Mike SchmidtDear Friends,

Thank you for taking interest in the Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Skin Cancer Initiative. We would not be able to continue this effort without all our friends helping us raise funds and accomplish our goal.

One out of every five people in the United States will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. Melanoma is one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer and is caused by exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun. Education on prevention techniques and making sunscreen available to as many people as possible can save lives.

As a professional baseball player, I spent most of my life in the sun, mostly without sunscreen. As my career was reaching great heights, my skin was paying the price.

In August of 2013, I had a biopsy come back positive for melanoma. It began a challenge tougher than any I ever had as an athlete. The diagnosis truly shaped my life and I made it my mission to help educate people about early detection and protection to help prevent skin cancer.

As a board member of the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation, I have taken an area of RDK to Philadelphia in an effort to grow our programs nationally. I figured the best place for me to start is the city I played baseball in for 20 years. In 2021 we outfitted all of Citizens Bank Park with our sunscreen dispensers for Phillies fans to use at day games this summer. This year, I am eager to bring more of these dispensers to the schools, parks, sports fields, and running trails in city of Philadelphia.

Remember to wear SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and re-apply every two hours, and also wear a wide brimmed hat and long sleeve clothing, when possible, outdoors this summer.

– Mike Schmidt

Funds donated to my initiative will be used exclusively in Philadelphia. We have a few ways that we are protecting the city from the harmful reality of skin cancer: our public sunscreen dispensers and our Students Against Melanoma Clubs. Our team has partnered with the city of Philadelphia Parks & Rec to define key locations for free sunscreen dispensers in the city’s parks, public pools, sports facilities, tourist attractions, and running trails. Thanks to the help of Independence Blue Cross and many other sponsors, we already plan to donate more than 40 sunscreen dispensers this summer to provide SPF 30 protection to as many people as possible. With your help we, can work to ensure more of these units are located in areas that need them. The RDK Melanoma Foundation’s Students Against Melanoma (SAM Club) is a network of high school and college students around the country committed to learning and helping educate their communities on skin cancer, specifically melanoma. We currently have several SAM Clubs in high schools in and around Philadelphia, and with your help we can introduce this sun safe education to more schools in the city. Thank you for joining my team.

SunSmart America
SunSmart America
SunSmart America

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

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