Sunscreen and Dispensers Donated to Northern Nevada Nonprofits

Students from Peavine Elementary School are the first to use a new sunscreen dispenser donated by NCC to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.
Students from Peavine Elementary School are the first to use a new sunscreen dispenser donated by NCC to Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation. Image: NCC

Three northern Nevada nonprofits received free automatic sunscreen dispensers and a supply of sunscreen through a community donation program launched by Nevada Cancer Coalition (NCC). The organizations selected through an application process include Community Health Alliance Record Street Health Center for the Homeless, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF), and Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation.

“Wearing sunscreen is one of the easiest ways to prevent skin cancer, but often people forget to put it on before heading outdoors,” said Cari Herington, executive director at Nevada Cancer Coalition. Placing free sunscreen dispensers in accessible outdoor locations has shown to increase people’s use of sunscreen and other sun-protective measures in cities such as Boston, Atlanta, and Tampa.

CHA, represented by Afton Neufeld, left, and clinic manager Julie Pengelly, center, placed their sunscreen dispenser just outside the clinic doors to provide access to anyone served at the Record Street campus
CHA’s Afton Neufeld, left, and clinic manager Julie Pengelly, center, with their sunscreen dispenser just outside the clinic doors at the Record Street campus. NCC’s Cari Herington at right. Image: NCC

The sunscreen dispenser donations were made by NCC in recognition of Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, recognized each May, and are part of NCC’s Sun Smart Nevada program. Sun Smart Nevada is building programs for sun safety and skin cancer prevention in schools, work places, and outdoor recreational areas throughout the state. “Through our dispenser donation program, we hope to give community partners the tools to help the people they serve stay healthy and prevent skin cancer,” said Herington.

Community Health Alliance’s Record Street Health Center for the Homeless provides comprehensive health care services to more than 1,000 patients annually. The sunscreen dispenser they received is available for use by anyone being served at the downtown Reno Homeless Campus on Record Street.

TMPF provides free STEM, standards-based curriculum for majority free-reduced lunch student population schools that uses citizen science to engage kids with their local parks. The organization plans to use its sunscreen dispenser for the Student Stewards program and also for TMPF camp programs, guided walks, and during special events.

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Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation, among many other services, encourages families to spend time together and to never lose their fun factor amidst their cancer journey. The sunscreen dispenser will be available for families to use when they visit the Foundation’s offices and will be used during multiple outdoor events that support the Foundation each year.

In the U.S. skin cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, and in Nevada it is estimated that this year 790 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, the deadliest form. The number one cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. Sunburns at any age are dangerous, however one or more blistering sunburns in childhood or as a teenager can more than double one’s risk of melanoma later in life.

On the Web: http://sunsmartnevada.org

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  1. This is beyond wasteful. It is clear evidence that we need to reform how we define a non-profit tax exempt entity. 501(c)3 (tax exempt) status should be reserved for entities that directly feed, shelter or provide core medical care for those in need. The citizens should look at every rubber duck, colored ribbon and other so-called “charities” with a very critical eye. These groups take up a lot of valuable space, while enjoying tax exempt status. If for-profit businesses occupied those same spaces, the tax burden currently borne by our citizens would be much lighter. The designation of groups as 501(c)3 has gotten way out of hand. What’s next? Free Chapstick dispensers along hiking trails funded by the, Moist Lips Foundation?

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