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USATF, ACS promote the Summer of Sun Safety

6/22/2018
 

DES MOINES, Iowa – USA Track & Field (USATF) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) are teaming up to support sun safety, fight cancer, and raise money for cancer programs and research as part of the Summer of Sun Safety.


Fans attending key USATF events in the summer of 2018 and those following USATF social media channels will be encouraged to Text-to-Give to support the fight against cancer. Texting LIFE to 20222 will donate $10 to the American Cancer Society. (A one-time donation of $10.00 will be added to your mobile phone bill. All donations must be authorized by the account holder. Message & Data Rates May Apply.)


USATF’s summer of 2018 national competition gets in full swing this week at the USATF Outdoor Championships, June 21-24 in Des Moines, and continues with the USATF National Youth Championships June 26-July 1 in Rochester, NY; the USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Outdoor Track & Field Championships July 23-29 in Greensboro, N.C.; and the USATF Masters Outdoor Championships July 26-29 in Spokane, WA.


In a sport where athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and fans spend long hours in the sun, aligning with ACS to promote sun protection and skin cancer awareness is a natural fit.


Skin cancer is by far the most common cancer in the U.S. Every year, more than 5 million non-melanoma skin cancers are diagnosed. And, in 2018 alone, an estimated 91,270 cases of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer will be diagnosed. Many skin cancers could be prevented by protecting skin from excessive outdoor sun exposure and by avoiding indoor tanning. Learn more about skin cancer and how to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun at cancer.org/skincancer


TEXT TO GIVE: To donate to the American Cancer Society as part of the Summer of Sun Safety, text LIFE to 20222 to donate $10 to the American Cancer Society. (A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. All donations must be authorized by the account holder. Message & Data Rates May Apply.)




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