SHADE Foundation of America

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 4456 Floramar Terrace New Port Richey FL 34652 USA

Mission: To eradicate melanoma through the education of children and the community in the prevention and detection of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety.
Results: Over the past 10 years Helped educate over 1 million students K-8 Provided 150 million hours of shade though the SHADE Covering program reached over 100 million people through awareness campaigns Distributed 20,000 Self Skin Exam DVDs This year we have seen our income drop and have less staff to support programs however 10,000 students took part in the poster contest from 46 states. Window to the world of Skin Cancer in Rockafella Plaza NY was seen by over 8 million people. 3million people in MA have driven by 50 billboards directing then to the Self Skin Exam on our website. 5 communities are getting SHADE coverings.
Target demographics: Parents, Teachers, children K-8 grades, High risk individuals and families nationwide.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 100,000 students K-8 Communities using SHADE Coverings
Geographic areas served: nationwide
Programs: SHADE's close partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency has propelled the SunWise with SHADE National Poster Contest to measurable success.  SunWise is a free program for grades K-8 that consists of a toolkit containing cross curricular activities that allow teachers to integrate sun safety into their traditional teaching.  This creates simultaneous opportunities for teachers and students to absorb vital, preventative knowledge of sun safety without distracting from their required subjects.  SHADE reinforces the message conveyed in SunWise by welcoming schools to participate in a nationwide poster contest.  After being taught the 8 SunWise messages, students may draw and submit an original poster demonstrating their knowledge of the sun safe habits that they have acquired and retained.  Posters are judged on a state and national level.  Children are encouraged to go online to vote for their favorite poster, which again puts the sun safety messages in front of them.  The poster deemed to possess the clearest, most creative conveyance of understanding of the sun safety messages is the national winner.   
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having been in involved in the sun protection industry here in Arizona for the last 16 years, I watched with particular interest as the Shade Foundation was formed and began their educational awareness programs, targeting schools and children about the perils of melanoma skin cancer and the risks involved with exposure, especially to those most vulnerable, at the earlier ages. Having already tried ( with limited success ) through many forums, I was pleasantly surprised at how effective the Shade Foundation was at getting kids, staff and schools involved in their educational programs. Living in a state where the temperatures regularly hit 115% in the summers, I personally witnessed as recently as 10 years ago, kids being punished by having to stand out in the sun during recess while other kids played in the shade. Thankfully, due to the hard work and dilligence of the Shade Foundation staff, the tide of ignorance about the harmful effects of the sun are being eradicated, which in turn, will no doubt save lives and needless suffering in the future, not only here in Arizona, but with their national outreach as well. As a result of the their efforts, it will truly never be known just how many people have been spared the awful trauma of sitting down with their doctor and hearing the words that none of us ever want to hear. But, I'm sure there are many.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the educational progress that has been made with the school systems over the course the last several years. Specifically with the children ( i.e. wear protective clothing, wear uv protective skin care, stay out of the sun, etc. )

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've had the opportunity to watch the SHADE Foundation grow from a small group in Scottsdale Arizona to a Nationwide effort and campaign that educates children and adults on the much needed Melanoma Skin Cancer awareness and prevention through out classrooms, and congress across the US.

What started as grassroots has spread to humble yet effective national efforts that have gone as far as the White House to support the cause. From playground awnings and classroom education through poster contests to handing out sunscreen and doing free screenings at some of the nations largest baseball parks and marathons the SHADE Foundation is driven to spread the word about Melanoma Prevention to all walks of life.

It has made me very proud to be a part of the SHADE Foundation's efforts for the past several years and I have loved watching the group go from a small cookout in a park in AZ to seeing them promote prevention from coast to coast and in over 38 states. And it's really just a few people in one office that have created this massive amount of awareness.

If I may quote Shonda Schilling as she once spoke at an event: "Remember way back in the early 70's when people didn't think their kids needed to wear a seat belt in the car? Well, we're trying to do the same thing to teach children and parents alike that wearing sunscreen should be as common as putting on your seat belt."

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

From the West Coast to the East Coast and North and South I've witnessed first hand the people of SHADE Foundation both spread the word on Sun Safety as well as comfort and support those suffering from Melanoma Skin Cancer.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Anthony Centola and I own LowestCruisePrices.com. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Sue Gorham and the SHADE Foundation. We ran some very successful programs that promoted safe sun awareness and travel.

I consider Sue a dear friend and colleague and would not hesitate to recommend the SHADE Foundation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own knowledge and experience with skin cancer awareness has been strengthened.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change a thing!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with SHADE Foundation since its inception in 2001. As their web designer, I have worked closely with Shonda, Sue & Judy for many years. I have witnessed this organization progressively develop since its humble beginnings in Phoenix, to its renaissance in Boston and now to their new integration in Port Richey, Florida. I have volunteered to help at their Arizona fund raisers and have seen the positive impact that they have had on school children across the country. They have partnered with national scientific labs & organizations and have ceaselessly worked toward accomplishing their mission goal - to eradicate melanoma.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the fact that their message has reached thousands of school children and that they have maintained their high level of dedication and compassion.

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recommend that more people would donate to this worthy cause. That would be the best thing that I could recommend.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Steven Peljovich and I run the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts. I was fortunate enough to begin working with SHADE in 2007 as a food sponsor for their annual Bubbles and Bites Event. Over the last 4 years I have been able to see firsthand the great work that Shonda, Sue and their team have been able to do in the communities around Boston. They have not only built playground and school equipment to provide safe cover from the sun for children, but they have been instrumental in getting the word about the dangers of sun exposure to the masses in Boston. I have been a part of their fundraisers in Boston over the last 4 years and was able to host a concert event for them last Summer and have been working with them to make this an annual event. Their staff is highly dedicated to their cause and incredibly thankful for any and every piece of support they get.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to see firsthand the great work they are doing in preventing melonoma, and educating folks on the dangers of sun exposure.

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There is nothing that I could think of to change in the way SHADE operates.

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