American Academy of Dermatology awards 26 Shade Structure grants to protect America's youth

Newswise — SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (March 15, 2017) — Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. The American Academy of Dermatology has awarded shade structure grants to 26 schools and non-profit organizations across the country in order to protect children and adolescents from the sun’s harmful rays.Since its launch in 2000, the AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program has awarded 350 shade structure grants, which provide shade for more than 600,000 individuals each day.

“Skin cancer is highly preventable as we know overexposure to the sun is one of the primary causes and seeking shade is a simple way to reduce your risk of skin cancer,” said board-certified dermatologist Henry W. Lim, MD, FAAD, president of the AAD. “The AAD is proud to recognize these organizations and their commitment to providing more opportunities for young people to enjoy the outdoors while being protected from the sun’s dangerous UV rays.”

To reduce the risk of skin cancer, the AAD recommends seeking shade, wearing protective clothing and applying a water-resistant, broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher when outdoors.

The AAD awarded its 2017 AAD Shade Structure grants to these organizations in the following states:


Douglas Elementary School, Douglas, AlabamaSponsored by Joshua B. Wharton, MD, FAAD


Donaldson Elementary PTO, Tucson, ArizonaSponsored by Alan J. Levin, MD, FAAD


Imperial Elementary School, Anaheim, CaliforniaSponsored by Cheryl L. Effron, MD, FAADSelf-Help Enterprises Affordable Housing Community of Village de Guadalupe, Orosi, CaliforniaSponsored by Joy T. Torakawa, MD, FAADShasta Family YMCA, Redding, CaliforniaSponsored by Elizabeth Gardner Stratte, MD, FAAD


Fountain International Magnet School, Pueblo, ColoradoSponsored by Krystal J. Holderness-Nakamura, MD, FAAD


Achievement and Rehabilitation Centers, Inc., Sunrise, FloridaSponsored by Jerome R. Obed, DO, FAADBranches, Inc. – Florida City Campus, Florida City, FloridaSponsored by Judith E. Crowell, MD, FAADGalileo School for Gifted Learning, Sanford, FloridaSponsored by Jeffrey G. Moskowitz, MD, FAADImagine South Lake Charter School, Clermont, FloridaSponsored by Joseph A. Shirer, MD, FAADPalencia Elementary School, Saint Augustine, FloridaSponsored by Christina Brennan, MD, FAAD


Vaugh Elementary School, Powder Springs, GeorgiaSponsored by Jared Samuel Friedman, MD, FAAD


J. Turner Hood Elementary, North Reading, MassachusettsSponsored by Charles R. Taylor, MD, FAAD

New York

Bnos Leah Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New YorkSponsored by Sara Leah Tarsis, MD, FAADThe Friends of the Salamanca Youth Center, Inc., Salamanca, New YorkSponsored by Michael Nazareth, MD, PhD, FAAD

North Carolina

ABC of NC, Winston-Salem, North CarolinaSponsored by John G. Albertini, MD, FAADEden Family YMCA, Eden, North CarolinaSponsored by Stuart Tafeen, MD, FAADThe Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education, Raleigh, North CarolinaSponsored by Margaret Brown Boyse, MD, FAAD


Tishomingo Development Team, Tishomingo, OklahomaSponsored by Michael G. McCauley, MD, FAAD

South Carolina

Chapin Intermediate School, Chapin, South CarolinaSponsored by Allison L. Cashman, MD, FAADCross Schools, Bluffton, South CarolinaSponsored by Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAADRiver Ridge Academy, Bluffton, South CarolinaSponsored by Carmen A. Traywick, MD, FAAD


Faith Family Academy Charter Schools, Waxahachie, TexasSponsored by Andrew Paul Word, MD, FAADNewton Rayzor Elementary, Denton, TexasSponsored by Cynthia R. Harrington, MD, FAADReagan Elementary School, Cedar Park, TexasSponsored by Shwol-Huo Kiang, DO, FAADSouth Knoll Elementary PTO, College Station, TexasSponsored by Rachel Ruth L. Moore, MD, FAAD

AAD member dermatologists play an integral role in the program by encouraging local organizations to apply for the grants and by writing letters of support, a requirement for consideration of applications. The program is open to non-profit organizations that serve children and teens under the age of 18 and have incorporated a sun safety program into their activities for at least one year. Grants are available for permanent shade structures over outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, eating areas and other locations.

For organizations interested in offering a sun safety program, the AAD has developed a curriculum for 8- to 13-year-olds to promote healthy self-esteem through education about skin, hair, and nails. The Good Skin Knowledge lesson plans and accompanying activities include sun safety education, which qualifies for the sun safety awareness program when in place for a year prior to application for a shade structure grant.

The AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program is financially supported by the AAD and its members’ contributions. This program is part of the AAD’s SPOT Skin Cancer™ campaign to create a world without skin cancer through public awareness, community outreach programs and services, and advocacy that promote the prevention, detection and care of skin cancer.

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology, founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 18,000 physicians worldwide, the AAD is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the AAD at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or Follow the AAD on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology), Twitter (@AADskin), or YouTube (Academy of Dermatology).