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On June 29, 2009 Gerald “Gerry” Gendell lost his battle with melanoma.
Gerry left behind his wife of 57 years and seven children. He had a notable life and career, touring with singing group, The Four Freshman, serving in the U.S. Army, and working as brand manager at Procter & Gamble. While at P&G he was responsible for the development and launch of Pringle’s potato chips! One community member wanted to honor Gerry and the fight that thousands fight each year against melanoma. Our donor wanted to put hats on Tucson babies to prevent future skin cancer. The Hats On program was born.
This is Walter.
Walter is a Tucson baby. Walter was the first to receive a baby hat, and with ongoing sun protection, he will be the first of many who will never have to fight skin cancer, like Gerry.
With the gift and the charge to put hats on Tucson babies, we developed a baby hat gift bag. The bag contains an educational brochure and a very cute sun hat. The hat is provided at a generously reduced cost by Baby Banz, Inc.
Working together to reach Tucson babies.
In partnership with and support from University Medical Center and Diamond’s Children, and with additional funding from the Marshall Foundation, more than 3,000 babies have received sun-safe hats. Parents can receive baby hats at childbirth education classes, at the hospital before going home with their newborn, or at pediatric well-check appointments. The feedback from parents has been overwhelming.
“[I] Learned several things – I plan to use them in the future.”
"I would not have purchased a hat on my own."
“Thank you very much. I had melanoma at age 19 because
I had childhood burns!”
Our goal is to put a sun hat on every baby in Tucson.
We need your support.
Skin cancer is preventable. We know that too much sun early in life can lead to skin cancer like Gerry’s. Small gifts can have an amazing impact. You may wonder, “What can my gift achieve?”
Your gift can put a hat on a Tucson baby and teach a parent how to protect their babies' fresh, fragile skin from the dangers of the sun.
You can make a difference. You can impact your community.
Just $100 provides hats for 20 babies, $500 reaches 100 babies
and $1,000 will protect 200 babies in our community.
You can help us educate parents and protect babies from the dangers of the sun: Donate now.