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Greenway AllChildren's Melanoma Prevention Foundation (CMPF) is the only foundation in the United States that is dedicated solely to teaching sun protection and skin cancer prevention to children and the people who care for them. Since its inception in 2003, CMPF has educated more than one million children and adults through their SunAWARE For Life Program. This has been accomplished by actively partnering with other key stakeholders and organizations that understand our mission; including nursing organizations, local and national foundations, government agencies, hospitals, and medical centers. As a small non-profit organization, CMPF relies heavily on the support of its partners to expand program reach and accelerate its mission to prevent skin cancer one child at a time through education and advocacy.

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SunAWARE Video
Check out this adorable SunAWARE video created especially by Snapper Rock for celbration of our 15th anniversary:    
SunAWARE on Boston Harbor Islands
SunAWARE on Boston Harbor Islands is a collaboration between the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Boston Harbor Now, the National Park Service and Children's Melanoma Preveniton Foundation to raise awareness about safely enjoying the great outdoors during peak UV exposure.
South Shore Skin Center
South Shore Skin Center (SSSC) has been a corporate sponsor and personal supporter of Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation since 2007.
Montana Cancer Control
The SunAWARE National Curriculum was adopted by the Montana Cancer Control Program in 2012.  
National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention
Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation joined the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention in 2005.
US SAILING
In 2006, US SAILING joined forces with Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation when US SAILING Director, Susan Epstein, introduced our SunAWARE Program to her board.
Melanoma Action Coalition
The Melanoma Action Coalition invited Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation to join their alliance in 2016.
Enright Melanoma Foundation
The Enright Melanoma Foundation (EMF)  joined forces with Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation in 2017 by sharing educational resources and professional support. 
Boston University Department of Dermatology
Boston University's Department of Dermatology has been a long-term supporter of our mission.
South Shore Medical Center
Dr. Jeremy Warhaftig, Chief of Pediatrics at South Shore Medical Center and CMPF board member has worked with us to bring the SunAWARE message to his practice.
Blue Hills Community Health Alliance (CHNA 20)
The Blue Hills Community Health Alliance (20) has supported the work of CMPF for many years.  
Dermatology Nurses' Association
Since our inception, the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) has been our greatest ally in spreading the word about the importance of skin cancer prevention for children.
Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome Life Support Network
Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation has collaborated with BCNS Life Support Network for over 10 years.
Little Sun Lovers
Christina Brown, owner of Little Sun Lovers. Inc, has collaborated with CMPF on their SunAWARE  For Life Program since 2015.

Check out this adorable SunAWARE video created especially by Snapper Rock for celbration of our 15th anniversary:

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SunAWARE on Boston Harbor Islands is a collaboration between the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), Boston Harbor Now, the National Park Service and Children's Melanoma Preveniton Foundation to raise awareness about safely enjoying the great outdoors during peak UV exposure.

The program includes educating permanent and seasonal staff, and providing on-site educational programs for visitors and tourists on Spectacle and George's Island and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. In addition, we trained Discovery Camp Administrators and provided resources, free-of-charge, for their counselors to use on the Islands. Perkins School for the Blind also partnered with us by providing two Summer Interns who provided information and sunscreen to visitors daily for six weeks. All of these partners allowed us to reach thousands of staff, campers, and visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands.

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South Shore Skin Center (SSSC) has been a corporate sponsor and personal supporter of Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation since 2007.

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Dr. Richard Eisen, dermatologist and founding partner, has been CMPF’s Medical Director since it’s inception. SSSC partners have provided cash donations, supported in-house fundraisers as well as the venue for community events. SSSC staff has volunteered as board members, advisors, committee members, and event volunteers. Dr. Kate Ayers arranged for CMPF to be the recipient of the Scituate Yacht Club annual fundraiser in 2017. South Shore Skin Center is our loyalist partner and supporter. We thank Dr. Eisen, Dr. Saad, and Dr. Bousari, as well as all the staff in Plymouth and Norwell for their unyielding support.

