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March 2011

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Fishing in the Amazon

Jack Ip, also known as JIP, is the Senior Editor of Tackle and Tour, an online source of tackle news and reviews, and he makes it his business to seek some of the best fishing in the world. Last November, he traveled outside his hometown near the shores of Lake Sonoma in California, to the Amazon to fish for one of the world’s toughest freshwater species — Peacock bass. While carefully thought-out bait was essential to the success of the trip, tackle wasn’t the only thing he brought with him to the treacherous waters of Barcelos, Brazil.

“This was my first trip to the Amazon and my first time catching Peacock bass. As much as the tackle is important on a trip like this, keeping yourself in tip-top shape and providing yourself protection is just as critical … Wearing protective gear to keep the sun exposure to a bare minimum is important if you’re fishing 6 days straight for 10+ hours per day.

“Coolibar has been producing sun protective clothing since 2001 and today all their apparel are rated UPF 50+, the highest rating you can have in clothes. So the Coolibar Sunblock Fishing Shirt was a must have for my trip to the Amazon. There was no way the harmful UV rays, even the harsh ones in Brazil, would penetrate the Sunblock fishing shirt. I received no sunburns or evening a darkening of my skin during the entire trip in South America.

“Due to venting it provided coolness while fishing all day. The Sunblock shirt, when wet, also dries quickly especially if you’re running the boat. The fishing shirt has many features designed just for anglers such as a collar that you can unfold to provide neck protection or the Velcro pole tip holder just to name a few. Overall a good fishing shirt that’s UPF 50+ rated and useful features that any angler would welcome.

“Fly thousands of miles away, you won’t want to leave home with just mediocre tackle as this is mostly a once in a life time trip for many anglers … And apparel, it must provide good protection or you’ll come back lobster red and hurting. UPF rated, 40+ or 50+ is recommended. Plus a hat to cover up is almost a must have.”

JIP in Coolibar Fish Shirt Casting Off
JIP casting off in Coolibar Fish Shirt

To view details about the Sunblock Fishing Shirt JIP used during his Amazon fishing excursion, see the Sunblock Fishing Shirt made from Coolibar’s dri SUNTECT® fabric.

To view details about Coolibar’s New and Improved Fishing Shirt, see the Fishing Shirt cut from Coolibar’s 3D dri SUNTECT®, a new lighter weight, moisture-wicking fabric that offers superior sun protection and comfort. This shirt still contains all of the original technical features you love including: Velcro pole tip holders, roll-up sleeves, a protective collar flap, bellowed breast pockets and 6” vertical Napoleon zipper pockets.

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Sun Protective Clothing vs. Sunscreen

Compare sunscreen and sun protective clothing side-by-side and then determine how to best protect yourself and your family from the sun.

SPF vs. UPF Ratings

Sunscreen protects skin by absorbing and/or reflecting UV rays. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that all sunscreens contain a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) label. The SPF discloses the amount of sunburn protection that a sunscreen can provide an average user when used correctly. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher. Although the SPF ratings found on sunscreen packages apply to UVB rays, many sunscreen manufacturers include ingredients that protect the skin from some UVA rays as well. These sunscreens are usually labeled as “broad-spectrum” and are recommended since both UVA and UVB have been linked to skin cancer according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Sun protective clothing uses fabric to protect skin from the sun. The fabric is rated according to an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). UPF is like SPF except UPF rates protection against both UVA and UVB. A garment with a UPF of 50 only allows 1/50th of the UV radiation falling on the surface of the garment to pass through it. In other words, it blocks 49/50ths or 98% of the UV radiation. Sun protection clothing is an easy and reliable form of UV protection and so is becoming more and more popular. Look for garments that have been tested according to American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Test Method 183. The best brands also perform complete life cycle tests using American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) D 6544. This form of testing tells how garments protect as they age not just when they are brand new.

Sunscreen vs. Sun Clothing Effectiveness

The AAD says for sunscreen to be effective in protecting skin from UV rays, it should be applied to dry skin 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure. Apply it to all exposed areas and pay particular attention to the face, ears, hands, and arms. One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly. Sunscreens should be reapplied approximately every two hours or after swimming or perspiring heavily.

Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing provides intant coverage. There is no need to reapply anything, except broad-spectrum sunscreen to areas not covered by the clothing. Coolibar’s sun protection never fades or washes out as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide blockers are permanently embedded in many of our material’s fibers. Other items, such as our UV swimwear and hats, are formed with a tightly woven material that offers UPF 50+ protection. Coolibar carefully tests each garment to ensure excellent sun protection.

Physical Sunscreen (SPF 30 broad-spectrum) Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing (UPF 50+)
Blocks 97% of harmful UVA and UVB rays Blocks 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays
Effective when reapplied every two hours or after excessive sweating or swimming Effective always or for life of garment, no need to replace garment after use
1 oz. of sunscreen (shot glass full) protects skin when rubbed in everywhere Clothing completely protects covered portions of skin

By using both sun protective clothing and sunscreen you can achieve ultimate protection! Wear sun protective clothing to cover majority of skin and choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen (which blocks UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of 30 or higher to cover all skin exposed to sunlight. Wear a sun protective hat with a 3” brim or greater to shade your face, ears and neck. Then slide on some sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays or offer UV 400 protection to cover your eyes. Be sunAWARE and be safe.

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Equipped to Walk the Great Wall of China

Robert Loken Walking the Great Wall

Stephen Robert Loken of Norway, 42, recently spent 601 days hiking the entire Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) Great Wall, which spans approximately 3,728 miles (6000km). To do so, he had to overcome extreme temperatures, ranging from a scorching 109oF (43oC) to a frigid -9oF (-23oC), face poisonous scorpions, venomous snakes, ferocious dogs and trudge through desert, forest and tundra.

While many people have walked the Ming Dynasty Great Wall, Loken was the first person in the world to complete the entire route from Jiayuguan, in Gansu Province, to Dandong, in Liaoning Province. Loken claimed all others have stopped at Shanhaiguan, in Hebei Province, missing the route’s last quarter.

Walking this route had been a dream of his since age 19, after walking Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England. At a youth hostel, he spotted six pictures of the Great Wall of China with the text: “The other wall”. To him, this aspiration was worth selling his house and belongings, quitting his job as an IT-consultant, and leaving his hometown for nearly two years.

Loken spent a hefty amount of time preparing for the trip, training and gathering the proper equipment to aid him through the entire walk. During his quest for items, Loken came across the Coolibar Travel Shirt, which he wore every single day throughout his journey. He also utilized a Coolibar sun hat and pants. “What stood out to me is how long [the apparel] lasted,” said Loken. “I used the shirt every day of the entire walk, and the only damage it got was from the thorns and bushes when I crept through jungle like terrain close to Beijing and in Hebei province.”

Robert Loken walked on top of the Great Wall as sand had almost engulfed it completely Robert Loken walked on top of the Great Wall as sand had almost engulfed it completely

Coolibar clothing also helped Loken get through the Gobi desert without suffering heat stroke. “At the warmest, it was 43oC (109oF), and that was in the shade,” said Loken. “The problem however is that there is no shade in the Gobi desert apart from the one you bring along with you. The clothes were only hand washed for the entire trip, and they dried incredibly quickly. I ordered more shirts upon returning and am looking forward to using a new Coolibar shirt after all the battering the last one got.”

Home in Oslo, Norway, Loken reflected on his achievement of not only completing this walk, but raising research funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Regarding the journey, Loken said, “The most important thing is not about being the first person in the world [to walk the entire Great Wall], it’s about following my dreams. It was a life’s ambition. I lived up to it.”

Read more about Robert’s journey on his blog The Great Walker.

Shop Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

Robert Loken's Great Wall Route Robert Loken’s Great Wall Route
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Sunscreens (Video)

Hi, this is Dr. Davis for Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing.

I wanted to talk to you about How to Choose a Sunscreen.  It can be overwhelming.  You walk into a store and you see hundreds of items on the shelves, but how do you even begin to choose. 

