promote Sun Smart behavior (examples can be found on our website under About Us)

WILL NOT
- Include any profanity
- Include anything illegal, sexually explicit, violent, or derogatory of any ethnic, racial, gender, religious, or age.

#SunSmartSummer2017 #RDK #StudentsAgainstMelanoma #EarlyDetection #SkinCancerEducation #SkinCancerPrevention #MelanomaAwareness #SkinCancerPreventiveEducation #RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #SaveLives #RDKSAM #Melanoma #VictimsToMelanoma #SkinCancer #LoveTheSkinYoureIn

More at: http://melanomafoundation.com/sunsmartsummer2017-photo-contest/
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Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
Strives to Strike Out Melanoma With New Sunscreen Dispensers
West Palm Beach, FL & Philadelphia, PA

Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of the Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation traveled to Philadelphia to join Mayor James Kenney, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, Dr. Anthony Colletta, Executive Vice President and President of Facilitated Health Networks at Independence Blue Cross, and David Buck, Phillies Senior Vice President at City Hall on May 25, to formally unveil new sunscreen dispensers that will be placed in some of Philadelphia’s sunniest spots.

On May 25, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney welcomed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, Dr. Anthony Colletta, Executive Vice President & President of Facilitated Health Networks at Independence Blue Cross, and David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President, to City Hall to formally unveil a new initiative with The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation in an effort to make Philadelphia a Sun Smart America City with new sunscreen dispensers that will be placed in some of Philadelphia’s sunniest spots – including Citizens Bank Park. Photo credit: Miles Kennedy

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and most cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

Baseball Hall of Famer, and part-time resident of Jupiter, Florida, Mike Schmidt, who has been candid about his personal battle with melanoma and is a huge advocate for the cause and a key member of the RDK Melanoma Foundation project team said at the unveiling, “I was honored to have Mayor Kenney partner with me and The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation to make Philadelphia a SunSmart America City.”

“This initiative speaks to our mission of prevention and early detection of skin cancer through education and modifying behaviors,” said Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of RDK Melanoma Foundation.

“We accomplish this through our K-12 Sun Smart America curriculum and by getting out into communities to create awareness of skin cancer, especially melanoma. Our newest initiative, the RAY Project, involves making sunscreen dispensers accessible in order to protect residents and visitors from sun exposure.”

“Mike had a vision of making his city the first Sun Smart America City and inspiring Philadelphians to be sun smart,” said Ostrau. “We plan on taking this program to other cities all across the United States as we spread the message of sun safety and help save lives!”

The City of Philadelphia has placed four sunscreen dispensers as the pilot program with additional dispensers to be placed in parks and public areas. The sun screen dispensers, which were manufactured by BrightGuard, are being provided through the support of Independence Blue Cross. An additional 12 dispensers are located throughout Citizens Bank Park, giving fans access to sunscreen for every ballpark event, including all home games, concerts and more.

To further support the initiative, the Phillies hosted Melanoma Awareness Day on Sunday, May 28, at Citizens Bank Park during the afternoon game against the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to the debut of the new dispensers, the day featured a special ceremonial pitch by Schmidt. Schmidt also stars in the new Melanoma Awareness public service announcement, which was played for the first time that day on the Phillies giant videoboard, in which he talks candidly about his own melanoma occurrence as well as importance of wearing sunscreen and staying safe in the sun. Click here to view the PSA. To further support the cause, the Phillies Charities, Inc. 50/50 drawing on May 28 benefitted the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation.

“In baseball, it’s hard to escape the sun – which is why this is such an important cause to us,” said David Buck, Phillies Senior Vice President. “Thanks to the new sunscreen dispensers at Citizens Bank Park, our fans will find it even easier to be sun safe and sun smart. We are proud to join forces with Independence Blue Cross, the City of Philadelphia and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation to help make a difference.”

Read More at: Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
http://melanomafoundation.com/phillies/

#StacyOstrau #Philadelphia #MayorJamesKenney #MikeSchmidt #DrAnthonyColletta #DavidBuck #Phillies #RDKRAY #EarlyDetection #SkinCancerEducation #SkinCancerPrevention #MelanomaAwareness #SkinCancerPreventiveEducation #RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #SaveLives #Melanoma #VictimsToMelanoma #SkinCancer #LoveTheSkinYoureIn
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Brendan D. Curti, M.D., from the Earle A. Chiles Research Institute of Providence Cancer Center in Portland, Oregon presented findings from his study at the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting that suggests the introduction of a virus to an antibody may be able to assist an existing immunotherapy treatment.

Continue Reading at : http://melanomafoundation.com/introduction-of-a-virus-to-assist-in-fighting-melanoma/


#RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #RDKMelanomaFoundation #RDK #SunSmart #SunSmartAmerica #SunSaftey #SunSafe #RAY #Melanoma #AACR #Virus #Immunotherapy #EarleAChilesResearchInstitute

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Are You Applying Sunscreen The Right Way?

Applying sunscreen may seem easy and straight forward, however it is easy to miss key areas of our bodies. According to a consumer Reports article by Sally Wadyka "No matter how diligent you are with your sun protection, little lapses can leave certain spots vulnerable to sun damage and even skin cancer." She points out that the scalp, ears, eyelids, lips, hands, back of neck, back and feet are the most commonly overlooked areas of the body.

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation helps promote sun safety education, prevention and early detection of skin cancer. We educate the community through our SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum which provides school-based learning on sun safety and skin cancer. Please take a few minutes to review the article for potential life saving tips about sunscreen application.

