RFL Training Plan: Mission Integration

In the end, all we do for the American Cancer Society revolves around…... MISSION. 

As Relayers, everything we do, everything we fight for, everything we believe in, stems from the heart and soul of the American Cancer Society’s mission statement. “Save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer” is the common goal that we’re all working towards.

Every American Cancer Society (ACS) volunteer is directly supporting the mission of the organization, and we should be proud and eager to speak freely about the ways ACS carries out its mission. When your participants understand how their donations are being used, they’re much more likely to fundraise. Familiarize yourself with the graphic below that explains exactly how ACS uses donor dollars:

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Our role as ACS volunteers is to be able to integrate mission into everything we do, so that we bring the heart of the organization to the forefront of our participants’ mind. Mission can range from several different concepts that we may not recognize as mission at first. Because mission is so versatile, there are many ways we can think of mission and incorporate it into our Relay endeavors throughout the year. Here, I'll give ideas on ways you can integrate mission more  on your campuses so that you can educate your campus about the heart of ACS.

  • Mission Moments: at your committee meetings, kick things off by reminding your board/committee what ACS is all about. This can be done in several different ways. One easy way is to share cancer statistics pertaining to the cancer of the month, or sharing anything relevant happening in the cancer world such as breakthroughs in research or new facts. This information can be found on www.cancer.org or on the ACS YouTube channel as well! Another great and extremely personal version of Mission Moments is sharing our own stories with cancer in our lives. Have a committee member start a meeting off by explaining why they Relay and what this organization means to them. Not only is this a tangible and relatable way to understand what Relay means to someone else, but it also induces team bonding and brings Mission to the forefront of the meeting to start with!

  • Mission in Canning: A great way to integrate mission into canning is by using facts and statistics in a unique and clever way. One way is to wear neck signs that you make yourself to promote statistics. One could read “⅓ women and ½ men will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Ask me how we can make that 0/3 women and 0/2 men” or another could read “I can't take off this sign until I raise $500, ask me why!” These are attention grabbing signs that'll bring people in to talk to you, which will give you the opportunity to share the mission of ACS and talk about why you Relay! Be sure to go canning wherever you can, be that in front of local businesses, in your dorm building, or anywhere on campus!

    • A clever way I've seen a friend fundraise is to can with a guitar! For every $10 raised for ACS, a Road to Recovery ride can be funded! So for every $10 he raised, he'd perform a song! This is a cool way to draw in attention while adding in an aspect of mission, which in this case is Road To Recovery rides! If you aren't as musically talented, see if you can bring a talented friend with you to tag team this approach, having one person perform while the other talks about Relay and ACS’ mission!

  • “Why I Relay Wednesday”: While social media can often be seen as distracting for the plethora of memes to be seen online (guilty), it can also be a pretty amazing plug for Relay promotions as well!

    • One phenomenal way to promote Relay is to join the “Why I Relay Wednesday” movement! Every Wednesday, you post a picture or status or tweet explaining why you Relay! It can be for a loved one, for more cancer research grants, for a certain statistic (I Relay so that testicular cancer survival rates go from 95% to 100%), for a cancer free future, or literally anything at all! At the end of the post, you use the hashtag #WhyIRelayWednesday, so that nationwide we see a collection of pictures and posts all connected by this hashtag, bringing together the Relay world while promoting mission on social media. This is a great way to share the mission of ACS and your personal story to your social media followers who may not be as familiar with Relay as you are, while having the opportunity to create an international network of Relayers who share their love for this organization!

  • Use the Cancer Ed Toolkit to your advantage: The Cancer Ed Toolkit is filled with tons of creative and fun ideas to bring to your campus in order to raise awareness of specific types of cancers! Be sure to check out this month by month guide for a detailed list of mission related ideas to bring to your campus!

  • An important distinction between Relay and other cancer fighting events is how the money raised is used in two important ways. Relay dollars invest in a future without cancer by funding research, but they also help cancer patients who are battling right now. Highlight the various programs offered by ACS to support patients and their families: Many participants aren’t aware of the various programs that are offered by the American Cancer Society to support patients and their families. On social media, through committee meetings, and through events and programming, be sure to highlight these important programs so that people learn the mission goes beyond saving lives through research, but also through supporting lives through these programs!