SPF Number

Number one, the number you look for tells you how long that sunscreen is going to work.  So if you’ve got a 30 it will work twice as long as a 15.  Use SPF 30 or higher.

Ingredients

You also need to be mindful of what the ingredients are.  There are two main groups.

(1) Physical Blockers (reflectors)

Sits on the surface of your skin and creates a physical barrier to UV rays that blocks/reflects them away from the skin.

– Works right away on both UVA & UVB rays, no need to apply 20 minutes prior to sun exposure.

– Ingredients: Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide

– Good for sensitive skin

(2) Chemical Absorbers

Creates a chemical reaction within the skin that allows the sunscreen to absorb UV before it penetrates the skin.

– Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure.

– Ingredients: octyl methoxycinnamate (OMC), homosalate, and octocrylene absorb UVB, while oxybenzone, avobenzone and ecamsule absorb UVA.  

These two categories are for two different types of skin.

Sensitive skin likes the physical sunscreen – great choices – Vanicream 60, super compatible with sensitive skin.  Physical Sun Blocker – Not going to be as likely to sting as the sunscreens that have some chemical sunscreen ingredients.  But, the chemical sunscreen ingredients last longer, they soak in, they’re better for sports and water resistance.  So, look for a good high SPF number, 30 or higher and then maybe a combination of chemical and physical if you’re not really sure which one is right for you.  If you’re sensitive, stick to physical.  If you’re really going to be working out, get the chemical ones.  That at lease gives you a starting point.

Sunscreen Brands

Brand wise, if you like organic, Soleo is an Australian brand – all physical so that should be compatible with most people’s skin.  We talked about Vanicream.  Don’t forget your lips – Fallene LipCotz.  Physical sunscreen for the lips, especially men, is super important. That lower lip we often see skin cancer.  Women wear lip products more, lip balms and lipsticks so we tend to have more natural sun protection, men do not.  Blue Lizard, the fun thing is that the color changes when Ultraviolet light hits it so you know you need it when the bottle is blue.  It’s a mixture of chemical and physical. 

That gives you a starting point.

Application Amount

Don’t forget 1 ounce is what you need, 2 tablespoons or basically a shot glass full.  Way more than you think you need.  You’ve got to get a nice even coating and re-apply every couple of hours, especially in the heat of the day, especially if you’re sweating.

So Don’t Forget to Be SunAWARE!

Disclaimer: The information provided by Coolibar and its contributors is general skin care information and should not be a substitute for obtaining medical advice from your physician and is not intended to diagnose or treat any specific medical problem.

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Books That Teach Sun Safe Habits

Sun Protection Books

If you’ve been seeking reliable sources of information on sun protection for yourself or tools to help teach children about the importance of sun safety, these books may be just what you’re looking for. Sun protection habits should start from day one. Experts believe that even two to three sunburns at an early age can increase the risk of skin cancer or health issues later in life.  Teach yourself all there is to know about sun protection – then teach your kids too. It could result in one less skin cancer statistic.

The following books promote SunAWARE, which teaches five simple steps to prevent and detect skin cancers.

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Books for Parents and Educators:

Book Sun Protection for Life Sun Protection for Life by Mary Mills Barrow & John F. Barrow

Based on leading medical research and education programs, such as Australia’s SunSmart, Sun Protection for Life is a complete guide to a lifetime of healthy and beautiful skin. It describes the problems associated with overexposure to the sun, identifies those who are most at risk, and discusses the best approaches for effective sun protection.

(AAD Gold Triangle award winner)

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Books for Children:

Book Pretty Prom Pretty Prom; Your Skin is Pretty Too by Mary Mills Barrow and Maryellen Maguire-Eisen

Pretty Prom; Your Skin is Pretty Too is the story of Katie who finds out the sad facts of tanning salons while getting ready for prom night. The story is written for pre-teens and teens to alert them that tanning can cause premature aging and skin cancers.

