I just found out the magazine, Cosmopolitan, has teamed up with the Melanoma Research Foundation to raise awareness for safe fun practices. Cosmo is setting up a grant for MRF which will go towards new research for treatment. The last treatment that was approved for treating advanced melanoma (like mine) was back in 1998 and this treatment is only about 15% effective. We are in desperate need of new treatments.
With a donation of $10, you receive a matte-gold cord bracelet. A donation of $25 will get you 3 bracelets.
Here is the press release which includes information regarding Melanoma and the Research Foundation: http://www.24-7pressrelease.com/press-release/cosmopolitan-magazine-mrf-team-up-to-combat-melanoma-154411.php
Here is where you can donate: http://www.firstgiving.com/cosmopolitan
Just in case you don't click on any of the links, here are the important facts you should know:
From Cosmo's donation page: "Skin cancer is a serious, often deadly disease. If you have advanced melanoma, your life is measured in months. It’s the fastest growing cancer in the world, and is hitting young women hard. Melanoma is the leading cause of cancer death in women 25 to 30-years old, and the second leading cause of cancer death in women 30 to 35-years old. "
Please take action to protect yourself and not have the mindset that skin cancer is nothing to worry about or that this will happen to someone else. I wish someone would have educated me, so please let my experience educate you and keep you safe. No one is saying to stay out of the sun, just practice safety in the sun. What we are saying though is stay out of the tanning salons. I know some of you are still using them. Seriously your fake tan is not worth risking your life. Learn to love your skin as it was created, not by changing the color of it.
Thanks, have a great weekend and stay safe in the sun!