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    Mon, 10 Jun 2013 15:20:04

    The T.J. Martell Foundation to Offer Skin Cancer Prevention Tips at Bonnaroo - Bring your sunblock and learn!

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    Skin cancer is a prevalent form of the disease, and if you are spending time outside at summer festivals and not slathered in sunblock, you, too, are at risk.

    That's why The T.J. Martell Foundation, the music industry's largest foundation that supports leukemia, cancer and AIDS research, will be part of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 13 through June 16, 2013 in Manchester, Tennessee. The Foundation's tent will be located in Planet Roo, the non-profit village on the Bonnaroo Festival campus.

    Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to stop by the T.J. Martell Foundation's booth and learn about skin cancer prevention and awareness, an important platform for patrons who will be out in the sun throughout the festival. "Unfortunately, people don't usually think about skin cancer while they are in the sun and having a fun time," said Laura Heatherly, CEO of the Foundation. "We hope that our presence will remind people to protect themselves from the sun."

    True dat! The TJMF is educating people through a musical event! We love when information is shared this way. It's brilliant.

    During Bonnaroo, in the Planet Roo non-profit village, a special workshop on Sunday, June 16 at 11:30 AM will feature Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, MD, Co-Founder/Medical Director of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, an organization that works in partnership with the T.J. Martell Foundation. Dr. Kapoor's workshop will focus on skin cancer prevention, self-detection and when to seek advice from a doctor. He will go through the types of skin cancer, who is more at risk and focus on the most deadly form of skin cancer, Melanoma, which can be lethal. Informational pamphlets from the American Dermatology Society that highlights a free program/website for the SPOT program will be distributed.

    The T.J. Martell Foundation encourages festival attendees to stop by Planet Roo and learn more about cancer awareness and prevention.

    If you go to an outdoor festival this summer - SLATHER YOURSELF WITH SUNBLOCK! Bring a spray can of the stuff, too. Do not go to a fest sans sunblock. We implore you. Your skin will thank you. And us.

    For more info, visit http://www.bonnaroo.com/.

    What summer festivals do you plan to hit this summer?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.10.13



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