    • Road To Recovery:

    • 24/7 Cancer Hotline:

    • Hope Lodges:

    • Look Good Feel Better:

Remember that isn't an end-all-be-all list of things you can do on your campus! This is just to get the gears turning and to provide kickstarting ideas of how to smoothly integrate mission into everything you do on your campuses to really bring the heart and soul of Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society to the forefront of your campaign!

List of online resources

Cancer Education: 3 Tips for Staying Healthy

We all view cancer as an awful disease, a disease that is totally out of our control. We may not be doctors, conducting research to find a cure, but we are Relayers, raising money, and doing our part to help.

But we can do more than that. As individuals, we can follow a few simple guidelines to keep ourselves healthy, and at the lowest risk for getting cancer. Some of these tips may seem more obvious than others, but I feel that they are all beneficial. It is important for all of us to remind ourselves of the small steps we can take each day to keep ourselves healthy.

1.  Sun Protection!

  • Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer, and there is so much we can do to keep our body safe from the sun. We all love a good beach day, but your long-term health is much more important than getting as tan. USE SUNSCREEN! Remember to reapply frequently, especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., when the sun’s rays are strongest. However, ultraviolet radiation doesn’t just come from the sun. It comes from tanning beds as well, so it is your best option to avoid using them. Studies have indicated that too much sun exposure is strongly linked to basal and squamous cell skin cancer and melanoma. Make sure to self-examine your skin regularly, and consult a doctor if you find something concerning. If you have a mole, keep the ABCDE rule in mind: A is for asymmetry, B is for border, C is for color, D is for diameter, and E is for evolving.

2. Maintain a healthy diet, and exercise often!

  • Staying active and eating healthy can make a big difference in lowering your risk for cancer, in addition to many other diseases. Being overweight can increase cancer risk because excess weight leads to increased estrogen and insulin production, which are hormones that can cause cancer growth. As far as a diet, you should strive to eat at least 2.5 cups of vegetables and fruits each day, choose whole grains rather than refined grain products, and avoid eating too much red meat and processed meat.

3. Visit your doctor on a regular basis for screenings!

  • Many people may be nervous to visit the doctor to get a test done. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry! If you find a lump or mole that you are concerned about, it’s your best bet to just check in with the doctor. Additionally, it is a good idea for men and women to get tested for colon cancer starting at age 50. Women are encouraged to get yearly mammograms starting at the age of 45. Although it may be nerve-wracking to get these tests done, they are very common, and if any sign of cancer is found, it could save your life. Early detection is key. Make sure to schedule tests for yourself, but also encourage loved ones to do the same.

These are just three small ways that you can keep your body healthy, and at low risk for getting cancer. Also, be sure to check out these the American Cancer Society’s website with additional ways to stay healthy: https://www.cancer.org/healthy.html. Thanks for reading!

Blog by Olivia Spar of the Southeast Region Campus Leadership Team.

Lung, Bladder & Pancreatic Cancer

Blog by Will P. of the Southeastern Region Campus Leadership Team

For the past several weeks, I have been working on organizing an “Amazing Relayer” fundraiser on Lafayette’s campus. The concept for the fundraiser is similar to the show, The Amazing Race, as participants in both race to complete activities in order to win. The idea of doing it as a Relay For Life fundraiser started (as far as I know) at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and I have been basing my event off of theirs.

I wanted our event to be fun and enticing, obviously, but I also wanted to use it as a form of cancer education. I wanted to help spread cancer facts that most people are unaware of, even though they are important in terms of risk factors and prevention for different types of cancer.  In my research for the event, I came across some facts and information that even I was unaware of, so I thought it would be beneficial and interesting to share some of these facts, as well as other lesser-known tidbits, with the rest of the Campus Relay World. 

Everyone knows that smoking is a major cause of lung cancer, but there’s actually a lot more to it than that. I mean A LOT more to it. To start, smoking isn’t just connected to lung cancer. It is also strongly connected to esophagus, larynx, mouth, throat, kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas, stomach, cervix, colon and rectum cancers. 

