The Glenna Kohl Fund For Hope

Glenna Kohl was a college friend of mine, who was diagnosed with melanoma at the age of 22.  She fought to educate others about the dangers of overexposure to the sun and tanning.  Sadly, she passed away at the age of 26. 

Today, her extraordinary parents are carrying on Glenna’s message via their non-profit, The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope.  They are doing wonderful things with the money collected from events, such as supplying the beach, where Glenna spent many years as a lifeguard, with free sunscreen dispensers for all sunbathers.

Glenna’s mom, Colleen, also updates Glenna’s blog.  It can be found here.  If you read the older entries, you can actually read Glenna’s fight in her own words.  It’s extremely powerful.

I ran a 5K race in honor of Glenna, which you can read about here.  You may also be interested to read an article, A Death by Suntan at 26, chronicling Glenna’s ordeal in Cosmopolitan magazine.

I encourage you to visit the Kohl’s site and read more about Glenna’s experience.  And, please, pass along the message of sun safety to those you love.  It is a dangerous – and so very preventable - disease.

So, please, realize your skin deserves to be protected.  Join me in the quest to make sunscreen the norm :smile:

And, remember:

Cancer is so limited..
It cannot cripple love
It cannot shatter hope
It cannot corrode faith
It cannot destroy peace
It cannot kill friendship
It cannot suppress memories
It cannot silence courage
It cannot invade the soul

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