 

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Book Lake VacationLake Vacation by Mary Mills Barrow and Maryellen Maguire-Eisen

Lake Vacation is the story of Hunter and Caitlin learning the importance of sun protection while enjoying a day of fishing at the lake. It teaches the five easy steps of SunAWARE in a story that will appeal to children ages 6-10.

 

 

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Book Skin Sense Skin Sense by Lori Gehrer-Glickman, Ed.M, MSW

“Written in the voice of a four-year-old girl, this fun and interactive narrative educates young children about the sun’s ability to hurt our skin and shows how easy it is to protect ourselves. It is a wonderful tool to open and encourage discussion between young children and adult s on the importance of sun-safety.” Effectively introduces the topic of sun protection to preschool/kindergarten age children.

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Book What Are These Spots On My SkinWhat are these Spots on my Skin? by Scott and Gus Naughton

Gus and Scott Naughton, a father and son team, created this book to encourage children to pay more attention to changes on their skin. “Spots appear as you grow older, and you should learn to keep track of them”, says eight year old Gus. “We wanted children to have a better understanding of how the skin works and why we develop spot’s on our skin.” It’s a great tool for preschool/kindergarten age children. This interactive book also contains two spot maps at end to help track skin changes over time.

Click on images of the books to purchase. Visit Coolibar’s Sun Protection Resources Webpage for additional sun protection resources.

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This Spring Break, Take a Break from Tanning

Spring Break Panama City Beach, FL

Each year high school and college students around the U.S. take off for sunny destinations around the world to celebrate Spring Break. While these vacations can be a necessary escape from the stress of school, they also spur an increase of unnecessary tanning bed use among teens and young adults trying to obtain a ‘base’ tan prior to their departure.

There are numerous myths created by the tanning industry regarding the supposed benefits of tanning. Last year, the American Academy of Dermatology released results from a survey they conducted to determine if people can separate sun protection facts from myths. One question in the survey asked respondents if it was a fact or myth that getting a base tan is a healthy way to protect skin from sun damage. Only 48 percent of respondents knew the statement was false.  A base tan offers the equivalent of an SPF 4 or less, so very little to no protection. The fact is that a tan is a sign of damage to the skin from UV radiation. Every time a person tans, the skin becomes damaged and this damage accumulates over time, which accelerates the skin aging process and increases a person’s risk for skin cancer.

The damage caused by the UV radiation emitted by the sun and tanning beds is often irreversible. Premature skin aging caused by UV exposure includes fine wrinkles, deep grooves, blotchiness, sagging and a leathery texture in the skin. Some of these changes may appear as early as the age of 20 in anyone who has spent a great deal of time exposing their skin to UV radiation during childhood and teen years.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a branch of the World Health Organization, has undeniably linked tanning bed use among young people to skin cancer including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. They found the link between youthful tanning bed use and melanoma was “prominent and consistent”— a 75 percent increase in risk of melanoma among those who first used tanning beds in their twenties or teen years. The study also found no positive health effects of using a tanning booth, contradicting what tanning salons have used as a selling point.

So, would you like some alternatives to getting a base tan for sun protection during your Spring Break? If you still desire a tan look, get a spray tan or use a self-tanning lotion or spray. But remember that using these methods to create a tan look does not mean you’re immune from sun damage. You should still apply a SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen for UV protection. Otherwise, wear sun protective clothing if you don’t want to worry about reapplying sunscreen frequently. 

Our recommended sun protection beach packing list:

– Broad-spectrum SPF 30+ sunscreen to cover exposed skin

Lip balm with SPF

– Wide brim hat (at least three-inches) to protect the head and neck

– UV-blocking sunglasses to protect the eyes

Swim cover up for extra coverage when desired

Beach umbrella to help you seek the shade

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Soleo Organics Sunscreen Q&A Session Highlights

Soleo Organics Sunscreen

The burning sunscreen questions of many Coolibar Facebook fans were answered today by Soleo Organics Sunscreen experts Dr. Tony Kovacs and Rick Sample during our live forum. Here are a few highlights in case you weren’t able to make it.  

