We’ve officially wrapped up one more year of Destination: Healthy Skin! Our last 2019 event was in Greenwich, CT on August 11. Ending our annual road trip is always 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 2019, 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.
It’s been a busy and successful summer! We’ve traveled 10,000 miles around the country, providing more than 1,800 free skin cancer screenings along with educational and sun protection products and information to thousands more people in 18 cities.
Our volunteer dermatologists identified more than 578 potential skin cancers and precancers, including 40 suspected melanomas.
These powerful numbers are only part of the story. Perhaps even more significant, many of the people we’ve met have told us that if it weren’t for Destination: Healthy Skin coming to town, they would never have gotten a skin exam. And, we’ve heard from a number of volunteer doctors who suspect that by performing these free screenings, they may have saved a life.
Overview: We kicked off in New York City on May 13, with two full days of skin cancer screenings, education and giveaways before heading to Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Arizona. We finished the month of June traveling along the beautiful California coast and headed east to Salt Lake City, Utah and Denver, Colorado, where we were visited by the USA Boxing High Performance/National Team. On July 15, we passed the halfway point in the journey, with more than 1,100 screenings in the books. From there, we traveled back east, stopping in Chicago, Indianapolis, Louisville and Nashville before heading to our final event.
Highlights: Our Kid’s Corner, with its sun-safety education and fun activities is a big hit everywhere we travel! In Austin, Miss Texas International stopped by to get her skin checked and delivered a very important message about skin cancer early detection. It’s a message that seems to be spreading far and wide! Our event manager Amy has seen a steady stream of people in every city, eager to learn more about sun protection and the early warning signs of skin cancer.
There’s still time to be part of the journey! Every mile we travel makes a difference in the fight against skin cancer. Your gift of just $15 buys a mile, to keep this lifesaving program going strong.
For those of you who have already bought a mile, here’s a BIG “thank you” from all of us:
Here are some of our favorite photos so far!