Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care, Rotary Club of Concord Provide Free Sunscreen to Concord Community

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Published on June 12, 2019

Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care, Rotary Club of Concord Provide Free Sunscreen to Concord Community

Free sunscreen will be available to the Concord community at various locations this summer. Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer purchased multiple automatic sunscreen dispensers thanks to a grant from the Rotary Club of Concord.

The dispensers, which will provide natural SPF 30 sunscreen lotion, will be accessible at all seven of Concord’s parks with pools (Garrison, Keach, Kimball, Merrill, Rolfe, Rollins and White) when the pools open on June 16. This project is in collaboration with IMPACT Melanoma, a national non-profit organization dedicated to working to reduce the incidence of melanoma; as well as community partners Capital Area Wellness Coalition, and the Concord Parks and Recreation Department.

“Our goal is to have a positive impact on the health of our community by making sun protection convenient and readily available in high-traffic areas and outdoor spaces, like our community pools,” said Jody Blumberg, Director at Concord Hospital’s Payson Center. “Practicing sun-safe behaviors, such as sunscreen application that protects the skin from intense UV exposure, can help prevent skin cancers, including melanoma.”

“The Rotary Club of Concord is proud to support this project and provide this free resource to the community in places where sun exposure is prevalent,” said Rotary Club of Concord President-Elect Dr. Warren Emley. “As a retired physician, I have seen the firsthand effects of skin cancer and encourage everyone to use adequate sun protection. Data from the Department of Health and Human Services shows that Merrimack County has a higher rate of melanoma than the rest of the state, and we also have the highest sunburn prevalence, so having sunscreen readily available to our community is so important.”

“The Parks and Recreation Department is extremely grateful to the Payson Center for Cancer Care and the Rotary Club of Concord for providing these sunscreen dispensers at the City’s seven outdoor pools this summer," said David Gill the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of Concord. "These dispensers will allow everyone the ability to have free access to sunscreen.”

For more information on the hours and locations of the outdoor pools visit concordparksandrec.com.

About Payson Center for Cancer Care

Concord Hospital Payson Center for Cancer Care is accredited by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center and provides personalized treatment and support for cancer patients and their families, including radiation oncology, medical oncology, surgery, clinical trials, and all-encompassing support programs. To learn more, visit concordhospital.org.

About Rotary Club of Concord

Rotary, founded in 1905, is a worldwide service organization of over 1.2 million members. There are over 35,000 Rotary Clubs throughout the world in over 50 countries. Rotarians are committed to actively promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water and sanitation, save mothers and children, support education and grow local economies through community service projects and financial support both locally and worldwide. To learn more, visit rotary.org or concordnhrotary.org.

About IMPACT Melanoma 

IMPACT is a national non-profit organization dedicated to working to reduce the incidence of melanoma. Committed to skin cancer prevention and early detection, we provide a variety of award-winning programs which aim to raise awareness and educate the public about skin cancer, as well as support services for those struggling with the disease. Visit further information visit IMPACTMelanoma.org.