Strike Out Melanoma

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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Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
Strives to Strike Out Melanoma
With New Sunscreen Dispensers

West Palm Beach, FL & Philadelphia, PA

June 14, 2017

Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of the Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation traveled to Philadelphia to join Mayor James Kenney, Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, Dr. Anthony Colletta, Executive Vice President and President of Facilitated Health Networks at Independence Blue Cross, and David Buck, Phillies Senior Vice President at City Hall on May 25, to formally unveil new sunscreen dispensers that will be placed in some of Philadelphia’s sunniest spots.

RDK Melanoma Foundation

On May 25, 2017, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney welcomed Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, Dr. Anthony Colletta, Executive Vice President & President of Facilitated Health Networks at Independence Blue Cross, and David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President, to City Hall to formally unveil a new initiative with The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation in an effort to make Philadelphia a Sun Smart America City with new sunscreen dispensers that will be placed in some of Philadelphia’s sunniest spots – including Citizens Bank Park. Photo credit: Miles Kennedy

 

Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and most cases of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, are caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

Baseball Hall of Famer, and part-time resident of Jupiter, Florida, Mike Schmidt, who has been candid about his personal battle with melanoma and is a huge advocate for the cause and a key member of the RDK Melanoma Foundation project team said at the unveiling, “I was honored to have Mayor Kenney partner with me and The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation to make Philadelphia a SunSmart America City.”

“This initiative speaks to our mission of prevention and early detection of skin cancer through education and modifying behaviors,” said Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of RDK Melanoma Foundation.

“We accomplish this through our K-12 Sun Smart America curriculum and by getting out into communities to create awareness of skin cancer, especially melanoma. Our newest initiative, the RAY Project, involves making sunscreen dispensers accessible in order to protect residents and visitors from sun exposure.”

“Mike had a vision of making his city the first Sun Smart America City and inspiring Philadelphians to be sun smart,” said Ostrau. “We plan on taking this program to other cities all across the United States as we spread the message of sun safety and help save lives!”

The City of Philadelphia has placed four sunscreen dispensers as the pilot program with additional dispensers to be placed in parks and public areas. The sun screen dispensers, which were manufactured by BrightGuard, are being provided through the support of Independence Blue Cross. An additional 12 dispensers are located throughout Citizens Bank Park, giving fans access to sunscreen for every ballpark event, including all home games, concerts and more.

To further support the initiative, the Phillies hosted Melanoma Awareness Day on Sunday, May 28, at Citizens Bank Park during the afternoon game against the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to the debut of the new dispensers, the day featured a special ceremonial pitch by Schmidt. Schmidt also stars in the new Melanoma Awareness public service announcement, which was played for the first time that day on the Phillies giant videoboard, in which he talks candidly about his own melanoma occurrence as well as importance of wearing sunscreen and staying safe in the sun. Click here to view the PSA. To further support the cause, the Phillies Charities, Inc. 50/50 drawing on May 28 benefitted the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation.

“In baseball, it’s hard to escape the sun – which is why this is such an important cause to us,” said David Buck, Phillies Senior Vice President. “Thanks to the new sunscreen dispensers at Citizens Bank Park, our fans will find it even easier to be sun safe and sun smart. We are proud to join forces with Independence Blue Cross, the City of Philadelphia and the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation to help make a difference.”

About Sunscreen dispensers “RAY™”

The “RAY™” automatic sunscreen dispenser was designed to make applying sunscreen simple and fun. With a regulated 1ml dose of sunscreen per application, users can quickly and cleanly apply the proper amount of sunscreen on the go. Built for the outdoors, the “RAY™” dispenser can withstand both hot and cold weather conditions ensuring that whether you are on a mountain or a beach, the “RAY” dispenser will protect your day of fun in the sun. Distribution of these sunscreen dispensers include parks, beaches, schools, and outdoor areas where sun exposure is excessive. To learn more about how to make your city a Sun Smart America City call 561-655-9655 or visit melanomafoundation.com.

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The Philadelphia Phillies hosted
Melanoma Awareness Day on Sunday, May 28
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RDK Melanoma Foundation

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Cincinnati Reds, Melanoma Awareness Day

 

The Philadelphia Phillies hosted Melanoma Awareness Day on Sunday, May 28, at Citizens Bank Park against the Cincinnati Reds. In addition to the debut of the new sunscreen dispensers around the ballpark, the day featured a special ceremonial first pitch by Hall of Fame Mike Schmidt. The partnership with the RDK Melanoma Foundation included a post-game reception with Phillies 1980 World Series Champions Schmidt, Bob Boone and Greg Luzinski.

