For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Cara MacVane: 561-685-2342

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL- (APRIL 17, 2017) The Richard David Kann (RDK) Melanoma Foundation is pleased to announce that they recently received a generous grant of $25,000 from The Quantum Foundation to support their award-winning student-based program called Students Against Melanoma (SAM) Clubs in middle and high schools.

SAM is committed to empowering young people to lead education and prevention initiatives in their schools and communities. SAM encourages all youth to get involved and be valued as a contributing member of their community, and its approach involves students delivering sun safety messages to their peers through school and community based activities including their unique SAMposium™. The target audience is middle and high school students in both public and private schools. Some examples of student’s projects include peer-lead presentations about sun safety and skin cancer prevention, teen workshops, awareness-raising and early detection activities and legislative work. The School District of Palm Beach County is a proud supporter of this program and SAM has won several American Academy of Dermatology Gold Triangle Awards.  SAM has the potential to reach millions of youth across the country; therefore, RDK Melanoma Foundation encourages the community to take advantage of this excellent and exciting opportunity and be part of a renewed effort to decrease the mortality associated with skin cancer.

“We are extremely grateful to The Quantum Foundation for this generous grant,” said Deborah Kann Schwarzberg, founder and president of RDK Melanoma Foundation.  “These additional funds will help us continue to educate students throughout Palm Beach County on the important message of sun safety, early detection and skin cancer prevention.”

To learn more about RDK Melanoma Foundation and SAM please visit

About Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation:
The Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation has been working nationally for over 20 years to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of skin cancer, especially melanoma, its deadliest form.  Their newest initiative the “RAY™” Project, involves the distribution of sunscreen dispensers in parks, beaches, schools, and outdoor areas, where sun exposure is excessive. Their unique Students Against Melanoma (SAM) Clubs in middle and high school, and the SunSmart America™ curricula, programs, and resources, have educated hundreds of thousands of students, families and communities on sun safety prevention and early detection.   Deborah Kann Schwarzberg is founder and president of RDK Melanoma Foundation. To learn more visit or call 561-655-9655.

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