Tabor's new sunscreen dispensers help fight melanoma

By Georgia Sparling | Jul 22, 2016
Courtesy of: Tabor Academy Summer Program Director Bobbi Krein poses with one of two new sunscreen dispensers donated by the Melanoma Foundation of New England.

Marion — Tabor Academy’s summer program already emphasizes the use of sunscreen, but two new dispensers are helping to encourage kids and counselors to reapply often.

The school recently received two sunscreen dispensers through the Melanoma Foundation of New England’s Practice Safe Skin program.

“All of our counselors carry sunscreen, we ask that our campers carry sunscreen, but to have them in places where they can use in passing” is key, said Tabor Academy Summer Program Director Bobbi Krein.

According to the foundation, the number of people diagnosed with melanoma is rising faster than any other cancer, with one person dying from the disease every 50 minutes. To reduce the risk, this year, the Practice Safe Skin program expanded to 54 new locations in 12 states, totaling 190 new dispensers.

“We hope sunscreen dispensers will become as commonplace as hand sanitizers over the next few years,” said MFNE Executive Director Deb Girard.

Tabor installed one of its new dispensers near the waterfront and the other by the field house where morning meetings are held. In addition to the self-standing dispensers, the donation included four, 1,000-milliliter bags of all-natural SPF 30 sunscreen containing titanium and zinc.

“It’s really convenient for campers who forgot to apply sunscreen or to reload,” said Krein. “We’re starting this year with two, and we will likely purchase more for next summer and spread them out around campus.”

To make a donation or to purchase a dispenser bundle, which costs $400 and includes sunscreen and a pole, visit mfne.org/practice-safe-skin.

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