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Melanoma Monday Art Contest
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.
Annual Melanoma Monday Art Contest
Melanoma Monday is May 6 , 2019
Artwork Submission deadline April 15, 2019
The Month of May is nationally recognized as skin cancer awareness month and the first Monday in May is known as Melanoma Monday. Did you know one person dies from melanoma every fifty minutes? With education, melanoma is almost 100% preventable!
In support of this vital public service message, the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation has implemented a fun and educational contest for students.
Cash prizes and certificates will be awarded to the winners in the following categories:
First Place: $100 Second Place: $50 Third Place: $25
First: $100 Second: $50 Third: $25
First: $100 Second: $50 Third: $25
The sponsoring teacher of each winner will receive the same value prize as their student. The Principal of each first place winner will receive a framed award of the winning artwork.
Attached are the guidelines for the contest. Each entry must have a completed and signed contest entry form attached to the work.
Work may be mailed in or dropped off at our office at:
2751 South Dixie Hwy., Suite 2A, West Palm Beach, FL 33405.
The deadline for all submissions is Monday, April 15, 2019.
We thank you in advance for supporting the RDK Melanoma Foundation’s mission of education about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer; especially melanoma, its deadliest form. Please feel free to call our office at (561) 655-9655 with any questions that you may have, or visit our website www.melanomafoundation.com for resources and current information.
2018 – The student winners of last year’s contest from Palm Beach County include:
Grades K-5: 1st place – Skyler Fain Sunset Palms Elementary School; 2nd place- McKinley Cupit, Beacon Cove Elementary; and 3rd place – Regan McGinnis, Beacon Cove Elementary School. Honorable Mention (1)- Jackson Lynch, Beacon Cove Elementary. Honorable Mention (2)- Lindsey Gammill, Beacon Cove Elementary and Honorable Mention (3)- Sarah Kranz, Meyer Academy.
Grades 6-8: 1st place- Arianna Barona, LC Swain Middle School; 2nd place – Jariah Irizarry, LC Swain Middle School; 3rd place- Autumn Saunders, Woodland Middle School. Honorable Mention – Aidan Skolnick, Meyer Academy.
Grades 9-12: 1st place – Antonio Ruiz, Lake Worth High School; 2nd place- Timothy Phung, Park Vista High School and 3rd place- Miguel Zurita, Lake Worth High School. Honorable Mention- Isabela Valdes, The Benjamin School and Cameron Pirozzi, The Benjamin School.
Grades K-5 Winners
Grades K-5 Honorable Mention
Grades 6-8 Winners
Grades 6-8 Honorable Mention
Grades 9-12 Winners
Grades 9-12 Honorable Mention
Melanoma Monday Art Contest
Dear Parents, Grandparents, Guardians and Child Care Providers,
We are pleased to provide you with the following information on sun safety. So please take a moment to read this and see how you can encourage young people and families to protect themselves from melanoma and other skin cancer by playing it safe in the sun!
One person dies from melanoma every 50 minutes. Florida is the state with the second highest incidence of melanoma in the Country! A person’s chance of developing melanoma later in life is directly related to his or her exposure to the sun between the ages of 0-18 years of age. Cases of melanoma are being discovered on children as early as 4 year of age!
Skin cancer does not discriminate. Although people with lighter skin are more at risk, anyone can get skin cancer!
Protect yourself and your family by following these simple rules:
- Reduce exposure to the sun during peak hours, 10am – 4pm. (Seek shade)
- Don’t BURN! One or more sunburns before the age of 18 increases your risk of getting melanoma.
- Always wear sun block with at least an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30-50+. It is best if you apply sunscreen in two thin layers. (especially if the SPF is lower than 30; it will still effective) Wear lip protection as well, also with SPF15-30.
- Reapply sun block every two hours, particularly after swimming, sweating or any outdoor activity.
- Wear protective clothing and accessories when possible, including a wide-brimmed hat, a long-sleeved shirt, pants, and sun glasses. Many stores sell clothing with SPF already in the fabric! RIT Dye also sells a product, when added to your wash, creates such a V barrier on clothing. ALL OTHER exposed areas need to have sun block applied. Remember that even when it’s cloudy, you can still burn! Water, snow, and cement are all reflective surfaces that intensify your UV exposure.
- DO NOT GO INTO A TANNING BOOTH! 10 minutes in a tanning bed is like 4 hours of sun! Having a tan for Prom and “Homecoming/Spring Break” is not a reason to damage your skin!
Get to know your skin and that of your family. Look for any new or unusual marks such as moles or freckles and be aware of any changes over time. Schedule regular dermatological check ups and have a full body examine by time you are thirty years old, or sooner.
Watch the You Tube video entitled, “Dear 16 Year Old Me”
Download Free Smart Phone Apps for EPA (UV Index) and EWG (Sunscreen Guidelines).
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Melanoma Monday Art Contest Downloads
Below you will find the documentation you need for the Melanoma Monday Art Contest.
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Hand Outs
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – Letter to the School
Melanoma Monday Art Contest – School District / Other Endorsements
The SunSmart America™ K-12 Curriculum and Resources help promote sun safety education, prevention and early detection of skin cancer.
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.
Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation
v: 561-655-9655 | f: 561-655-9650
2751 S. Dixie Highway, Suite 2A, West Palm Beach, Florida 33405