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SHADE Foundation of America
June 28, 2011

The SHADE Foundation works to spread the message about the importance of skin cancer prevention and early detection. Given that over two million Americans are diagnosed each year with skin cancer and one American dies every hour from this largely preventable disease, their work is exceedingly important. Skin cancer is more common than breast, prostate, colon and lung cancers combined. The small staff works tirelessly to get the message out. Their poster contest is a great example of the reach of their efforts - over 10,000 children submitted posters to the contest last year demonstrating that they have learned from SHADE how important it is to Limit the Sun, Not the Fun, and to not burn or tan by wearing protective clothing and sunglasses, seeking shade, using sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, checking the UV Index and getting Vitamin D safely through food and supplements.

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I have viewed the posters online and have seen how well the children are learning the important steps they need to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun to prevent skin cancer, eye damage and other adverse health effects from carcinogenic ultraviolet radiation.

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Hope that they can receive additional funding to continue their important, life-saving mission.

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General Member of the Public & I have voted for the national poster contest winner in the online competition that SHADE holds. It is very gratifying to see that their message is getting through to thousands of children a year and the poster contest is just one example of their fine wo.