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Cabana Life works with many notable non-profit organizations in an effort to help improve sun safety awareness, skin cancer education, early detection, and prevention. Please read about the charities that Cabana Life promotes, and visit their websites to find out how you can participate.
Melanoma Research Alliance
Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and it is one of the cancers whose incidence is increasing fastest in this country. In 2007, melanoma touched the lives of Debra and Leon Black when Debra was diagnosed with the disease. With melanoma incidence rising dramatically and survival for those with advanced disease remaining static at less than 15 percent, the Blacks formed the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) under the auspices of the Milken Institute. Thanks to their generous ongoing support, all public donations to MRA go directly to melanoma research. MRA’s ultimate goal is to find a cure by funding the most promising melanoma research worldwide that will accelerate progress and improve outcomes for patients and all who are at risk.
MRA is the largest private funder of melanoma research. To date, MRA has awarded $30 million to 73 research programs to make transforming advances in the prevention, diagnosis, staging, and treatment of melanoma, including research in biological causes of carcinogenesis, skin screening, biomarkers, imaging, immunotherapy, molecularly targeted therapy, and combination therapy.
Collaboration is at MRA's core—from the team approaches to research that they fund, to the way they find partners who can help us realize our vision. Our allies are also focused on increasing public knowledge about the seriousness of melanoma and ways to reduce risk and improve early detection. MRA is pleased to have the generous support of a growing list of corporate allies in the fight against melanoma to amplify our message and garner the resources necessary to advance our mission. Through a unique partnership with Bruce Springsteen and the Danny Fund, MRA has been engaged in a series of public awareness initiatives urging people to protect themselves from the sun's damaging rays, avoid indoor tanning, and be aware of changes in their skin.
SHADE Foundation of America was formed in 2002 by Shonda Schilling, wife of MLB pitcher, Curt Schilling, following her successful battle with melanoma. After being diagnosed with skin cancer, Shonda realized the lack of resources available to skin cancer patients and the absence of an organization in Arizona focused solely on melanoma.
Our mission is to eradicate melanoma through the education of children and the community on the prevention and detection of skin cancer and the promotion of sun safety. SHADE fulfills this mission through programs and support services including a Nationwide Poster Contest for grades K-8 to promote sun safety, a SHADE Grant Program for schools and community centers to provide shade covers, a Nationwide School Partnerships Program that involves children in learning sun safe behaviors, a Body Check 101 DVD that encourages viewers to examine their skin, and a Newly Diagnosed Kit which is provided for melanoma patients.
The Melissa Fund
Melissa Kathleen Bambino was a beautiful vibrant woman who lost her life to Melanoma on December 26, 2003. She was 29 years young.
The Melissa K. Bambino Melanoma Foundation was established by Melissa’s family and friends to honor her memory... and to help eliminate this devastating and preventable disease.
Its mission is simple: Research. Awareness. Prevention.
The primary fundraising vehicle is an annual Sun Run™. This event is a 5K run / walk open to adults and children. It promotes sun safety as well as the importance of an annual skin exam. Proceeds from each run go to Melanoma research and awareness.
Skin Cancer Foundation
Go With Your Own Glow
An idea whose time has come. The Foundation learned from a focus group of beauty editors that radiant skin is the new beauty ideal, and this was the inspiration for our campaign. Tanning is undesirable — it's not fashionable, or healthy, and is obsolete as a lifestyle. Natural, glowing, healthy skin is the look that everyone wants. After obtaining these valuable insights, The Skin Cancer Foundation coined the phrase Go With Your Own Glow. A series of color print ads initiated a fresh approach to the anti-tanning message and appealed to people to stop tanning.
Developed to encourage women to love — and protect — their skin, whatever its natural hue, the campaign is relying not just on health and safety information, but also on fashion. Once people stop associating beauty with tanned skin, we will really begin making headway in the fight against skin cancer.
We encourage you to read on for the latest makeup tips and trends to keep your skin healthy and looking great.
"Tanning as a life priority is over." "Skin that's not tanned is gorgeous." – Lois Joy Johnson, former Beauty and Fashion Director of MORE
"A healthy glow does not mean a tan and I think that's what we have to clear up. A healthy glow is your skin tone glowing. You — looking luminous." – Sarah Brown, Beauty Director of Vogue
“Taking care of your skin is almost, in and of itself, a type of foundation. It’s one step less in your makeup routine — you don’t have to cover up the wrinkles as much as you would if you’d spent 20 or 30 years in the sun.” – Jane Larkworthy, Beauty Director of W.