The Leathernecks Dragon Boat Team is comprised of former and retired U.S. Marines, whose average age is 66. The slang term “Leatherneck” is used to describe United States Marine Corps members and originated from the leather collar formerly part of the uniform, worn for protection of the neck during sword combat. Many of the team’s members are battling skin cancer in one form or another and spend countless hours training and racing in the sun.
This past September eight adventurous women took on the challenge of hiking the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim as part of their journey of personal fitness and well being. Fitness expert Dr. Peeke and Dermatologist Dr. Baughman reflect back on the factors that attributed to the overall success of their excursion.
Height seeking mountain climbers need to be aware of the dangers of UV at higher altitudes. Paul Ridley of Row for Hope shares his Mountaineering experience with us. “In the thin air climbers encounter above 10,000 feet there is often no hope of protection from clouds, and the thin air and reflective snow makes for dangerous sunburns. While climbing I’ve been sunburned on the roof of my mouth, the underside of my nose, and inside my nostrils.”
Every year over five million people from all over the world visit the Grand Canyon. Less than 1% of those visitors ever reach the bottom. Of those that actually complete the Rim-to-Rim hike, only 8% are women. These statistics didn’t dissuade eight determined women, including The US Surgeon General, Dr. Regina Benjamin. “The Grand Canyon Peeke Performers” physically and mentally challenged themselves to complete the rigorous Rim-to-Rim hike as a part of their journey of personal fitness and well-being.
Tennis players spend countless hours in the sun, exposed to harmful UV. Some of the best players on the court have dedicated themselves to promoting skin cancer awareness, including tennis pro Andy Caress. He started the Mela-KNOW-More Foundation to alert the world of the seriousness of melanoma. So, grab your racquet, hat, UV T-shirt and sunscreen and hit the court! Protect yourself from the sun so you can concentrate on your game!