Q. What is the consistency of your sunscreen product like? I have tried other brands that don’t spread or absorb well.

A. Soleo is designed to absorb into the skin within a few minutes of applying, if it hasn’t done so within 2-3 minutes, you may be applying too much.

Q. Is there really such a thing as applying too much sunscreen? I thought you could never have enough.

A. You can apply too much, but with Soleo there is no toxicity issue. (But also make sure you apply enough sunscreen. Approximately one ounce, or enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body properly.)

Q. I have a 5 month old baby, is it OK to use sunscreen on him?

A. Absolutely, Soleo is safe for babies of all ages.

Q. Since I’m a wearer of Coolibar and use it for scuba diving in also, I am wondering if it is necessary to wear a sun block under clothing with an SPF rating?

A. If you’re in your Coolibar gear you’re covered. Apply sunscreen on all exposed areas such as hands.

Q.  I have extremely sensitive skin (post skin-condition) and my doctor recommended I wear SPF 100+ every hour while in the sun, but everyone seems to think there’s no point in anything over 50. Is there really an difference? Or was my doctor just being over-cautious?

A. SPF 100 etc. is just a myth and it will not give you any more protection than a true SPF 30+

Q. What are the main UVA/UVB blocking ingredients and what are their differences?

A. Zinc is the only sunscreen ingredient that offers complete block for UV A, B and UV C

Q. Why are there any additives added to sunscreen/sunblock?

A. Additives are used to preserve aqueous sunscreens. Soleo does not have additives or preservatives.

Q. Are Soleo products not aqueous? What does that mean with regard to sunscreens anyhow? How would Soleo products be described, comparatively?

A. Soleo is an oil base, but non comedogenic, it is water resistant and absorbs into the skin. Water based sunscreens generally don’t offer a great deal of water resistance and need to be applied more frequently, and they contain preservatives, often parabens, benzoates, tec. More chemical cocktails for your body to deal with.

Q. Does the product expire or break down if not used within a certain time frame? I know main stream sunscreens say to replace them after a year.

A. Our product has a two year shelf life. Chemical sunscreens are unstable and break down very rapidly, as opposed to zinc oxide. If our product comes out clear, just knead and shake it up like you would a salad dressing, you want to make sure the product comes out white.

Q. Does that mean it’s not effective after the expiration date or just less effective?

A. Soleo will actually remain stable for a least a year after the expiry date, but we cannot legally sell it once the date has lapsed.

Q. Can zinc be absorbed by the skin/body? If so, is this a concern?

A. Yes, zinc can be absorbed, but Soleo’s formula only absorbs into the skin and not into the bloodstream. Zinc is safe for the body as opposed to the chemicals found in traditional sunscreens.

Q. There has been a lot of controversy about sunscreen ingredients over the past year. What is the benefit of an all natural sunscreen such as Soleo?

A. The benefits are: non chemical, safe for all ages, zinc only, environmentally friendly, biodegradable, organic. Google “sunscreen side effects” and sit back and be shocked. You will see what the chemicals in sunscreen can do.

Q. What is Soleo tested for? Water/Sweat resistance, etc?

A. Up to 4 hours in the water and up to 4 hours in the sun, depending upon skin type. Non allergenic, non comedogenic, no eye sting, safe for babies

Q. How often do you need to reapply sunscreen? And how long do you need to wait for it to take effect?

A. Sunscreen should be applied one half hour before going outdoors. Even water-resistant sunscreens should be reapplied often, about every two hours or after swimming, drying off or perspiring.

If you have more questions regarding Soleo Organics Sunscreen or sunscreen in general, let us know on Facebook or our Blog’s comments section. To purchase Soleo Organics Sunscreen from Coolibar, click here.

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The Sunscreen Expert Live Forum on Facebook

Announcing Coolibar’s first Live Facebook Forum:

Ask the Sunscreen Experts

Time: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 · 1:30pm – 2:00pm CST

Location: http://www.facebook.com/coolibar  

Details: Ever wonder what SPF stands for or how to choose a safe sunscreen for yourself or your children? What does it take for a sunscreen to be considered organic? Starting at 1:30pm CST (11:30am PST, 2:30pm EST) on our Facebook page wall (http://www.facebook.com/coolibar) we’ll have the experts from Soleo Organics with us and available to you: Dr. Tony Kovacs and CEO Rick Sample.

