Have you ever heard of UV SKINZ? May is Skin cancer Awareness Month. This is a great company I came across, and have been blessed to hear the story of the company, and the heart of the founder. The company was established after Rhonda Sparks, the Founder and President, lost her husband to skin cancer when he was just 32 years old in 2001. This sparked Rhonda's passion to raise awareness and educate others about sun protection, but never losing sight of how valuable it is to PLAY and HAVE FUN outdoors! Look at these:
Adorable. We recently got a kid's shirt and a hat. And I cannot wait to have the boys try it. The point of this clothing line is to protect kids from the sun. And they can swim in them! I know I hate trying to slather the kids with sunscreen on those long days out in the sun.
In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month, UV Skinz is promoting awareness of sun protection and skin cancer prevention by donating up to 3000 Baby Skinz swim shirts; UV Skinz will ship a free Baby Skinz swim shirt with every order placed in May.
“The intent is for customers to ‘pay it forward,’” says Rhonda Sparks. “We hope clients will donate the Baby Skinz to a charitable cause such as a women’s shelter, YMCA or even a neighbor in need. We want to get as many children covered as we can and with each donation, we hope to raise the level of awareness that much more.” Each May shipment will contain a free UV Baby Skinz along with a flyer encouraging customers to pass along the Baby Skinz to a chosen cause. UV Skinz was able to give away about 1,850 swim shirts for the May 2008 Skin Cancer Awareness promotion. The company’s goal this year is to nearly double that as supplies allow.
Babies under age six months should not be in the sun at all. Most pediatricians recommend no direct sunlight exposure for infants within the first few years. However, most infants older than six months regularly spend some time outdoors, even if just for walks in a stroller, and should be sun protected from head to toe. Protecting babies’ skin, regardless of the season, is essential to good skin health and safe sun exposure into adulthood.
The National Cancer Institute reports that many common cancer rates are falling, but melanoma rates within the U.S. continue to grow at an alarming rate. Sparks implores parents to cover their children to prevent them from becoming the one in five Americans who will develop skin cancer. “I am doing all that I can to protect my children from suffering the same fate their Father suffered when we lost him to melanoma. I hope our Baby Skinz donation program will prevent more families from being impacted by this devastating disease.”
An important part of skin cancer prevention is creating awareness. Creating awareness is all about saving our children's lives in the future. Skin cancer is more than 90% preventable with the write education and awareness. We need you to help us spread the word about Skin Cancer Awareness Month and the "I Saved a Baby's Skin Today" UV Skinz blog campaign!
UV Skinz is giving all bloggers a special discount code to use at our online store! At checkout enter the code: MOMBLOGS15 and SAVE 15% (as long as you are a participating blogger it doesn't matter if you aren't a Mom )
Check them out, and support this great cause!