Building off of that, lung cancer is not just caused by smoking. In fact, roughly 20,000 people die of lung cancer every year after never touching a cigarette. There is an unfortunate stigma surrounding lung cancer where people believe that everyone who has lung cancer smoked, and therefore they brought it upon themselves. Lung cancer is also one of the least funded types of cancers, in part due to this stigma. Organizations like the American Lung Association and Lung Cancer Alliance are working to dispel this stigma. The second leading cause of lung cancer, which most people are unaware of, is exposure to radon, which is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, and radioactive gas. The only way to know of the presence of radon is to test for it, which can actually be done fairly easily. You can buy tests online and have results within 1-2 weeks. 

Moving on, I found that pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates. The risk factors for pancreatic cancer aren’t unusual. Smoking, older age, obesity, genetics and diabetes top most lists for risk factors, and yet all have been linked to many different types of cancer. Different diseases, like pancreatitis, have sometimes been linked to pancreatic cancer as well. Ninety-five percent of all pancreatic cancers begin in exocrine cells, which produce digestive enzymes, and the other five percent start in endocrine cells, which produce hormones. Because pancreatic cancer can start in either type of cell, and the cells have completely different functions, the symptoms for the two types of pancreatic cancer are very different. Jaundice, weight loss and back and abdomen pain are a few common symptoms for cancer that starts in the exocrine cells. Sweating, rapid heart rate, and nausea are just a few symptoms for cancer that starts in the endocrine cells. 

Another interesting thing I learned was about bladder cancer. It doesn’t create the kind of buzz that lung and breast cancers do, yet it is one of the most common types of cancer in the United States. Although it can be hard to determine the cause, bladder cancer is many times caused by parasitic infection or environmental issues. One example of an environmental issue is arsenic in a water supply. There is strong evidence that relates arsenic exposure to bladder cancer. This, like radon, can also be tested for with some fairly inexpensive tests that can be purchased online. 

Now here are some shorter, but still not well known, cancer facts:

  • A study released a few years ago illustrated that sleep deprivation could lead to more polyps in a person’s colon and an increased cancer risk.

  • According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, there are more skin cancer cases due to indoor tanning (419,000) than lung cancer cases due to smoking.

  • For most cases of liver cancer, the cause is unknown.

  • Testicular cancer has the highest survival rate, while pancreatic has the lowest.

  • Certain trained dogs have been able to smell cancers! Seriously. MIND. BLOWN. And they’re accurate about 90-95% of the time, which is better than some lab tests. Get it? Lab? Because of some dogs… Nevermind. It’s a real statistic.

Well, I hope this blog has taught you something about cancer that you didn’t know before. If you have any questions about specific facts or statistics, or are interested in also doing an “Amazing Relayer” fundraiser, let me know. Shoot me an email at pfadenwill@gmail.com. 

Sources: American Cancer Society, NIH National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research UK, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Skin Cancer Foundation, CNN.

Breast Cancer Awareness Celebration

Campus Relay's Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness

Happy Halloween! It’s crazy to see that October is already over. It’s been incredibly inspiring and exciting to see SO many campuses participate in Breast Cancer Awareness month and put on amazing events on their campuses! In this blog post, we’ll be featuring all the awesome things you guys did all throughout the month of October to raise awareness! Make sure you check out the pictures at the bottom of this post.

Northwestern University

At Northwestern University, they participated in Making Strides of Park Ridge by tabling at the ACS CAN tent all morning, getting over 100 petitions signed at the event. On campus, they guarded “The Rock” for 24 hours and then painted it pink to raise awareness on campus for not only breast cancer, but also Relay For Life as an organization. They also partnered with their Zeta Tau Alpha chapter and passed out pink ribbons for students to pin onto their backpacks. Way to go Northwestern!

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

At he University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, they hosted a Pink Week on their campus quad, where they sold both short sleeve and long sleeve shirts the entire week to raise money for their CAC chapter. They also had tons of information and activities about breast cancer screenings and prevention! Amazing work UofI!!

University of Georgia

Relay For Life of The University of Georgia hosted a Pink Out Tailgate where they handed out tons of pink treats while educating students on breast cancer statistics and facts! Way to go, UGA!