Soleo OrganicsSoléo Organics Sunscreen is an all-natural, organically produced skin care solution that is safe for humans and the environment. Soléo has been innovatively formulated according to Naturopathic principles without the use of any chemical UV-absorbers, titanium dioxide, or synthetic preservatives.

RSVP Yes and we’ll enter you in our drawing to win Soleo Organics Sunscreen.

Join in the conversation with your own questions and you could win one of two prizes – including Soleo Organics sunscreen, and a Coolibar hat – plus there will be an exclusive discount on Soleo Organics sunscreen sold on Coolibar.com.

We hope to see you there (if even for a few minutes)!

Go here to join the event: http://www.facebook.com/coolibar

Tentative Forum Schedule

Next month’s featured expert is Sweetsation Therapy on April 12, 2011 – Topic: Sunscreen for babies and expecting mothers

Sweetsation Therapy supports women and moms-to be of all ages and wants them to grow and glow, feel their best and enjoy their life, pregnancy and motherhood by providing Organic and Natural skin care treatments to support natural beauty, defy aging, prevent stretch marks, protect and brighten the skin while preventing aging safely.  Sweetsation therapy can be used on everyone – including baby.

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A 6-Year-Old Melanoma Hero

It’s not fair that anyone should have to deal with something as life altering as melanoma, especially a 6-year-old. Rachael was only 5 when she was diagnosed with stage III melanoma on September 10, 2009. After a year of battling and conquering melanoma, Rachael and her family know all too well why sun protection is important.

It all started with a little mole on her left arm that Rachael complained hurt. Rachael’s mom, Danielle, took her to the doctor thinking the mole was nothing, but better be on the safe-side. Once at the Doctor’s office, the physician removed the mole and everything was assumed to be okay. While this spot was not initially diagnosed as stage III melanoma, after the first biopsy, doctors knew it was something. It was confirmed after Rachael had a wide local excision on her arm three inches long and a biopsy of the sentinel lymph node, where they removed a few lymph nodes to look for cancer cells. 

While the typical survival rate for stage III melanoma is 60 percent, Rachael was in a rare, but good situation for the circumstances. Doctors told Danielle that children under the age of 10 diagnosed with malignant melanoma have a high survival rate, but further action was necessary. The treatment Doctors recommended for Rachael has been used on less than 100 children in Rachael’s situation and all survived. Her treatment never incorporated chemo, but rather surgery (to remove all lymph nodes under her left arm), four weeks of interferon given daily through an IV using a picc line (which can make the patient ill), weekly injections through the picc line for 48 weeks, and what will be years of follow-up tests. Rachael received a bead through the Beads of Courage program for every treatment she went through. By the end of the year, her necklace of beads was worth more than a thousand words.

Rachael's Beads of Courage

Fortunately, Rachael’s cancer was caught early. She is living healthfully and cancer-free now among her parents and brother; however, her journey to wellbeing was not an easy one, and the experience has forever changed her life as well as her family. Danielle says, “A year into this, how has life changed for us? I think about the sun every single day… I no longer think 15 minutes without sunscreen is okay. Rachael wears a hat every day.  She wears it in the pool.  She wears it to the beach.  She wears it in the shade.” Danielle does this with great reason too. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, about 65 percent of melanoma cases can be attributed to ultraviolet radiation from the sun. Rachael and those surrounding her are now all practicing sun-safe habits every day under the sun.

Danielle’s Blog chronicles their family’s journey through pediatric melanoma: http://iloveyoumorethanmost.blogspot.com

Organizations such as the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation aggressively focus attention on the need to teach “prevention” and “sun protection” to children, and their caregivers. Learn more about this program and tools you can use to teach future generations how to be SunAWARE.

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