Executive Director of Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation Receives 2 Awards

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Maryellen Maguire-Eisen, RN, MSN, executive director of the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, (Hingham, MA) and Mary Mills Barrow, co-founder of Coolibar, have been awarded the American Academy of Dermatology’s prestigious Gold Triangle Award for their “Pretty Prom: Your Skin is Pretty Too” and “Lake Vacation” books.

Maguire-Eisen and Barrow wrote the two books to empower adolescents with up to date and reliable information about the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation and to offer positive, easy action steps for sun protection. The pair wrote the books as part of the SunAWARE program, that provides information on sun protection and early detection of skin cancer.

The award was presented to the authors at the American Academy of Dermatology 67th Annual Convention held in San Francisco on March 6th.

“Both Coolibar and the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation are dedicated to helping young adults establish healthy, sun-safe behavior early in life,” said Barrow. “And we’re thrilled that our books are being recognized as effective resources for adolescents across the country.”

“We’re honored that our books have received the Gold Triangle designation. Melanoma prevention is a cause in which we are both very passionate. We must do everything we can to educate and empower young people about the dangers of UV radiation because through knowledge and prevention, we can save lives,” said Maguire-Eisen.

During the convention, Maguire-Eisen was honored with a second award, the President’s Award, given by the Dermatology Nurses Association (DNA) for exceptional dedication and service to the DNA. Maguire-Eisen was selected among 4,000 DNA members by Karrie Fairbrother, RN, BSN, DNC, president of the DNA.

Maguire-Eisen continued, “I’d also like to thank the DNA for honoring me with the President’s Award. It was quite a surprise and I’m flattered to have been recognized for my contributions to the organization.”

Maguire-Eisen who is a resident of Hingham, was also recently nominated for the town’s “Citizen of the Year” award.

About the Books

Pretty Prom: Your Skin is Pretty Too tells the story of Katie who finds out the sad facts of tanning salons while getting ready for prom night. It is written for preteens and teens to educate them about premature aging and skin cancers caused by tanning. Lake Vacation is for children ages 6-10 and is the story of Hunter and Caitlin learning the importance of sun protection while enjoying the outdoors. This book teaches the five easy steps of being SunAWARE. The Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation recently distributed $5,000 worth of these two books to the DNA for educational purposes. Funds to do so were provided from the Ride for Melanoma event that was held in June 2008. Both books are available for purchase at www.coolibar.com.

Each year, the Gold Triangle Awards recognize and honor media, industry, health community organizations, public service and individual efforts that further understanding of dermatologic issues and encourage healthy behaviors in the care of the skin, hair and nails. This year marks the 12th Annual Gold Triangle Awards. For more information visit http://www.aad.org.

About Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation

The Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation, located in Hingham, Mass., is a non-profit educational foundation established in 2003 to deliver a comprehensive sun safety and melanoma awareness program, free of charge, to school children in Massachusetts. The Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation was created to aggressively focus attention on the need to teach “prevention” or “sun protection” to children and their caregivers. The foundation’s SunAWARE School Program is delivered to children in elementary and secondary schools in Massachusetts For more information, contact 781-875-1SPF (1773) or visit www.melanomaprevention.org.

About Coolibar

Based in Minneapolis, Coolibar was founded in 2001 to bring Australia’s world-leading approaches to sun protection to the American market. Now, Coolibar is the most recommended and tested sun protective clothing company in the United States. Dedicated to the highest quality sun protective clothing, hats and accessories, Coolibar guarantees 50+ UPF ratings for their products’ entire life cycles. The company has extensively redesigned sun protective clothing styles to meet the tastes and needs of active, fashion- and health-conscious American families. For information about Coolibar, go to www.coolibar.com or call 1-800-926-6509.

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