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt
Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of the Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director of the Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt

Social Media Postings

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CBS Philly‏ Verified account @CBSPhilly 
Sunscreen Dispensers Being Installed Throughout Philadelphia http://cbsloc.al/2qjSLoM

Mike DeNardo‏ @DeNardoKYW 
Mike Schmidt and @PhillyMayor display sunscreen dispensers that’ll be in city parks and at Citizens Bank Park. @Phillies

Mike DeNardo‏ @DeNardoKYW 
Mike Schmidt talks about melanoma, public sunscreen dispensers, and the state of the #Phillies.  Our conversation: http://bit.ly/2rV3EhU

Action News on 6abc ‏Verified account @6abc 
City & #Phillies team up to fight skin cancer: Sunscreen dispensers at Philadelphia parks & Citizens Bank Park http://6abc.cm/2qU88qG

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
While today isn’t the day you’re really interested in sunscreen and protecting yourself from melanoma, we’re focusing on it!

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
Getting ready for our SunSafe reveal! #kMelanoma – at Philadelphia City Hall

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
Stacy Ostrau, from @RDKMELANOMA, is excited about the new sunscreen dispensers to be placed throughout the city.  #kmelanoma

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
Dr. Tony Colletto, from @IBX who sponsored the four dispensers that will be available throughout Philly.  #kmelanoma

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
Dr. Colleta says that healthy habits, like wearing sunscreen, start early & all of the kids at @Phillies games will be protected. #kmelanoma

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
EVP David Buck, from the @Phillies, announced that this Sunday, the team will be unveiling sunscreen dispensers in CBP. #kmelanoma

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt, was diagnosed 4 years ago with melanoma. Today, cancer-free. No one else should have to deal with that. – at Philadelphia City Hall

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
Our goal is to have hundreds of these dispensers throughout the city, and to help teach kids how to be SunSmart.  #kmelanoma

Philly Public Health‏ Verified account @PHLPublicHealth  May 25
Mike Schmidt demonstrating how easy it is to be SunSafe with our sunscreen dispensers. #kmelanoma – at Philadelphia City Hall

Jim Kenney‏ Verified account @PhillyMayor 
Philly is joining @RDKMELANOMA’s SunSmart Initiative bringing public sunscreen dispensers to Philly! Thanks for your advocacy, Mike Schmidt!

Norah O’Donnell 🇺🇸‏ Verified account @NorahODonnell 
Sunscreen Dispensers Being Installed Throughout Philadelphia « CBS Philly #melanomaawareness

FOX 29‏ Verified account @FOX29philly 
Sunscreen dispensers to be installed throughout Philadelphia http://www.fox29.com/news/257039882-story

KYW Newsradi o‏Verified account @KYWNewsradio 
You’ll soon be seeing sunscreen dispensers – similar to hand sanitizer dispensers — around Philadelphia

Television Postings

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Eyewitness News at 6
Philadelphia
KICK OFF SUMMER FEST, THE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE SHORE. WE’LL CHECK IN WITH PAT GALLEN IN JUST A FEW MOMENT. MEANTIME, SPENDING THE GREAT OUTDOORS IN PHILADELPHIA THIS SUMMER, NOTICE. GREAT IDEA, PART OF NEW CAMPAIGN TARGETING SKIN CANCER PREVENTION CALLED STRIKEOUT MEL NO,

NBC10 News Today at 6am
Philadelphia
ANOTHER CHANCE OF SHOWERS NEXT SATURDAY. 6:20 ON THIS FRIDAY. THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA ALONG WITH THE FILLIES ARE JOINING TOGETHER TO STRIKE OUT MELANOMA. MIKE SCHMIDT JOINED THE CALL TO PUT SUNSCREEN STATIONS AT THE ARENAS AND OUTDOOR AREAS. HE DEVELOPED MELANOMA

Action News at 5:30 AM
Philadelphia
RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS THEN TEEN GIRLFRIEND. HE MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE. MIKE SCHMIDT IS TEAMING UP WITH PHILADELPHIA TO PREVENT SKIN CANCER. THE CAUSE HITS HOME FOR HIM

