"Driving" Melanoma Awareness Home!
Organized by: Kristi Donahue
My name is Kristi and 3 years ago I was diagnosed with stage1 Melanoma. I knew nothing about this disease at the time. I had a pretty big surgery on my neck to remove the tumor (mole),and have since healed physically. In the past 3 years,I have learned SO much about this sneaky,ruthless ,and deadly disease; however, I have come to the startling conclusion,that there are very few out there that know anything, or in many cases even willing to learn. The lack of education and awareness out there, as well as our own personal vanity, is the number 1 reason that Melanoma has taken to to drivers seat as being the fastest growing cancer in the US and Nationwide. People under 30 is increasing faster than any other demographic group, as well as rapidly rising amounts of pediatric cases.. While the incidence of all the other cancers are on the decline, melanoma is the only cancer that is rapidly increasing in numbers, at an epidemic level.
I am a barber in Ladera Ranch Ca. and since my diagnosis have made it my mission to make my station be a "platform " for education. I have it covered in all Melanoma awareness and education. I hand out sunscreen samples , dermatologist cards to several local ones, and I hand out books that i order regularly from the National Cancer foundation..I have also ordered a lot of info material from the Melanoma Research Foundation to hand out as well, using the cards from them as my business card ;). In my barber chair I have helped to spot Melanoma on two different customers as well as through my FB had yet another person get checked and diagnosed with Melanoma. My Facebook is also 100% awareness and education, as I share stories of Real People daily, both Angels and Warriors, and am dedicated to using fb as a vessel to reach as far as i can.
This brings me to my exciting new project that i so desperately want to do. It is so important to me to educate and make people aware EVERYWHERE I go and get them to learn about this horrific disease. Facebook, and the barber shop are just not enough for me, so I want to transform my car into a rolling Public Service Announcement.. I want to make sure that EVERY inch of useable space on my car is sharing facts,helpful slogans,(photos,or scenes) of all the places that we are exposed to UV rays. For example, the baseball field (all outdoor sports), Tanning Bed, Beach/pool,kids playing outside,and as basic as driving. I will add the link to the AMAZING short PSA "Dear 16 year old me" ,as well as my FB link..I want it to be LOUD, impactful,and educational! I want people no matter where I go, or park to see the word Melanoma ,and be so interested in this word that they have known little to nothing about for years, want to know more...I want everyone that i pass by, or that passes me by, to take in any little tidbit of info that they would NOT have known before...I want this disease to STOP and we DESPERATELY need to SPREAD AWARENESS, so that this vicious beast gets a cure, and we stop losing these YOUNG beautiful people. I want to OPEN eyes that would not have even given the word melanoma a second thought...I am determined to use every single part of my life in raising awareness, and open eyes in every way that i can. Please help me to do this. Your donation will help fund my Mobile Melanoma Public Service Announcement , and allow me to reach so much farther then i thought possible. Together we can “drive “ this beast into the ground!
Please feel free to visit me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristi.nyhuis?fref=ts&ref=br_tf (Kristi Donahue)