Passionate about Sun Protection

Wear a hat if you're in the sun.

Wear a hat if you’re in the sun. Photo courtesy of my favorite company for UV protective clothing: Sun Precautions.  My family prefers UV clothing to slathering ourselves in lotions hourly.

I mentioned on my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago that I was heading to my 20th High School Reunion. It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I went.

One of the things it reminded me of, and I thought I’d write about, was the importance of protecting one’s skin from the sun. Even though it’s August, and we’ll be spending less time outdoors in just a couple of months, it’s still important not to suffer sun damage.

My former classmate, Tara Simantel Parla, was one of six memorialized at the reunion. She died in 2012 after battling skin cancer. Before she passed away, she started the Passion Foundation, a nonprofit with two goals: (1) building shade structures for playgrounds to protect young children from the sun’s damaging rays and (2) educating people about skin cancer and ways to prevent sun damage.

Check out the foundation website if you’re interested in learning more, and keep yourself sun safe. You don’t have to hide from the sun; it gives you vitamin D. But, don’t ignore damaging exposure, either.  Finally, don’t forget that all skin can be damaged by the sun. My daughter suffered a minor burn (I feel terrible), despite her skin being dark enough I wouldn’t have thought she would burn.

About RJ Crayton

RJ Crayton is a former journalist who now writes fiction. She's reported for the Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle, as well as the smaller publications Education Technology News and Campus Crime. She has two published novels, Life First and Second Life and blogs for Indies Unlimited and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. For exclusive content and first looks at her new work, sign up for the newsletter at
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