Mother Jesse Michener of Tacoma, WA walked into her home after work on June 19th to find her two daughters had both severely sunburned that day while at school. Horrified, Michener immediately marched into the principal’s office only to learn that the school cannot allow sunscreen use on students due to a statewide policy and for liability reasons. The same policy exists in 49 states.
As Skin Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, we share a final story from our friend Kari Worth, in her own words. The ins and outs of treatment can be intense and not necessarily a fun thing to read; however hope, determination and drive to educate others play a major role in her life. Skin cancer doesn’t discriminate, it can happen to anyone. Prevention and early detection can be life saving! We hope you share this story with your friends, family and colleagues. Be SunAWARE this month the all year round. Read Kari’s story.
Coolibar athlete Jeremy Van Ek reflects on the DesPlaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon. With his trusty Coolibar hat protecting him from the elements, he paddled down 18.5 miles of the DesPlaines river in the suburbs of Chicago. It’s the second longest running paddling race in the US and typically has 500 to 600 boats racing toward the finish.
Memorial Weekend traditionally marks the unofficial opening to sunburn season and the Friday before has been officially declared Don’t Fry Day. It’s a preemptive strike to put sun damage front and center in your mind. The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention wants you to be sun protected; they want you to practice sun safe behavior, teach it, talk about it, and make it as American as apple pie. Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Cynthia Bailey tells you how to avoid sunburn and make the most of your Memorial Day Weekend.
We heard from more than 100 athletes in our search for the 2012 Coolibar Athlete Team. We then had the difficult task of narrowing down our list to an exceptional group that we hope will inspire others through their actions. Now, we’re proud to introduce our 2012 Coolibar Sponsored Athletes.