Dermatologists tackle skin health using bold construction


RAPID CITY, S.D. - Don’t be surprised if you start finding a lot of cooler spots for kids in and around Rapid City. Dermatologists are fighting back against skin cancer, by giving back to the community in a big way.

The Made for Shade Foundation aims to keep children out of the sun and help lower the risk of skin cancer later in life. The foundation does this by constructing giant covers for areas where kids generally congregate during the day.

During the school year kids are generally outside between 10 am to 4 pm when the sun is at its’ strongest. Dr. Lycia Scott-Thornburg, a dermatologist with the Rapid City Medical Center and founder of Made for Shade saw a need and decided to do something about it.

The recent donation of $15,000 to the Rapid City School district from the Made for Shade foundation will allow the construction of 2 cover installations at Corral Drive Elementary School.

Dermatologists say that sunscreen is not enough and that we need to seek that shade more often. Dr. Scott-Thornburg explains.

"Sun damage takes a long time to show up later, so people don't realize cause and effect,  and it’s hard for them to rationalize why they should spend time doing it,” Thornburg explains, “But people of all skin types can get skin cancer, so it’s important for everyone to cover up and to follow these safety guidelines"

Scull construction has donated all of the installation labor for future shade structures - more are planned for the future.  

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