Education and Awareness are vital parts of fighting this disease.
Dr. Jon Richard, 2004 "This Run's for Jack"
Jack’s Fund is as committed to preventing melanoma as it is to helping to find a cure. Though incidents of the disease are growing at an alarming rate, melanoma is often preventable by practicing sun safety habits, such as sunscreens or protective clothing. If caught early enough, it is also highly treatable.
Jack’s Fund has made sun safety a priority with Park Districts, distributing melanoma information and safety tips on the playing fields, and awareness and sunscreen reminder posters to golf courses, baseball diamonds, pools and parks.
Jack’s Fund has also distributed reminder bookmarks through the Glen Ellyn Library Summer Reading Program, and has participated in Live Life Well Week at two local high schools and a junior high school. Though the message is for everyone, Jack’s Fund focuses its awareness and education efforts primarily on children and adolescents since they are most at risk for serious sunburns that could lead to melanoma.