FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2018
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North Hempstead Joins with Sponsor NYU Winthrop to Offer Beach and Park Visitors FREE Sunscreen
North Hempstead, NY – North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Council Member Anna Kaplan, the Town Board and sponsor NYU Winthrop Hospital today unveiled a new initiative to provide free sunscreen at 25 touch-free dispensers located throughout the Town. The Town Board approved the three-summer seasons agreement with Creative Advertising Concepts, who brought the program to the Town of North Hempstead and coordinated the sponsorship. Each dispenser contains about a quart of SPF 30 sunscreen and will be available now through Labor Day.
The sunscreen sponsorship program comes to the Town at no cost to taxpayers. The dispensers are manufactured by Bright Guard LLC. The Town is responsible for re-filling the dispensers and Creative Advertising Concepts will be responsible for any needed repairs and the supply of sunscreen.
“We thank Creative Advertising Concepts and NYU Winthrop Hospital for sponsoring this important initiative for our Town’s residents, as we follow the example of cities like New York, Miami Beach and the City of Long Beach, by providing free sunscreen to protect our residents,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “Providing sunscreen in an easy and convenient manner will safeguard our residents’ health.”
“NYU Winthrop Hospital is proud to support efforts that keep community members healthy and safe,” said John F. Collins, President and CEO of NYU Winthrop Hospital. “We are pleased to partner with the Town of North Hempstead on this very important initiative to bring free sunscreen to 25 different locations, where we know many individuals and families will be spending time this summer.”
"It is gratifying to join together two altruistic partners, NYU Winthrop Hospital and the Town of North Hempstead to provide this invaluable gift of sun protection to North Hempstead residents,” said Wendy Parr of Creative Advertising Concepts. “Our goal is to bring this wonderful program to other communities throughout the region."
The dispensers will be located at various locations throughout the town including North Hempstead Beach Park, Clark Botanic Garden, Harbor Links Golf Course and other major parks and pools.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to provide skin protection to our residents and those who visit the beach and our parks at no cost to the taxpayers,” said Council Member Anna Kaplan. “It’s also an opportunity for us to educate our residents about the dangers of skin cancer and the critical importance of protecting ourselves from the sun’s damaging rays.”
The initiative is part of a larger NYU Winthrop program to promote sun safety. The agreement with the Town also allows the Hospital to set up informational booths at Town events throughout the summer to spread awareness about skin protection.
“We can significantly reduce the risk of skin cancer by simply remembering to use sunscreen, which is why NYU Winthrop Hospital teamed with the Town of North Hempstead to make sunscreen easily accessible at popular leisure spots,” said Dr. Peter O’Neill, Chief of the Division of Dermatology at NYU Winthrop Hospital. “We are proud of this partnership and are pleased to be able to help protect the residents of the Town of North Hempstead. It is important to see a dermatologist regularly and check your skin for any unusual moles or skin lesions. Remember that early detection is the key.”
“Parents, Physicians and Politicians together can change behavior thus saving lives,” said Colette Coyne, founder of the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign. “We commend NYU Winthrop Hospital and the Town of North Hempstead for taking the steps to foster this movement of prevention through protection. Prevention is the best cure. Statistics indicate sunscreen, as well as protective clothing, makes a difference in the spread of skin cancer and deadly melanoma. We are grateful for the interest and response of Supervisor Judi Bosworth who has always supported the Colette Coyne Melanoma Awareness Campaign’s mission. We hope other legislative representatives follow this lead of concern for the community.”