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SHADE Foundation of America
June 27, 2011

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.

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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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Donor & Supplied / donated some of the shade systems for their playground campaigns.