University of Wisconsin, Madison

At UW-Madison, they hosted an awesome Breast Fest Week, which included a fall kickoff, a breast cancer panel, a bros in bras event, a balloon release, and an event reminding loved ones to schedule their mammograms. They also hosted a fall luminaria ceremony as a big part of their week! Congrats on an amazing Breast Fest Week, UW-Madison!

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

ACPHS Relay For Life decorated their student center with various pink decorations to amp up the excitement for Making Strides in Albany. They also held a Think Pink Party, which had Basket-Bra, Plinko, raffles, and a pink bake sale which raised $500! They also had a penny wars competition between the male faculty members on who would wear a pink mullet wig for a day to raise awareness for the Real Men Wear Pink Challenge, which raised $50! Finally, students, faculty, and staff came together and participated in their local Making Strides event and raised $4,463.49. Amazing work ACPHS!

DePaul University

At DePaul University, the CAC chapter volunteered at their Making Strides event in Chicago as ACS CAN reps and as cheerleaders. They also hosted an events with their activities board where students can decorated ribbon shaped cookies and take pictures with a giant pink chair. Breast cancer informational material and pink ribbons were also handed out. Awesome work DePaul!

Eastlake High School

At Eastlake High School, they created crowd boards for the student section to hold that created the image of a pink ribbon. They also tabled at lunch periods and asked students to text two women in their life asking them to get their annual mammogram. They also made cards for all of their female faculty members reminding them to get their mammograms as well. Amazing work Eastlake!

University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater hosted a Bros in Bras event on their campus, and collected donations for Relay For Life of UW-Whitewater while passing out baked goods! Great work UW-Whitewater!

Ohio State University

At The Ohio State University, the Relayers put on a pink week, which featured bra pong, and tons of information pertaining to breast cancer awareness. Great work OSU!

SUNY Geneseo

SUNY Geneseo put on Breast Week Ever on their campus, where they provided information on mammograms, had a pink pumpkin painting day, played bra pong, sold tee shirts, passed out ribbons, and held a dodgeball tournament. They also participated in their local Making Strides Event! What a phenomenal week for SUNY Geneseo!

Thank you to ALL the schools that participated in Breast Cancer Awareness month this October and did your part to help raise awareness on your campuses! Although October may be over now, our campaigns to raise awareness on our campuses never end! Be sure to take all the amazing work you did this month and carry it over to the months to come! 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Hey Campus Relayers!

As you all know, October is here and that means the cancer of the month is breast cancer! Breast Cancer is one of the better known cancers in the country, as one in eight women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer in their lifetimes. It is predicted that nearly 250,000 new cases of breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in 2016, and that 40,000 women will die of breast cancer in 2016. 

A lot of Campus Relayers all over the country have had experiences with breast cancer in their life, whether it is a mother, a sister, an aunt, a grandmother, a friend, or any woman in your life, breast cancer has affected many of us across the globe in different ways, shapes, and forms.

Although breast cancer has affected so many loved ones in our lives, there’s a lot to celebrate! Since 1989, death rates due to breast cancer have been dropping more and more each year, due to advances in medical technology and prevention techniques that the American Cancer Society has done a tremendous job of educating people about. At this time, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and that’s something truly remarkable.

That’s why this October, we’re going to celebrate together, as a nationwide campus movement. This year we’re launch our first ever Breast Cancer Awareness Celebration Week! Participating in this celebration is super easy and will be tons of fun, and this is how it’s going to work:

Campuses (that’s you guys!) will be putting on Breast Cancer Awareness events on your campuses! Whether you hand out mammogram reminder postcards on National Mammography Day, table on your campus with a bra pong booth, hand out pink ribbons or pink Relay tshirts, or whatever other way you choose to promote Breast Cancer Awareness on your campus, we want to see what you’re doing! We ask that you send us videos and pictures of the events that you host on your campus, describe what the event is, the impact it had on your campus/how many people were involved, and the name of your school! We ask that you send these in by Saturday, October 22nd at the latest!

Then, from October 24th to October 31st, we will have our Breast Cancer Awareness Celebration Week! Through Facebook posts, Instagram pictures, and blog posts on our Campus Relay Website, we will be featuring and spotlighting all the schools that participated in the event so that the entire country can see the amazing work that you’ve done on your campus to raise awareness for breast cancer!

