The Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation (CMPF) recently honored Dr. Howard K. Koh with its first annual “Excellence in Melanoma Prevention Award” at its spring fundraising event.
Attended by more than 300 guests, the benefit was held at Showcase LIVE in Foxboro and raised more than $50,000 to further the Foundation’s work in skin cancer awareness and prevention education.
Dr. Koh is the former United States Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He previously served as Commissioner of Public Health for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
The award acknowledges an individual who has provided exceptional service and leadership in the prevention of melanoma through education, research, policy development, legislative action and/or raising community awareness.
Dr. Koh was recognized for his work as one of the principal organizers and founders of the American Academy of Dermatology’s National Skin Cancer Screening Program, which has grown to become a national force, resulting in more than 2 million Americans receiving free skin cancer screenings.
In accepting the award, Dr. Koh said, “The tireless commitment and focus of the Children’s Melanoma Prevention Foundation have inspired a tremendous new chapter in public health. I am deeply honored to be recognized by pioneers who have passionately promoted the power of prevention.”
A graduate of Yale College and the Yale University School of Medicine, Dr. Koh is the Harvey V. Fineberg Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard Kennedy School.
The evening included: a cocktail reception; comedy from Mitch Stinson, Nick Zino and Paul D’Angelo; silent and live auctions; celebrity appearances and more. Special guests included New England Patriots alumni Steve Nelson and Steve King, along with Boston Bruins alumni David Jensen and Glen Featherstone.
The benefit was supported by the generosity of sponsors: Atlantic Properties, Aurora DX, Boston Facial Plastic Surgery, Boston Private Bank, BR+A Consulting Engineers, Eastern Bank, Educational Dimensions, Fisher Law, Hingham Institute for Savings, Research Results Inc, Rockland Trust, SnapperRock and South Shore Skin Center.
Headquartered in Norwell, MA, the Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness about sun protection and skin cancer prevention, focusing on melanoma prevention through free educational programming. Each year, they provide their signature SunAWARE For Life Program to more than 80,000 children and the adults who care for them.
Trained Foundation staff members provide the program at local schools, sailing clubs, recreation centers, day care centers and nationally at conventions and symposia. The organization’s motto is “Preventing skin cancer, one child at a time through education and advocacy.”
Executive Director Maryellen Maguire-Eisen is an oncology and dermatology nurse with more than 30 years of experience. She’s also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at Boston University and an American Cancer Society Scholar.
Congratulations and Best Wishes to all!
For more information about the Foundation, be sure to visit www.melanomaprevention.org.