Another Year in The Books

We’ve officially wrapped up one more year of Destination: Healthy Skin! Our last 2018 event was in Portland, Maine on August 12. Ending our annual road trip is always a little bittersweet: As much as we wish we could stay on the road all year it’s time to come home, give our RV a rest and start planning for next year’s journey. But before we close the books on 2018, we’d like to take a last look back and remember all the exciting places we went, the wonderful people we met and the moving stories we heard.

Kids Table
In Dallas: Some of our littlest supporters coloring pictures depicting what a sun safe day looks like.

This year’s program was tremendously successful in terms of how many people we were able to reach with free skin exams, sunscreen samples and educational information. Over the course of three months, the Destination: Healthy Skin RV traveled more than 12,000 miles around the country, stopping in 18 communities. Fifty-three volunteer dermatologists from these communities performed 1,243 skin exams.  About 60 percent of the people we served had never seen a dermatologist for a screening before. The physicians identified 356 potential skin cancers and precancers, including 19 suspected melanomas.

The physicians identified 356 potential skin cancers and precancers, including 19 suspected melanomas.

These numbers could never encapsulate, however, the many powerful stories we heard from people we met on our journey. Many participants had a personal experience with skin cancer, having either developed the disease themselves or watched a loved one go through treatment. Some folks said if it weren’t for Destination: Healthy Skin coming to their town, they would never have gotten a skin exam. We also heard from doctors who volunteered this summer, many of whom suspected they may have saved a life by performing screenings.

Dr D'Hue and patients
In Atlanta: Inside the RV, one of our volunteer dermatologists Gloria D’Hue, MD, greets participants waiting for screenings.

We’re so grateful for the support we received for Destination: Healthy Skin from our corporate partners and donors who responded to our Buy a Mile campaignThey helped keep this lifesaving program on the road.

It’s clear Destination: Healthy Skin made a difference this summer, and we can’t wait to get back on the road to provide more free screenings and educate people on the world’s most common cancer. We’re already planning next year’s program, and we’d love to hear your input. Have a suggestion of where we should go? Email with your ideas!

Rams Cheerleaders
In Los Angeles: The LA Rams cheerleaders stopped by to chat with participants and pose for photos.
Umbrella sun shade
In Nashville: We loved meeting this Healthy Skin Champion who knows that umbrellas aren’t just for rainy days!