DUNWOODY, Ga. — IMPACT Melanoma, a national non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the incidence of melanoma, is partnering with Northside Hospital and the Dunwoody Nature Center to install sunscreen dispensers throughout the nature center’s grounds and work on skincare awareness initiatives with summer campers. The dispensers and educational services are a working piece of IMPACT’s Practice Safe Skin program which is geared toward skin cancer awareness through engaging activities and applicable preventative tools, such as their automatic sunscreen dispensing units.
Through a grant from Northside Hospital, IMPACT is able to install three sunscreen dispensers and initiate a skincare and wellness program that includes distribution of fun, explorative educational CampKits to more than 900 summer camp attendees throughout Dunwoody Nature Center. The launch of this initiative commenced with a celebratory event at the nature center on May 4.
“More skin cancers are diagnosed in the United States each year than all other cancers combined. Wearing sunscreen is one of the simplest things we can do to protect our skin from the sun’s ultraviolet rays,” said Juliet Weaver, program manager Melanoma & Sarcoma at Northside Hospital Cancer Institute. “Northside Hospital is honored to partner with the Dunwoody Nature Center and IMPACT Melanoma to raise awareness of the importance of sun safety so that we all can enjoy being outside — cancer free.”
“The Dunwoody Nature Center is proud to partner with Impact Melanoma by providing free sunscreen to our visitors,” said Michael Cowan, executive director of Dunwoody Nature Center. “The sunscreen dispensers placed throughout the park will increase awareness of the importance of sun safety and help develop good habits that will reduce the prevalence of skin cancer. Special thanks to Northside Hospital for the generous grant that makes this partnership possible.”
The launch event featured a skin cancer awareness and sun safety presentation from a Northside Hospital physician assistant, which included demonstrations of the dispensers as well as an assortment of kid-centric activities and an informational table for the public.
“We’re so pleased to be working with such community-minded organizations such as Northside Hospital and Dunwoody Nature Center,” said Amber Ostrej, ambassador of IMPACT Melanoma’s Atlanta Chapter. “I’m ecstatic that we’ve been granted the opportunity to install these dispensers at Dunwoody Nature Center and educate their camper community about the importance of sun safety.”