To help you guys out in the planning of your Breast Cancer Awareness events, we at the National Campus Leadership Team have created a special resource that we are launching out called the Cancer Education Toolkit! This toolkit is a month by month guide filled with ideas, graphics, and other resources that pertain specifically to that month’s specific cancer. Here is the link the October Guide of the Cancer Ed. Toolkit, which should help plenty if you’re stuck on coming up with ideas to raise awareness on your campus! 

Best of luck in all of your Breast Cancer Awareness events! We can’t wait to see what you do to raise awareness on your campuses!
 

Blog by: Jazib Gohar, NCLT- Cancer Education Chair

ACS CAN Lobby Day 2016

Every year, hundreds of American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network staff partners and volunteers travel to Washington, D.C. for the annual Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. The goal is always the same: meet with our nation's lawmakers to share personal stories and ask that they make the fight against cancer a national priority. However, each year presents different challenges and objectives. 

This year, we will be calling on Congress to support three unique asks. 

First and foremost, ACS CAN volunteers are requesting an increase in cancer research funding. We have proposed a $680 million increase for the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Current projects are seeing great success in treating cancer, but hundreds of researchers are forced to abandon their groundbreaking work due to a lack of funding. As the incidences of cancer are projected to increase dramatically over the next decade, this ask is crucial. It is important to ride the momentum of current research projects and ensure new projects are properly funded.

Secondly, we are asking Congress to support the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act. This is more commonly referred to as the Quality of Life Bill. Individuals diagnosed with cancer are faced with fear of the unknown, effects of treatment, and lingering physical symptoms of survivorship. Palliative care is an extension of care, and when used in combination with curative treatment plans, it has been proven to be most effective for cancer patients and their families. Individuals affected by cancer deserve an organized plan of overall treatment and this bill will provide that. 

Lastly, volunteers will stress the importance to support the Removing Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screenings Act. Colorectal cancer is highly preventable with the help of screenings and removal of polyps. However, a loophole exists that leaves seniors on Medicare with a surprise bill if a polyp is found during a routine colonoscopy. We must better protect these individuals, while continuing to promote yearly colorectal cancer screenings. 

Each ask is a tall order in itself, but with personal stories, as well as the passionate staff partners and volunteers, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network is making great strides each year. It is our mission to further our success in the fight against cancer this week in Washington, D.C. at Leadership Summit and Lobby Day. 

Leadership Summit and Lobby Day were unlike any other event I have attended. On the first two days of our visit, over 700 volunteers from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam gathered to learn about the legislative asks and get prepared for the meetings with congressmen and women. Volunteers attended many breakout sessions where we split into groups based on experience and met peers from all walks of life. These meetings helped us gather stories to share with our lawmakers and bring back to our communities.

Lobby Day itself was a day full of emotions: power, hope, and a bit of nervousness. Meeting with lawmakers can be intimidating at first, but they turned out to be extremely receptive to all of our asks. Our personal stories helped bring reality to the legislation and proved our dedication to the cause. The day was busy and involved a lot of walking around and navigating the buildings, but was one of the most rewarding experiences we had all been a part of.

After Lobby Day, we were able to come back as a united front to share our lobbying stories. While varying states had different outcomes, no one felt defeated after leaving their meetings. We were all inspired and full of hope for the future after meeting with our lawmakers and sharing our stories. Some newcomers, like me, were able to witness the strong bonds that our veteran volunteers have developed with longstanding congressmen and women.

Lobby Day was an unforgettable experience that taught me so much about fellow volunteers, ACS CAN, and the policy aspect of healthcare legislation. Seeing so many dedicated volunteers come together for one cause is incredibly moving and inspiring. I believe all volunteers should have the opportunity to attend a local or federal Lobby Day and get motivated by volunteers near and far.

To get involved or learn more about ACS CAN and their mission, please visit acscan.org

Blog written by Allison Johnson (WRCLT) and Alessia Riccio (NRCLT)

Cancer Education: Sun Safety

With summer in full swing, we wanted to bring sun safety to your attention to make sure you know all the facts behind sun safety and so that you can take measures to protect yourself from the sun!

Why Sun Safety?

