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Making the Outdoors Safer for Communities: the American Academy of Dermatology Announces 2008 AAD Shade Structure Program Grant Recipients

Applications Available Today for 2009 AAD Shade Structure Program

SCHAUMBURG, Ill., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the ways to protect yourself from the damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun is to seek shade, especially during the peak sun hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. However, for many daycare centers, schools and recreational organizations, these hours are prime times for outdoor educational programs and recess. To assist schools and organizations in creating sun-safe educational and play areas, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) provides grants for shade structures.

Today the Academy announced the recipients of the 2008 AAD Shade Structure Program grants.

"The Academy is pleased to award grants to these organizations which have outdoor areas in need of shade and that have demonstrated a commitment to sun safety," said dermatologist C. William Hanke, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. "Combined, these 37 shade structures will be used by more than 23,427 individuals every day. The Academy is proud to work with these organizations to reinforce the importance of protecting the skin when outdoors."

The recipients of the 2008 AAD Shade Structure Program grants are:

* Acres Green Elementary, Littleton, Colo.

* Bowman Elementary School, Lexington, Mass.

* Boys & Girls Club of Hutchinson/Kids After School, Inc., Hutchinson,


* Byng Junior High School, Ada, Okla.

* Cecile B. Essrig Elementary School, Tampa, Fla.

* Champaign County Head Start, Urbana, Ill.

* Christ the King Catholic School, Norfolk, Va.

* City of Rexburg, Rexburg, Idaho

* Gainesville Parks and Recreation, Gainesville, Ga.

* Grand Mesa Middle School, Grand Junction, Colo.

* Handi Kids, Assonet, Mass.

* Huffaker Elementary School, Reno, Nev.

* Junior League of Macon, Macon, Ga.

* La Purisima Catholic School, Orange, Calif.

* Laura B. Sprague Elementary School, Lincolnshire, Ill.

* Lausanne Collegiate School, Memphis, Tenn.

* Lead Mine Elementary School, Raleigh, N.C.

* Longbranch Elementary/Parent Teacher Volunteer, Midlothian, Texas

* Madison Creek Elementary School PTO, Goodlettsville, Tenn.

* Marilyn T. Wilson Elementary, Mesa, Ariz.

* McCallum High School, Austin, Texas

* Melrose Elementary School, Roseburg, Ore.

* Mesa Elementary School, Clovis, N.M.

* Morgantown Elementary, Morgantown, Ky.

* New Mexico School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Alamogordo, N.M.

* Northwood Elementary School, Irvine, Calif.

* Ocotilo Ridge Elementary, Vail, Ariz.

* R.D. White Elementary School, Glendale, Calif.

* Ramapo for Children, Rhinseback, N.Y.

* Selma Middle C.H.A.T. Academy, Selma, Ala.

* Stanton College Preparatory School, Jacksonville, Fla.

* Tatum Ridge Elementary School, Sarasota, Fla.

* Thomas Hunt Middle School, Pleasanton, Calif.

* Washington County Memorial Hospital, Salem, Ind.

* Whispering Oak Elementary, Winter Garden, Fla.

* Wood Creek Elementary School, Katy, Texas

* Youth Elementary School, Loganville, Ga.

This is the seventh year that the Academy has offered its Shade Structure Program in which Academy members play an integral role 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 or educational institutions serving children and teens under the age of 18, for permanent shade structures over outdoor locations which are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools, eating areas and other locations. The Academy receives support for this program from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company.

In addition, applications are available today for the 2009 Shade Structure Program. The 2009 program applications are due on April 10, 2009. Recipients of the 2009 Shade Structure Program grants will be announced on Monday, June 22, 2009.

Since 2002 the Academy has awarded 133 shade structure grants to organizations across the country. These shade structures provide shade for more than 108,677 individuals.

"This program furthers the Academy's commitment to reducing the incidence of skin cancer by increasing the amount of shade available and encouraging individuals and communities to incorporate sun safety into their daily outdoor activities," said Dr. Hanke.

This year, more than 1 million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed in the United States. It is estimated that there will be about 116,500 new cases of melanoma (the deadliest form of skin cancer) in 2008.

For more information about skin cancer, please visit, a Web site developed by dermatologists that provides patients with up-to-date information on the treatment and management of disorders of the skin, hair and nails, and click on "SkinCancerNet."

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 15,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy 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 Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or

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