The third week of Melanoma Awareness Month is coming to a close and we have so much news to share with you, but before we recap—check out what’s happening right now!
Today is Sunhat Saturday, a day devoted to the importance of wearing hats as sun protection. Join us in celebrating Sunhat Saturday by sharing pictures of yourself, your family and friends wearing hats and you could be featured on our Twitter or Facebook! #SunhatSat
Monday, MRA’s president and CEO, Wendy Selig, wrote It’s Time for the US to Catch Up on Melanoma Prevention for the Huffington Post. Later that day, MRA announced the 2014 research grants, awarding a record-breaking $11 million to 19 institutions worldwide. MRA also attended the GSK Summit where melanoma bloggers and thought leaders met to discuss new ways to engage with melanoma patients and how to make a difference.
Tuesday, MRA attended the BayBio briefing on Capitol Hill where Wendy Selig spoke about the importance of federal funding of medical research. At 5:00 PM, the L’Oréal Paris It’s THAT Worth IT Thunderclap went live with over 2,500 supporters jointly broadcasting to over 7 million people about the importance of sunscreen and supporting MRA’s research program. Later that evening, MRA’s Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma event at Rockefeller Center in New York City raised an astounding $1.4 million for melanoma research. We are thankful to L’Oréal Paris, Bergdorf Goodman, Eric Javits and Double Cross Vodka for their contributions to the event.
Wednesday, MRA attended the Shade Foundation poster contest where K-8 children created posters on sun safety. The event drove home the importance of educating the young on the dangers of UV rays and how sun protection is essential for everyone’s well-being. Here’s a picture of one of the winners!
Friday, Wendy Selig appeared on FOX News to discuss the Sunscreen Innovation Act and how the US needs the best sunscreen products to prevent melanoma. We also celebrated national Don’t Fry Day, spreading the message of sun safety as a timely reminder on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Sun protection is especially important during the summer when people will be spending more time outdoors, so please stay sun safe.
Finally, here are a few highlights from the melanoma news this week:
Minnesota becomes 8th state to ban indoor tanning for minors via NY Daily News
Don’t Fry Day: A Reminder to Protect Your Skin via Huffington Post
A powerful story from melanoma survivor Michelle LeBlanc via Close Up With Elizabeth Grady
Skin cancer increases risk of other cancers via Health Blog