The big focus behind sun safety comes from UV (Ultraviolet) radiation. UV radiation comes mainly from the sun, but can also come from other sources like tanning beds. These UV rays, in excess and higher intensity, can damage the DNA in the cells in our body. Since UV rays cannot pass through the body, they radiate and damage our skin cells which causes skin cancer.

Basic Facts:

  • Skin cancer is a malignant tumor that develops from skin cells. Basal cell cancers start in the basal cells, and they’re the most common variation of skin cancer since they account for 80% of cases. Squamous cell skin cancers account for 20% of skin cases and start in the squamous cells.

  • Melanoma starts in the melanocytes, and these cells create melanin which gives skin its tan color. These tumors are usually black or brown and are most commonly found on the trunk (chest and back) in men, and on the legs in women.

  • The most common sign of skin cancer is an unusual sore, lump, blemish, marking, or change in a way an area of skin either looks or feels. The skin may become scaly or crusty or begin oozing or bleeding. Pain or discomfort are often involved as well and may not heal or get worse.

Studies of Sun Exposure:

Basal and squamous cell skin cancer, the most common types of skin cancer, and Melanoma are linked to sun related behaviors, such as:

  • Spending time in the sun for recreation (going to the beach)

  • Spending a lot of time in the sun in a swimsuit

  • Living in an area with high amount of sun

  • Suffered serious sunburns in the past

  • Having signs of sun damage to the skin, such as liver spots, rough skin patches, or thickened dry skin

 

Who is at risk?

  • People who get a lot of exposure to UV light are at greater risk for skin cancer; exposure at a young age is an added risk factor.

  • A person who has many moles is more likely to develop melanoma.

  • Whites with fair (light-colored) skin that freckles or burns easily are at especially high risk.

  • Melanoma risk is greater if one or more first-degree relatives (parent, sibling, or child) has had melanoma. Around 10% of all people with melanoma have a family history of the disease.

  • Men are about twice as likely as women to have basal cell cancers and about three times as likely to have squamous cell cancers of the skin. Before age 40, melanoma risk is higher for women; after age 40, the risk is higher in men.

  • Melanoma is 20 times more common in whites than in African Americans. Overall, the lifetime risk of getting melanoma is about 2% for whites, 0.1% for African Americans, and 0.5% for Hispanics.

What is the best way to protect yourself?

  • The “Slip! Slop! Slap! Wrap!” rules are the ones to follow:

    • Slip on a shit to cover your skin

    • Slop on some sunscreen of at least SPF 30 on all exposed skin

    • Slap on a hat to shade your face, ears, and neck

    • Wrap on a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes and the nearby skin

  • Always be sure to check your skin regularly! The sooner skin cancer is found, the chances are better for successful treatment.

    • Make sure to learn the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so you'll be well aware when there any changes.

    • Use a full length mirror in a well lit room, or a handheld mirror to examine the scalp, lower back, and other hard to see areas.

Ways to raise awareness on YOUR campus!

  • Do a “Slip, Slop, Slap, Wrap!” race for sun safety. Divide participants into groups of four people. On one side of the field, place one of each of the following items for each team: an oversized T-shirt for “Slip on a Shirt,” a hat for “Slap on a Hat,” a cup of sunscreen for “Slop on Sunscreen,” and a pair of sunglasses for “Wrap on Sunglasses.” Each team sends one player down the field to put on the appropriate item. That player then runs back and tags the next person on their team. The first team to “Slip, Slop, Slap, and Wrap” wins!

  • Carry black umbrellas with sun safety messages and skin cancer facts painted on them around campus.

  • Play Holey Moley! Paint a face on a board, cut holes for moles, and play cornhole. Incorporate the ABCDEs of cancerous moles by asking participants to state the ABCDEs – asymmetry, border, color, diameter, elevation – before each toss.

  • Hand out shade caps and sunscreen at outdoor athletic events.

  • Host a sunscreen Slip and Slide. Don't forget to provide goggles!

  • Create a skin cancer information quiz:

    • Give everyone three minutes to complete the quiz.

    • Go over the answers and give a prize to the person who gets the most right!

No matter how you choose to have in fun in the sun, make sure you’re taking the right precautions so that you’re protecting yourself! 

Questions or comments? Reach out to Jazib- NCLT Cancer Education Chair at jazibgohar2018@u.northwestern.edu.