The SunAWARE National Curriculum was adopted by the Montana Cancer Control Program in 2012.  Through the advocacy of Karrie Fairbrother RN, DNC she petitioned the state to adopt CMPf's SunAWARE Curriculum as the official skin cancer prevention program. 
Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation joined the National Council for Skin Cancer Prevention in 2005.

NCSCPSince joining the Council, they have attended a majority of the biannual meetings in Washington DC. Over the years, CMPF staff have volunteered for the Don’t Fry Day committee, Advocacy Committee (Dept. of Defense Congressional Request), and lectured on numerous occasions at meetings. CMPF co-authored an article with Center for Disease Control’s Epidemiologists, Meg Watson and Dawn Holman, entitled, UV Radiation Exposure and It’s Impact on Skin Cancer Risk published in the Seminars in Oncology Nursing Skin Cancer Issue (August, 2016). CMPF was proud to be recognized by the NCSCP in 2017 for their Don’t Fry Day campaign which reached over one million residents, tourists, and visitors in Massachusetts. The campaign included a public service announcement via a digital billboard, obtaining a Proclamation from Gov. Baker officially recognizing Don’t Fry Day in the Commonwealth, and local teaching. CMPF is a proud member of the NCSCP and Don’t Fry Day Sponsor.

 

In 2006, US SAILING joined forces with Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation when US SAILING Director, Susan Epstein, introduced our SunAWARE Program to her board.The SunAWARE at Sea Program was born with the objective of raising awareness of the heightened risk of skin cancer among boaters and to introduce SunAWARE lessons.  CMPF went on to teach at the US SailingUS SAILING National Program Symposium in Clearwater, Florida. and at Annapolis, Maryland.  They were able to share their mission with hundreds of administrators from around the country and entree to local programs.  Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation has created program specific materials including a SunAWARE infoflier and a children's book entitled, Danger at Graves Light. The book was endorsed by US SAILING and features an introduction by Susan Epstein. CMPF has written feature articles in OptiNews, a US Sailing publication with topics that include the SunAWARE acronym, eye health, sun protection clothing, Don't Fry Day, skin classifications, etc. Over the years CMPF has taught thousands of young boaters to be SunAWARE. SunAWARE at Sea programs are available, free-of-charge, for local teaching at sailing and boating centers in New England.
The Melanoma Action Coalition invited Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation to join their alliance in 2016.The Melanoma Action Coalition mission is to welcome non-profit organizations and individual supporters to work together in a national network to educate, raise awareness, advocate, and provide mutual MACCsupport. CMPF was pleased to collaborate on 2016 special issue of Cure Magazine that included a piece on the Coalition members and their missions. Ms. Maguire-Eisen presented a lecture featuring CMPF’s SunAWARE for Life School and Community Initiative at the 2nd Annual MAC meeting in Washington, DC in February, 2017.
The Enright Melanoma Foundation (EMF)  joined forces with Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation in 2017 by sharing educational resources and professional support. applycoverenjoysplash

Enright Melanoma Foundation's mission to prevent melanoma through education and early detection is closely aligned with ours. CMPF has included EMF's online educational tutorial, Apply, Cover, Enjoy on our website, as well as in our SunAWARE National Curriculum as a program extension. Janet Horowitz, Executive Director, is a true friend and ally offering sound advice and support whenever

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Boston University's Department of Dermatology has been a long-term supporter of our mission.Dr. Marie France Demierre, a board certified dermatologist and skin oncologist at Boston University, joined CMPF’s Advisory Board in 2004. Dr. Demierre assisted CMPF by delivering pre-school programs, BU Demierrejointly publishing articles on sun safety, and leading a research study to evaluate the impact of our SunAWARE Program. In 2004 and 2005 respectively, Dr. Demieere and Maryellen Maguire-Eisen published manuscripts entitled “The ABC’’s of Sun Protection” and ”Educating Teens and Parents in Effective Sun Safety”. Dr. Demierre was the lead investigator on a study entitled, “Impact of Ultraviolet Photography on Adolescent Attitudes and Behaviors Regarding Sun Protection,” conducted in Quincy, Massachusetts. Human protection approval and statistical analysis was provided by Boston University under the direction of Dr. Demierre. LaRoche Posay and the Dermatology Nurses’ Association provided the funding for the study.  The research findings were published in the Journal of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association in 2009. CMPF lost a great ally and friend with the untimely death of Dr. Demierre.

