Brown, Carney help folks get the 'scoop' on melanoma
EAST LONGMEADOW On June 11 and 12, JB's Ice Cream, 622 East Main St., will host its annual Scoops for Melanoma fund-raiser to benefit the Melanoma Education Foundation.
Jeff Brown, owner of JB's Ice Cream, and Michael Carney, a local police officer, are survivors of melanoma, having both been diagnosed in the past year. By starting this fund-raiser, they hope to educate the public about the dangers of sun exposure.
Brown and Carney used to use indoor tanning booths, which increases one's chances of getting melanoma by 75 percent. The combination of indoor and outdoor tanning have made melanoma the number one cancer in women between the ages of 25 and 29. This year, 8,000 adults will die from this deadly disease.
Those who stop by JB's Ice Cream between noon and 10 p.m. on June 11 and 12 and purchase a cone will help get the word out to children that melanoma is deadly unless detected early.
The Melanoma Education Foundation is a non-profit whose mission is to reach out to high schools across New England to help children know the deadly consequences of sun over-exposure and how to detect it in the early stages to help save their lives.