Coolibar’s Visit to Camp Discovery

Jul 09, 2012 No Comments

Coolibar had the pleasure of spending a day at the American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery on June 25. Camp Discovery offers youth with skin conditions the opportunity to spend a week among young people who have similar skin conditions — free of charge. Click “read more” to check out our album from Camp Discovery.

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Seeing Beyond my Vitiligo

Apr 19, 2012 8 Comments

Vitiligo, a chronic skin condition in which there is a loss of pigment in areas of the skin, affects roughly 2 million people in the U.S. Karl Dunbar can still recall the first day white spots began to appear on his skin. “I was in seventh grade and my vitiligo started to appear on my right hand (on my thumb) and over my right eye,” says Dunbar. “At first, I tried to hide it by wearing gloves.” Now, Dunbar plays an essential role as the defensive line coach for the New York Jets. He also knows a thing or two about becoming comfortable in his own skin.

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Coolibar’s Official Sun Education Message – SunAWARE

Jan 24, 2012 No Comments

We often say “be SunAWARE” at Coolibar, but we’ve never taken the time to explain its place within our company and why we use it. SunAWARE is a non-profit sun education organization that provides the most up-to-date sun protection tips and skin cancer news. It’s also an acronym that helps people prevent and detect skin cancers. At Coolibar, we have adopted SunAWARE as our official educational message as it’s easy to remember and easy to follow.

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Helping those with Albinism and Cancer Patients in Tanzania

Jan 17, 2012 1 Comment

In Tanzania, the sun is unrelenting and people have little escape from it. There are also very high rates of skin cancer among Africans, especially for those who suffer with albinism (albinism is a defect of melanin production that results in little or no pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes and makes skin ultra sensitive to the sun). After Coolibar employee Ben heard about the need for sun protection at a medical and cancer treatment center in Tanzania, Ben returned to work with a mission to help find sun protection relief for patients.

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A New Year’s Resolution with a Cause

Jan 01, 2012 No Comments

While you may already have a personal goal in mind to accomplish in 2012, have you thought about creating a New Year’s Resolution that can have a profound impact on others as well? You, just one person, can help lower the rate people are being diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, and save lives. This year, consider giving back by getting involved in a race for the cure, fundraise for melanoma research, or hold an event to help educate others about skin cancer and prevention. Our friends at Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) have some suggestions to help you get started.

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Help Us Give the Gift of Sun Protection Education

Dec 01, 2011 No Comments

Giving a child the gift of sun protection education is as easy as ‘liking’ the Coolibar Sun Protective Clothing Facebook page. For every Coolibar Facebook page ‘like’ we receive in December, we’ll donate a SunAWARE book to the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation.

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Thankful for the Chance to Spread an Important Message

Nov 22, 2011 2 Comments

Duane Braswell is a recent skin cancer survivor whom is thankful for many things this holiday season. After being diagnosed with both basal cell carcinoma and melanoma in August 2011 and having it successfully excised, he came to the conclusion that there is not enough awareness around the dangers of skin cancer. With the support of his family, friends and outside donors, Duane has arranged to complete a 2,500 bike circuit starting in Phoenix, AZ and ending in Washington, DC to raise money for awareness and further research into skin cancer.

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OneVillage Partners in Sierra Leone

Oct 25, 2011 2 Comments

Seirra Leone, located in West Africa, is one of the poorest nations in the world. While mineral, agricultural and fishery resources are abundant, its physical and social infrastructure have not fully recovered from the civil war that ended in 2002, and social disorder has hindered economic development. Coolibar’s friends at OneVillage Partners, a Minneapolis, MN based non-profit, have been working with people in Eastern Seirra Leone since 2006 to provide assistance to rural villages and stimulate growth within these deprived communities.

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Check Me Out! Jaguars and MRF Fight Melanoma

Oct 18, 2011 2 Comments

Raising awareness about melanoma can save lives, and catching it early is crucial. In an effort to get the word out to a massive audience, on October 9th the MRF teamed up with the Jacksonville Jaguars NFL team to hold a Melanoma Awareness Day during the big game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

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SunAWARE Family Fun Day Fundraising Event

Aug 30, 2011 1 Comment

Last Saturday (8/27/11) my family and I attended the first ever SunAWARE fundraising event at Panino’s Sports Bar in North Oaks, MN. The event raised money to publish “Connor’s Right Field Save” book for Little League players and their families about the five simple, universally recognized steps to prevent and detect skin cancers. I wasn’t sure what to expect, it was after all, the first SunAWARE event.

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