In 2011, Ms. Maguire-Eisen was appointed as an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Dermatology at Boston University. She has provided Catwalk for a BMC Cancer Cure 2013 28programs for dermatology residents and undergraduate students. She has provided technical support for multiple community programs provided by residnets and faculty. CMPF truly values the support of Dr. Rhoda Alani, Chair of the Department of Dermatology and Dr. Jag Bhawan, Chair of Dermatopathology.
Dr. Jeremy Warhaftig, Chief of Pediatrics at South Shore Medical Center and CMPF board member has worked with us to bring the SunAWARE message to his practice.

In May 2017, we were able to partner on an “Outdoor Babyproofing” project with South Shore Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics. The program was designed to provide new parents with vital information about sun protection for infants and a sun protective garment. The SSMC WarhaftigSunAWARE bookmark and a SnapperRock sun protective shirt was given to parents at new baby visits in recognition of Melanoma Awareness month. “We thought through ways to help spread the SunAWARE message,” Warhaftig said. “We have a really nice audience because we see a lot of newborns and young families who sometimes don’t always know about these things.”

Dr. Warhaftig has also shared our Watch Your Back poster, SunAWARE infoflier, and SunAWARE children’s books with his practice.

The Blue Hills Community Health Alliance (20) has supported the work of CMPF for many years.  They have provided multiple project grants in support of our mission in their 13 member towns.  In 2013-16, we partnered with their public health nurses to deliver a comprehensive melanoma awareness CHNA20initiative.  Board of Health nurses along with foundation staff utilized innovative technology, the  Leverett UV Video System, to teach the public about signs of sun damage and proper sunscreen application.  In addition, we launched a Watch Your Back campaign creating posters for distirution throughout the state. Together we have reached thousands of Massachusttets residents, employees, and visitors.

Since our inception, the Dermatology Nurses' Association (DNA) has been our greatest ally in spreading the word about the importance of skin cancer prevention for children.

DNA President Award 2The Dermatology Nurses' Association led the way by officially endorsing our SunAWARE acronym in 2007 and our SunAWARE Curriculum in 2016. They have a dedicated SunAWARE webpage on their site sharing resources with thier members.Together we have raised awareness by providing annual programs at convention, publishing articles in the Journal for Dermatology Nurses' Assoication and the Nursing Forum, as well as partenring in fundraising and public education.  DNA partnered with us on the Ride4Melanoma in 2008 and sponosred our Longwood Symphony Orchestra event in 2007.  DNA members along with our staff educated the public along the Race for America course when our team Ride4Melanoma competed and raised money for our cause.  Together we reached thousands along the 3,300 mile Race Across America course from ... to Annapolis reaching thousands of supporters.  Karrie Fairbrother, DNA President and Maryellen Maguiire-Eisen were featured on the ABC Morining show with Michelle Charlesworth sharing our innovative technology to teach about sun damage and sun protection. Together we even tried to teach the Naked Cowboy about the importance of sun protection.  

Children's Melanoma Prevention Foundation has collaborated with BCNS Life Support Network for over 10 years.BCCNS

By providing articles for their newsletter, creating companion SunAWARE infofleirs and teaching and exhibiting together at the Dermatology Nurses' Society conventions we have jointly fullfilled our missions to prevent skin cancer.

Chris BrownChristina Brown, owner of Little Sun Lovers. Inc, has collaborated with CMPF on their SunAWARE  For Life Program since 2015.

Ms. Brown holds a Bachelors of Science in Oceanographic Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology and a Master Captain’s License from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Her passion for sun safety education came from her lifelong love of sailing, SCUBA diving, science, teaching and ocean studies. Since 2008, she and her husband, Michael Bell, have taught sun safety to children and adults using a solar bead bracelet kit that she created. Chris Brown is the owner of Humming Rock Gifts, a seaside shop in Humarock, Massachusetts. She is a past president and current member of the Humarock Beach Improvement Association (HBIA) and a board member of the Scituate (MA) Coastal Coalition (SCC). When not on land, you can find Chris on, in or under the water.

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