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SHADE Foundation of America
June 29, 2011

My duaghter was diagnosed with Melanoma a few years ago. At the time I was completely ignorant about the disease. I had nowhere to turn to find information and suffered extreme anxiety because of the lack of information available. Nt too much after diagnosis I was introduced to the SHADE Foundation of America. I have become a believer in educating ourselves and our youth about the dangers of extended sun exposure. The Foundation offers so much useful information concerning this killer disease. I was able to educate myself about the disease adn to educate otheres in the same situation I was in.

Just by word of mouth I have guided so many people to SHADE for information and guidance. One example is my neighbor was diagnosed with a rare form of Melanoma nd he and his wife, along with the 3 small children, were overwhelmed and scared. I guided them to the SHADE Foundation for information adn they were able to educate themselves adn proceed with a plan of action. He has now been cancer free for the last 3 years. They have thanked me for getting them to the site so many times. So many people have been guided to their site for support.

I am so impressed with the way SHADE is educating our youthso we might be able to eliminate or at least lower the skin cancer diagnosis. I feel they already have accompklished that to some extent They discourage tanning beds that have been proven to cause cancer. I reead recently that skin cancer in out youth has gone down. I feel it is more important than ever to continue educating our youth so we can keep parents from suffering what I went thru when my daughter was diagnosed. I feel if I had been better educated in the beginning I would have been able to help her mentally and physically. I feel it is imparitive we continue to educate about the dangers of sun rays and at the same time give alternative solutings for keeping our lives normal such as sunscreen, protective clothing, sunglasses, adn anything that protects our skin. I love to go on the website when they do their poster contest and see the children thru their pictures get the message.

I thank SHADE everyday for what they do and how they educate. I hope to see them continue their message about Melanoma for however long it takes to continue to decrease diagnosis of this preventable disease. I believethey can turn society from sunbathing without protectionto sunbathing adn living a normal life with sunscreen. thank you SHADE for all you do for others.

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