EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY AWARENESS
Links to Educational Resources for Young Children
Busy Bee Barber Shop
Team in Training Learns about Sun Safe Running from Jack’s Fund
High School Health Fairs
High School Sunscreen Initiative
Yard Signs Bookmarks
Jack’s Fund is as committed to preventing melanoma as it is to helping to find a cure. Though incidents of the disease are growing at an alarming rate, melanoma is often preventable by practicing sun safety habits, such as sunscreens or protective clothing. If caught early enough, it is also highly treatable.
Jack’s Fund has made sun safety a priority with Park Districts, distributing melanoma information and safety tips on the playing fields, and awareness and sunscreen reminder posters to golf courses, baseball diamonds, pools and parks.
Jack’s Fund has also distributed reminder bookmarks through the Glen Ellyn Library Summer Reading Program, and has participated in Live Life Well Week at two local high schools and a junior high school. Though the message is for everyone, Jack’s Fund focuses its awareness and education efforts primarily on children and adolescents since they are most at risk for serious sunburns that could lead to melanoma.
PUBLISHED BY THE CDC:
“WHAT YOU CAN DO – The most common type of cancer in the United States is largely preventable. School is a place where young people can learn important sun safety lessons that can make a lifelong difference.” Click here for Booklet
RECOMMENDED LINKS TO Sun Safe EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL for young children
We strongly believe it is important for young children to learn about sun-safety without causing a fear of the sun. Below are a few links that provide excellent age appropriate games and information.
No need to run from sun, just look for shade, wear sunglasses, hats and sunscreen.
Sunwise – Excellent resources for kids and educators.
American Academy of Dermatology – Kid’s and sun safety – Meet Gigi the Giraffe.
Melanoma caught early – AMAZING STORY …
NATE EVANS AND BUSY BEE BARBERS:
Contacting his family doctor, Dr. Kenneth Lee, he arranged a melanoma information session in which Dr. Lee taught the barbers at the local Busy Bee barber shop how to recognize the warning signs on customers’ skin.
Amazingly, only one hour after Dr. Lee’s presentation, barber Joe Etheridge noticed a suspicious mark on the back of a customer’s neck and suggested he visit his doctor to have it checked.
The customer did, and was diagnosed with melanoma—but because it was caught early, the man made a full recovery after treatment.
Full Story – READ MORE
APRIL, 2008 DUPAGE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETES GET SUNSCREEN DONATIONS
FOR SKIN CANCER PROTECTION
Glen Ellyn, Illinois, April 17, 2008 — DuPage County high school students will get extra protection from the sun this spring thanks to a donation of some 1,500 bottles of sunscreen from the Jack H. Marston II Melanoma Fund (Jack’s Fund), a local organization dedicated to fighting melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer. The sunscreen will be distributed to area high schools over the next few weeks, ahead of Skin Cancer Awareness Month in May.
High school athletes participating in baseball, tennis and other spring and summer sports are vulnerable to sun damage during practices and competition.
Always-in-a-hurry teens will have no excuse not to use the sunscreen before practice or a game. The sunscreen, made by KINeSYS, the California maker of popular sports sunscreen products, is a spray-on product designed specifically for athletes — there’s no need to take the time to spread sunscreen on arms, legs and other areas exposed to sun.
“We expected that some kids will roll their eyes and say they don’t have time for sunscreen,” said Sharon Marston, President of Jack’s Fund. “We prepared for that and found the perfect partner in KINeSYS, which had a product designed for athletes. On-the-go kids can get the protection they need and their parents get peace of mind.” For more information about KINeSYS, go to http://www.KINeSYS.com.
MARCH 22, 2013 GLENBARD EAST HIGH SCHOOL NEWSPAPER “ECHO”
READ: “PROM’S HIDDEN DANGERS”
Students’ WRITE ARTICLE AFTER CONSULTING WITH JACK’S FUND AT HEALTH FAIR.
YARDSIGNS “If it were not for the signs for the Run for Jack race,
I don’t know when I would have gone in.”
My name is Laura McEnroe. Five years ago, my youngest child was off to Kindergarten and I was turning 40. Life was going along very nicely. In September I started noticing signs up for the Run for Jack. I did not think much of them initially. Then when I was at my daughter’s soccer practice and friend and I were talking about the race. I mentioned I noticed a “spot” on my leg while shaving that I did not recall being so dark. The signs prompted me to go in and get a full body skin check. I really don’t think I would have thought much about that spot had the signs for the race not been up.
I went in and the dermatologist was not overly concerned. But as I did not specifically recall it, she took a biopsy. When I came back to get out the stitches I was told I had a malignant melanoma, and needed to see a plastic surgeon to have additional tissue taken out. I now have a 2-inch scar on my leg but fortunately it had not spread further into the tissue and I only need to follow up every 6 months with my dermatologist.
As I said, if it were not for the signs for the Run for Jack race, I don’t know when I would have gone in. I was fortunate that it was not more serious, but for countless others it is. The Jack Marston fund is wonderful and needed organization and it truly shows that his death was not in vain. It has not only made myself more aware but countless others.
Community Awareness Posters:
The best way to beat melanoma is through early detection, and Jack’s Fund has dedicated much of its efforts to reaching those most susceptible to skin cancer – children, teens, and adults who are exposed to too much sun without proper protection. Partnering with schools, park districts, and businesses Jack’s Fund has shared information on the dangers of tanning booths, use of sunscreen, and the best ways to protect yourself from too much sun. Annual events like the “This Run’s For Jack” 5K and the Chicago Marathon, in which “Jack’s Team” competes every year, also raise awareness for the prevention of melanoma.
2005 – Present SUMMER READING BOOKMARKS
Bookmarks distributed to local libraries for elementary school summer reading programs.