Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation

Our mission is to save lives through education about the prevention
and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma.

The Foundation’s vision is “to educate children throughout the country and give them
the skills necessary to make healthy sun safety choices throughout their lives.”
As the Foundation grows we will continue to advocate for school districts throughout
the country to require sun safety education as part of their curriculum.

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The SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum and Resources
help promote sun safety education, prevention and early detection of skin cancer.

SunSmart America™ Resources

SunSmart America™ Resources

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SunSmart America™ Training

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SunSmart America™ Schools

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Palm Beach County Teachers

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Tanning Bed Pledge

Many people don’t realize the dangers of using tanning booths.

Tanning Bed Facts

The World Health Organization has determined that UV rays from tanning beds cause cancer.

SunSense Survey

Give us a sense of how SunSmart you are.

Are You At Risk? Survey

Answer a few questions and find out if you are at risk, today.

Watch the You Tube video entitled, “Dear 16 Year Old Me

Download Free Smart Phone Apps for EPA (UV Index) and EWG (Sunscreen Guidelines).

Message From Our Founder and President,

Deborah K. Schwarzberg

MelMon3“I founded the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation to educate the public in order to prevent people from becoming victims to melanoma and so that others wouldn’t lose their loved ones to this dreaded and deadly, yet avoidable, disease.

Please explore our website and join us in the fight to help educate the public about the dangers of exposure to the sun and how prevention and early detection can save lives.”

The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation is a non-profit organization involved in skin cancer education. We educate the community through our SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum which provides school-based learning on sun safety and skin cancer. SunSmart America™, meets existing requirements in science, health, physical education and language arts.

We also provide other SunSmart America™ programs through this interactive website.

This site aims to provide a wealth of information for educators, parents, students and individuals who have been affected by this disease.

This includes:


  • Important medical and scientific information about skin cancer – types of skin cancer, early detection techniques, statistics of skin cancer in the United States, UV radiation and UV Index.
  • Training opportunities – SunSmart America™ Teacher/School Nurse Training for teachers, school nurses and daycare workers. SunSmart America™ Student Training for middle and high school students.
  • School Programs – SunSmart America™ Schools – Sun Safety Policy Program is a program to assist schools in developing a sun safety policy. Students Against Melanoma (SAM) is a student program where students teach their peers about sun safety.
  • SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum – This curriculum includes sun safety lessons, student activities and a pre & post test to measure student’s knowledge of sun safety. This curriculum meets existing requirements in science, health, physical education and language arts.
  • Skin Cancer Prevention – Avoid Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma and Ocular Melanoma by wearing protective clothing, sun glasses and sun block to prevent sunburn and sun damage. Our motto is “Love The Skin You’re In.”

Current Events

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Every time you make a purchase on Amazon, a percentage goes back to our Foundation. Click here to see how easy it is.

Grant Funding

The Melanoma Foundation has been provided grant monies by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Broward Community Foundation, Lost Tree Village Foundation, Toppel Foundation, Quantum Foundation, Florida Department of Health, Graham Eckes Foundation, JFK Medical Center Auxiliary, Palm Beach Country Club Foundation, Palm Beach Cancer Institute Foundation, Health Foundation of South Florida, The Walter & Adi Blum Foundation, Palm Healthcare Foundation’s B.J. & Paula Harris Fund, among others… Read More >

Check The UV Index And UV Health Alerts

For more information on the Ultraviolet Index Forecast

Discover Your Skin Type

Which Type of Skin Do You Have?
These 4 types of skin are present in almost every region in the world.

Memorial Page

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Make a Donation

Every Donation Makes a Difference
One out of every fifty people will be at risk to develop melanoma, and Florida is the state with the second highest incidence of melanoma in the country…

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities, please contact us.

Current News From The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation

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Here is some Gold Medal advice for Swimmers.

When enjoying your love of the sport, remember to take time and lather up.    No matter how many indoor practice session you get in, you are bound to spend a lot of time in the sun. Apply sunscreen every two hours, and keep up those strokes. Check your spots, and... read more

Homecoming with an important message

Thanks to Teacher Tania Martinez, and the Students Against Melanoma Club at John I. Leonard High School, WPB, FL. This engaging club choose Sun Safety as their homecoming theme, to share the important message of “Love the Skin YOU are In”! Start a club in... read more

“Redheads, sunscreen may not be enough”.

Visit “Gingers”, as they are often called, are high risk for skin cancer.  To best prevent melanoma, redheads should avoid direct exposure to sunlight, use a broad spectrum sunscreen and reapply every hour, and wear a wide-brimmed hat. Visit a... read more

“There is no such thing as a healthy tan!”

Every time your skin gets darker and darker, it’s really saying, “Ouch, you are hurting me”. The darker pigment that you see on the surface of the skin, is really your skin’s way of protecting itself. “Love the Skin You’re In”, and opt out, next time you plan to get... read more

Get the Facts on UV Radiation

All skincancers are caused by overexposure to the sun or artificial light sources (tanning beds). Each time you go outside without sun safety protocol, you risk your chances of getting burnt, and ultimately, getting skin cancer. Don’t let that fog, mist, or cloud fool... read more

Contact the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation

The Melanoma Foundation is one of the first organizations in the country that has been on the cutting edge of skin cancer preventive education and the only organization in Florida. After extensive review of health education literature, the Foundation selected the successful SunSmart curricula from Australia on which to base its many programs and adapt to local educational standards and environment. The Foundation utilizes SunSmart America™ for grades K-12.

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Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
v: 561-655-9655 | f: 561-655-9650
2751 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2A, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405

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