The rain did not dampen the spirits of those who came to honor and support their loved ones. While the weather could have been better, those who participated could not have been. It was a fun filled (WET) day and a good time was had by all. Below view some of the many pictures taken at the event.
CCMAC is grateful that the new Nassau County Executive Lauren Curren (2nd from left) and the Nassau County Health Commissioner Lawrence Eisenstein (Left) recognize the importance of Melanoma Monday, and that May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Also pictured above are; Colette Coyne (Founder of the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign – CCMAC), Sharon Galvin (Melanoma Survivor) and John SKinner.
The Brooklyn Market, with stores in Brooklyn and Manhattan invited CCMAC to participate in their Grand Opening of their Dobbs Ferry store on April 14th 2018. Customers old and new took literature regarding the prevention of Skin Cancer / Melanoma, and many children as well as adults spun the Be Sun Smart wheel for prizes. CCMAC greatly appreciates members of our business community who are not only committed to providing quality foods and services to their customers but are also committed to the health and well being of their customers and the communities in which they operate.
We thank the owners, management and staff of “The Brooklyn Market” for hosting us and helping spread CCMAC’s Be Sun Smart message.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that the primary source of Sun Safety Education is in schools and that the secondary source of education is through recreational and sporting activities. The CDC also acknowledges that educational programs and curricula in schools alone are inadequate to stop the rising rates of Skin Cancer in America. They recommend prevention and education efforts in schools are supported and reinforced by skin cancer prevention interventions in recreation, sports, and community settings.
High School Presentations are ongoing and well received by Students. As well as being informative, students can understand the importance of UV protection after viewing their own facial skin damage through our DermaScan Machine donated by Dr. Steve McClain. Thousands of students from the Nassau County Line as far east as the Hamptons have heard the BE SUN SMART® message.
Oyster Bay High School
On April 17th Caleigh O’Toole and her two brothers attended the Oyster Bay High School Board of Education. They were there to update the board regarding CCMAC’s donation of shade covering to be used at one of the School Districts outdoor fields where students play a variety of sports. In addition, Caleigh and her brothers took the opportunity to educate the board and others in attendance regarding the dangers of unprotected exposure to the sun’s deadly rays.
Caleigh and her family have long been involved in sharing CCMAC;s Be SUn Smart message. In 2018 the O’Toole family lost their Aunt Bonnie to Melanoma. Since they have been very involved in educating the community, about the dangerous rays of the sun. The Oyster Bay Community and all of Long Island are lucky to have such dedicated community minded youth. CCMAC is grateful to the O’Tooles for all they do!
BE SUN SMART! ALL YEAR LONG!
Hampton Bays High School’s
Tonight, It’s All About Me! Health & Wellness Fair
On April 17th 2018 CCMAC participated in the Southampton Youth Board & Hampton Bays High School’s “Tonight, It’s All About Me! Health and Wellness Fair. Thomas Coyne shared CCMAC’s Be Sun Smart message with students, teachers and other school personnel in attendance. CCMAC’s Dermascan got a great deal of use, as many in attendance viewed damage to their skin often not otherwise seen by the naked eye. Many were quite shocked at what they saw and commented that they will have to do better at protecting their skin from the dangerous rays of the sun.
CCMAC Thanks the Southampton Youth Board, Event Coordinator Katherine Budas & Drew Martin of Hampton Bays High School for inviting us and their commitment to preventing Skin Cancer / Melanoma.
BE SUN SMART! ALL YEAR LONG!
Hofstra University Health & Wellness Fair
On April 11th 2018 CCMAC participated in Hofstra Universities Health and Wellness Fair. Cory Eisner and Colleen Buckshaw shared CCMAC’s Be Sun Smart message with students, teachers and other school personnel in attendance. CCMAC’s Dermascan got a great deal of use, as many in attendance viewed damage to their skin often not otherwise seen by the naked eye. Many were quite shocked at what they saw and commented that they will have to do better at protecting their skin from the dangerous rays of the sun.
CCMAC Thanks Hoftsra University for inviting us and their commitment to preventing Skin Cancer / Melanoma.
By: Emily Cotter, Student Organization Secretary, Carle Place High School, Carle Place New York
On Friday, February 3, the Carle Place Student Organization and Key Club hosted the 10th annual Battle of the Classes: Battling for a Cause. The donations raised from this year’s battle will be donated to the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign (CCMAC). The campaign was founded by Colette Coyne in memory of her daughter, also named Colette, in order to increase public awareness regarding the dangers and causes of skin cancer in the early education of youth, families and the community. The life of Colette as well as Lynn DeVivo-Bao, sister of Carle Place MS/HS Athletic Director Chris Ceruti, and Leanne Kozak, a Carle Place graduate of the class of 2006, were honored through the event.
After numerous months of planning from the Student Organization and the Key Club, students crowded the main lobby, ready to battle for cause. Senior Maria Buffolino calls BOTC, “one of the most spirited and unified days of the entire year.” During Battle, students participate in events like ultimate frisbee, basketball, tug-of-war, relay races, a skit competition, Wii Just Dance, and a new event, the spelling bee. This event shows how much a small town like Carle Place can come together for an important issue. Students raised over $26,000 for the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign. The goal of this year’s Battle of the Classes was to raise awareness of the dangers of skin cancer like melanoma and to ensure that students remain diligent when in the sun. Thanks to the efforts of the Student Organization and the Key club, #BOTC2017 is sure to be a night that will be remembered forever. Student organization president, Lauren Nagy, stated that “Battle of the Classes is a really rewarding experience. We get to see the different grades work together to achieve something amazing. After we spent so many hours playing this event, the positive feedback from students and faculty alike make the entire event worthwhile.”
Congratulations to our top fundraiser, junior Gabriella Murray and to the class of 2017 for winning the 2017 Battle of the Classes; Battling for a Cause.
New York State Senator Elaine Phillips (left center), Colette Coyne, Co-Founder of CCMAC (right center), Assemblyman Ed Ra (sixth right), and Evlyn Tsimis (fourth left) of Altice Connects and Amanda Pugliese of News 12 Varsity (fourth right) and the outstanding students from Carle Place High School receiving a check for $1000.00 dollars donated by Altice Connect to support the CPHS Students Battle for a Cause.
Your Skin Is In is an educational, pledge based program that encourages teens and young adults to make a personal promise that they will protect the skin they’re in. Over the past 8 years, the Melanoma Foundation of New England has exposed over half a million students to this award-winning, educational program.
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