Colorado Melanoma Foundation raising skin cancer awareness |

Colorado Melanoma Foundation raising skin cancer awareness

Betty Ann Woodland
High Altitude Society
The Club at Cordillera hosted the Summit Melanoma Golf Tournament benefitting the Colorado Melanoma Foundation, a nonprofit organization educating the public, supporting patient networks and encouraings early detection and screening.
Photos by Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

The Summit Melanoma Golf Tournament began three years ago as a coordinated fundraising effort between The Club at Cordillera, Vail/Aspen/Breckenridge Dermatology and The Colorado Melanoma Foundation.

This year’s event fell on a lovely late summer day at The Club at Cordillera — the Valley Course. The funds raised go directly toward Colorado Melanoma Foundation’s mission to increase local Colorado efforts of melanoma prevention, screening, new patient services and research.

Many locals have been touched by this disease and are aware of the higher risk at altitude with all of the Colorado sunshine and the propensity to spend a lot of time outdoors.

So, prevention is key, and that is what Colorado Melanoma Foundation wants to accomplish by encouraging early detection, sun protective behaviors and education.

The Sun Bus

Funds raised at the Summit Golf Tournament will go toward building The Sun Bus, a mobile classroom that targets select audiences including both children and adults, providing fun and engaging educational activities about sun safety and skin health as well as offering free skin cancer screenings.

The Sun Bus will target events where the audience is outdoors in the sun for long periods of time, including community events such as farmers markets, county carnivals, concerts and festivals.

There will be interactive touch screens to provide well-rounded education on sun safety and skin health.

Educating the Public

Skin cancer accounts for more than 50 percent of all cancers combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime. More than 350 people are diagnosed with skin cancer every hour.

Colorado Melanoma Foundation has the challenge of engaging and educating the public to help change perceptions and behaviors to prevent skin cancer occurrences. Schedule your screening today.

Owner of Vail/Aspen/ Breckenridge Dermatology Karen Nern, MD, was thrilled with the tournament turnout and thanked her sponsors.

“I would like to say thank you to title sponsor Nichols Venture Group who work in video creation and will be our sponsor next year as well, artist Carrie Fell for her generosity in providing artwork, all of our auction item donors, volunteers and, of course, The Club at Cordillera,” Nern said.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at

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