NBC10 News Today at 5am
Philadelphia
THE BEACH SHOULD BE OFF LIMITS IS EXPECTED SOON. THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA AND THE PHILLIES ARE JOINING TO STRIKE OUT MELANOMA. HALL OF FAMER MIKE SCHMIDT HELPED ANNOUNCE THE PROJECT TO PUT SUNSCREEN DISPENSERS AT CITIZENS BANK PARK AND OTHER OUTDOOR RECREATION AREAS. SCHMIDT DEVELOPED SKIN

FOX 29 News at 11
Philadelphia
THANK YOU VERY MUCH IAIN N YOUR HEALTH TONIGHT PHILADELPHIANS RAN OUT OF THE EXCUSES TO SKIP THE SUNSCREEN. HAVING PROBLEMS TALKING. CITY’S INSTALLING DISPENSERS — HAVE YOU EVER HERDER OF THIS. I NEVER HAVE. YOU’LL FIND THE DISPENSER AT CITY HALL ON KELLY DRIVE AND STARTING SUNDAY AT CITIZENS

Action News at 10 on PHL17
Philadelphia
THERE. WE ARE GOING TO START PLAYING BETTER. LET’S HOPE SO. PHILLIES HALL OF FAMER MIKE SCHMIDT PREVENTS SKIN CANCER, ISSUING DISPENSERS TO BE PLACED AROUND TOWN. HE’S A MELANOMA CANCER SURVIVOR. WE ARE GOING TO PLACE AROUND THE CITY.

Eyewitness News on The CW-Philly
Philadelphia
AND I’LL HEAD DOWN TO THE SHORE WITH THE REST OF THE TEAM. JOIN ME LAUREN VITTORIA WOODILL. I’LL BE NEAR THE WILDWOOD CONVENTION CENTER FOR THE FIVE, SIX, 10 AND 11:00 P.M. NEWSCAST. >>> YOU MAY SOON NOTICE SUNSCREEN DISPENSERS AROUND PHILADELPHIA. >> IT’S PART OF A CAMPAIGN THAT IS A

MLB Baseball
Philadelphia
IT WAS HIT MICHAEL DID A GOOD JOB READING BUN AWAY ARENADO COMING UP. LET’S CHECK IN WITH GREG >> Gregg: I KNOW THE SUN NOT OUT BUT MAY IS MELANOMA AWARENESS MONTH. WE’LL BE HAVING BIG DOINGS AT THE BALLPARK ON SUNDAY OUR PARTNER OUT AT CITY’S CITY HALL HE WAS DEMONSTRATING THE NEW

Action News 6PM
Philadelphia
IS INSTALLING YELLOW DISPENNERS FILLED WITH SUNSCREEN ACROSS THE CITY. FOUR YEARS AGO HE WAS DIAGNOSED

Eyewitness News at 6
Philadelphia
DETAILS ON THAT WEEKEND FORECAST, IT WILL BE MUCH QUIETER COMING UP IN JUST A FEW. OKAY, SEE YOU THEN, THANK YOU. AS WE HEAD INTO SUMMER YOU MAY SOON NOTICE SUNSCREEN DISPENSERS AROUND PHILADELPHIA. PART OF NEW CAMPAIGN TARGETING SKIN CANCER PREVENTION, CALLED STRIKEOUT MELANOMA. THE CAMPAIGN

Action News 5PM
Philadelphia
ON IT. LITTLE BY LITTLE WE’LL GET THERE. YOU KNOW, WE ARE GOING TO START PLAYING BETTER. PHILLIES HALL-OF-FAME FIRST BASE MAN MIKE SCHMIDT BEAT SKIN CANCER AND IS TEAMING UP WITH THE PHILLIES AND THE MELANOMA FOUNDATION TO RAISE AWARENESS FOR THE DISEASE AND LAUNCHING SUNSCREEN

Action News at Noon
Philadelphia
REMAINED IN THE HOSPITAL. HE FLED THE CRASH SCENE BUT A TIP FROM THE PUBLIC IDENTIFIED HIM AS THE DRIVER. AS WE APPROACH THE SUMMER

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Thank you for considering a donation to the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation. Whether you are looking to make the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation a part of your future giving plans, or just considering a one-time donation, your support makes a difference!



















How is your donation appropriated?

