The most deadly form of skin cancer, melanoma can be prevented by staying
covered. That means applying sunscreen generously and often, wearing protective
clothing and avoiding excess sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Protection from the sun is especially important for babies and children,
who are much more sensitive to the sun than adults. That is why Good Samaritan
has taken the initiative to protect area children from the sun by providing
free sunscreen at Rainbow Beach Aquatic Center in Vincennes and North
Knox Swimland in Bicknell.
Susan Yochum, RN, Wellness Nurse at Good Samaritan brought the need for
sunscreen to the attention of Gary Hackney, Director of Foundation and
Beth Glemser, RN, Director of Oncology. Together they decided that sunscreen,
a proven skin cancer prevention measure, was needed at the local swimming
parks. Glemser decided that the expense of sunscreen dispensers could
be purchased with her department’s Cancer Initiatives Fund for each location.
With the help of Steve Beaman, Vincennes Parks Department Superintendent,
the group found a supplier that would provide free dispensers with the
purchase of sunscreen. “Using sunscreen regularly can decrease a
person’s chance of cancer dramatically,” stated Glemser. “We
wanted to ensure that every person visiting the local swimming parks had
access to free sunscreen since it is a vital part of keeping your skin
Free sunscreen dispensers have been installed at Rainbow Beach in Vincennes
and Swimland in Bicknell. The easy-to-use devices are perfect for all
visitors at any age. “This is a great example of our organization
seeing a need, working together with the community, and doing what is
necessary to quickly meet the need,” added Hackney. “The Good
Samaritan Foundation would not be able to provide this type of support
without the efforts of our generous donors.”
If you would like to show your support for the community and Good Samaritan,
please contact Gary Hackney at 812-885-3377 or by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also make online donations by visiting www.gshvin.org.