RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Medical Center’s The Skin Institute dermatologists put on an event to raise funds for sports teams, preschools, parks, and schools to have shade structures and trees.
The event was Thursday, June 17 at Arrowhead Country Club. Dr. Lycia Scott-Thornburg and the dermatology team at Rapid City Medical Center’s The Skin Institute presented “An Evening Made for Shade, ” benefitting the Made for Shade Foundation.
Made for Shade is a nonprofit foundation that exists to provide shade structures, tents, and trees to public schools, private schools, organizations, sports teams, and local parks.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States and worldwide. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. More than two people die of skin cancer in the U.S. every hour. Having five or more sunburns doubles your risk for melanoma.
When detected early, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 99 percent.
As a dermatologist, Dr. Scott-Thornburg seeks to raise awareness about sun protection and early childhood prevention of sunburn. Shade structures, trees, and tents on parks or playgrounds allow for relief and safety during play.
The event included drinks, food, silent auction, and a raffle donated by Riddles Jewelry.