Community Collaboration: Healthy Skin for Kids!

I recently teamed up with Laura L. Mays, PA-C of Mid-Florida Dermatology Associates to produce an educational web site for parents and kids about melanoma and healthy skin practices, such as how to check your "spots" and the importance of sunblock, hats and sunglasses.

Melanoma and skin health is an issue near to my heart and I couldn't be happier to be part of Laura's team.

Laura has over 14 years of health care experience with 10 years specializing in dermatology. She specializes in moles/melanoma and skin cancer screenings.

In 1997, during her sister's battle with melanoma, she created the Cynthia M. Disman Melanoma Initiative, a non-profit organization that focuses on melanoma awareness and fund raising.

Currently, Laura is working with lobbyists to pass "Cindy's Safe Sun Bill." She wrote the bill to ensure that all Florida school children be educated on moles, melanoma, skin cancer, and sun protection every year. Because of her efforts in the Florida Senate SB 772 (Effective July 1, 2006) states that every child in Florida is entitled to use sun protective items (sun block, hats, etc) when outdoors on campus. Previously children were not allowed to wear these items while outdoors on campus.

Stay tuned for more great things from this crusader!