As Executive Director of Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, I would like to thank all previous donors for their support, and to those of you who are new to our site, I urge you to read on to see how you may help us further our mission.

One person dies from melanoma every fifty minutes, 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. Melanoma is the only cancer with an increasing death rate each year, while all others are decreasing. The Foundation exists so we can significantly reduce the numbers of people who die from a disease that is almost 100% preventable if we educate our community.

Your tax deductible contribution is appropriated in the following ways, through a variety of our unique educational programs that the Foundation has implemented since its inception.

SunSmart America™ curriculum in schools, the only curriculum that educates students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The Foundation has trained students, teachers, school nurses, parents and school administrators nationwide, thus facilitating the development of new sun safety programs and resources. Which are benchmarked to meet Sun Shine State FCAT standards, we have gained the support of the school Superintendents, their teaching body and staff.

SAM, (Students Against Melanoma), is the Foundation’s peer-based club in middle and high schools, started in 2007, this unique opportunity for students, helped us to win one of our thirteen AAD Gold Triangle Awards in 2010. This is a critical time when the acquired knowledge of students will help them create good habits that will serve them throughout their adult lives. In a recent discussion with Alan C. Gellar, MPH, RN, Deputy Director of Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Mr. Gellar states that the repetition of information through high school, and even college, is key when trying to create new mindsets for students, especially when done in a peer club setting. SAM has become this powerful tool.

All middle and high schools should have a SAM Club. Our model allows students to receive community service hours. Clubs meet as often as they wish, but at least once a month they gather to create events for their school, and to partner with the Foundation, in honor of Melanoma Awareness Month in May. SAM members attend community events, carrying forth our Foundation’s mission, as well as being ambassadors of good health and sun safe information.

Finally, our Melanoma Monday Art Contest in Schools K-12, celebrated throughout the county, in honor of May being recognized as melanoma awareness month. We have been implementing this program since 2001, with first place awards as great as Sun Shades for schools and other prizes. The event culminates in a well-attended award Ceremony, filled with fun and awareness. With time, and funding, we will make this a statewide program to benefit all Florida youths.

Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation hopes that you will lend support and be a partner in solving a shared problem, so we can continue to be the driving force in the community; educating children and their families about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma, its deadliest form.

Let’s make Florida’s Sun Shine State, the “Sun Safe” State!

In good health,
Stacy Ostrau, Executive Director

Article Postings

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http://m.mlb.com/news/article/232933602/mike-schmidt-phillies-team-up-to-fight-cancer/

https://www.vm-videos.com/cinphi-phillies-booth-discuss-sunscreen-stations_d55a5b129.html

Philly installing free sunscreen dispensers, http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/philly-installing-free-sunscreen-dispensers-20170526.html

Sweet! Public Sunscreen Dispensers Will Soon Pop Up All Over Philly, http://www.phillymag.com/be-well-philly/2017/05/25/philly-sunscreen-dispensers/

Mike Schmidt Shows Off New Sunscreen Dispensers at Citizens Bank Park,http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/sports/csn/phillies/Mike_Schmidt_shows_off_new_sunscreen_dispensers_at_Citizens_Bank_Park-424621163.html (cross-posted to CSN: http://www.csnphilly.com/the700level/mike-schmidt-shows-new-sunscreen-dispensers-citizens-bank-park)

Sunscreen dispensers to be installed throughout Philadelphia, http://www.fox29.com/news/257039882-story

Sunscreen Dispensers Being Installed Throughout Philadelphia, http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2017/05/25/sunscreen-dispensers-being-installed-throughout-philadelphia/#.WSeoEd_fv3Y.twitter

https://nyc.podcast.play.it/media/d0/d0/d1/dE/dZ/dU/dM/1EZUM_3.MP3?listeningSessionID=590b0f47029abd5f_1915928_mnU65L6t__0000000l2on

Sunscreen dispensers coming to Philadelphia, Phillies games, http://6abc.com/sports/sunscreen-dispensers-coming-to-philadelphia-parks-phillies-games/2036903/

http://iradiophilly.com/conversation.php?idConversation=6889

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/232363728/ballpark-buzz-top-5-things-to-know-for-phillies-reds-series-may-26-28/

https://news.ibx.com/independence-blue-cross-help-strike-melanoma/

https://phillyadclub.com/david-kann-melanoma-foundation-independence-blue-cross-philadelphia-phillies-strive-strike-melanoma/

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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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