#StudentsAgainstMelanoma #EarlyDetection #SkinCancerEducation #SkinCancerPrevention #MelanomaAwareness #SkinCancerPreventiveEducation #RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #SaveLives #RDKSAM #Melanoma #VictimsToMelanoma #SkinCancer #LoveTheSkinYoureIn

http://melanomafoundation.com/are-you-applying-sunscreen-the-right-way/

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Researchers at the University of Missouri have found a way to more easily and accurately identify non-uniform melanoma cells.

The altered microscope they use can find cancerous spots, even those that do not have the strong discoloration we are used to associating with melanoma. The ability of this microscope may also be able to help doctors track melanomas that are metastasizing.

Continue Reading at : http://melanomafoundation.com/new-techniques-to-identify-melanoma-from-university-of-missouri/

#RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #RDKMelanomaFoundation #RDK #SunSmart #SunSmartAmerica #SunSaftey #SunSafe #RAY #Melanoma #UniversityofMissouri #Newswise #microscope #health

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Health and Harmony: Boca Raton family works with county parks to assure SafeSun fun.

Nathan and Fran Nachlas, of Boca Raton, with the SafeSun sunscreen dispenser they installed at South Inlet Park. Nathan, a reconstructive surgeon who operates on people’s faces after melanoma removal, and Fran, a nurse, founded SafeSun, a not-for-profit venture, with their four children five years ago.
-Tim Stepien/The Coastal Star

By Lona O’Connor

It’s one of those ideas so simple, so obvious, so vital, that it’s a wonder somebody didn’t think of it sooner: Put free sunscreen dispensers in local parks, making it easy for people to protect themselves from sun damage and skin cancers.

The sunscreen dispensers are the result of a partnership among the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation in West Palm Beach and SafeSun, a nonprofit organization founded by a Boca Raton family.

For all of them, it’s personal.

“We would really like to get them in more parks, playgrounds and soccer fields,” said Fran Nachlas, a surgical nurse who founded SafeSun with her husband, Nathan, a reconstructive surgeon. “There should be sunscreen for the kids. There’s no reason not to.”

The couple’s four children all played at parks and sports fields.

Read more at: http://melanomafoundation.com/health-and-harmony-boca-raton-family-works-with-county-parks-to-assure-safesun-fun/

#RDKRAY #EarlyDetection #SkinCancerEducation #SkinCancerPrevention #MelanomaAwareness #SkinCancerPreventiveEducation #RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #SaveLives #Melanoma #VictimsToMelanoma #SkinCancer #LoveTheSkinYoureIn

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Two Students from Jupiter Community High School Win Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Ray Band Award to purchase & distribute Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
"RAY™" Sunscreen Dispensers

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL- (May 16, 2017) Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation is proud to announce that two students, Jordan Borenstein and Seth Rodgers, from Jupiter Community High School won The Ray Band award for their pitch of installing sunscreen dispensers called "RAY™" (in partnership with RDK Melanoma Foundation), in Palm Beach County parks, and later in public schools, to empower peers and members of the community to make critical sun-safe choices for healthy living. This prestigious award was given recently at the second annual Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank event in Jupiter.

“The Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank is an invaluable experience for these future stakeholders,” said Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation. “We are so proud of Jordan and Seth for their commitment to educate our community on sun smart behaviors to help prevent skin cancer, especially Melanoma. Seeing their excitement for the execution of this project is so inspiring and something we can all support.”

Nine highly innovative, student-designed program/project ideas were selected from more than 65 applications to advance to this final round, and were “live-pitched” to the event’s four Philanthropist-Investors. The four judges agreed to fund up to $15,000 to each idea and one year of mentoring to support the ideas that will combat issues we face in Palm Beach County. Jordan and Seth, along with the other winners will now work closely with their investor- or in some cases, multiple investors- to develop a business plan and strategy for success.

Jordan and Seth were awarded $8,500. This money will go toward the purchasing of the sunscreen dispensers "RAY™" through the RDK Melanoma Foundation. Distribution of these sunscreen dispensers include parks, beaches, schools, and outdoor areas where sun exposure is excessive. The “RAY” automatic sunscreen dispenser was designed to make applying sunscreen simple and fun. With a regulated 1ml dose of sunscreen per application, users can quickly and cleanly apply the proper amount of sunscreen on the go. Built for the outdoors, the “RAY” dispenser can withstand both hot and cold weather conditions ensuring that whether you are on a mountain or a beach, the “RAY” dispenser will protect your day of fun in the sun.

About Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation:
The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation has been working nationally for over 20 years to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma, its deadliest form. Their newest initiative the "RAY™" Project, involves the distribution of sunscreen dispensers in parks, beaches, schools, and outdoor areas, where sun exposure is excessive. Their unique Students Against Melanoma (SAM) Clubs in middle and high school, and the SunSmart America™ curricula, programs, and resources, have educated hundreds of thousands of students, families and communities on sun safety prevention and early detection. Deborah Kann Schwarzberg is founder and president of RDK Melanoma Foundation.

To learn more visit melanomafoundation.com or call 561-655-9655.

#RDKRAY #StudentsAgainstMelanoma #EarlyDetection #SkinCancerEducation #SkinCancerPrevention #MelanomaAwareness #SkinCancerPreventiveEducation #RichardDavidKannMelanomaFoundation #SaveLives #RDKSAM #Melanoma #VictimsToMelanoma #SkinCancer #LoveTheSkinYoureIn

http://melanomafoundation.com/two-students-from-jupiter/
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