David M. Pariser, Nancy Ali 2017-11-08 23:09:42
At this time of year, we’re usually thinking about what we’re thankful for. As leaders of the Council on Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations, we’re thankful for all who support the good work being done on behalf of the specialty. Thanks to dermatologists who volunteer their time and expertise, partnerships with local organizations, and promotion and participation by the AAD, we can proudly report that SPOTme — our free skin cancer screening program — has become more successful than ever. Our free screenings are reaching people in communities across the country. In addition to detecting cancers and potentially saving lives, these screenings increase public awareness of skin cancer. They’ve also allowed our members to reach populations of patients who might not otherwise have access to a dermatologist. We are proud that this long-running skin cancer screening program is becoming increasingly effective, and we invite you to read more about it in our special feature article, “Saving Lives.” Also of interest in this issue is the story of Amy Forrestel, MD, a resident who participated in the AAD’s Resident International Grant Program and whose outlook on patient care was changed by the people she encountered in Botswana. We also highlight the efforts of a YMCA in Tennessee that received a shade structure thanks to winning the AAD’s Good Skin Knowledge video contest and now offers hundreds of children a much-needed shaded place to play. These programs would not be possible without the generosity of our supporters, both corporate partners and individuals, and we are thankful that every dollar and every volunteer truly makes a difference in the lives of people from Africa to the American South. Now is the time to think about Dr. King’s message about what you can be doing for others. You can be a part of #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28, spreading the word on social media and donating to send kids to Camp Discovery. You can also participate in Skin Cancer, Take a Hike!™, bringing fun hike events to your community and raising funds for skin cancer prevention and educational programs. Or, as we begin the holiday season, many consider a Tribute gift to honor colleagues, family, or friends. It’s easy to do and will add special meaning to your holidays. We hope the stories and opportunities to get involved detailed within these pages inspire you to feel as appreciative as we do about everything you help make possible for patients, the public, and the specialty. It will always be a collective endeavor, and please know that every effort makes a difference. Thank you. As always, please contact us at email@example.com with any feedback, suggestions, or questions. We love to hear from you, our readers. David M. Pariser, MD, FAAD Chair, Council on Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations Nancy Ali Senior Director, Community, Corporate, and Philanthropic Relations
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