NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WLUC) The Just Believe Foundation installed a public sunscreen dispenser at the Iron Ore Heritage Trail head in Negaunee Tuesday afternoon in hopes of reducing the incidence of melanoma.
The Melanoma Foundation of New England gifted two dispensers to the Just Believe Foundation after receiving a grant as part of the organization's Practice Safe Skin program.
"We were given two, so this is the first we are installing at the Iron Ore Heritage Trail because this is where we held the first Just Believe walk/run," Just Believe Education Chair Delight Hill said.
The Just Believe Foundation was founded in memory of Jodi Ball, who passed away in 2013 after battling stage four melanoma, which metastasized to her brain.
"She was very loving," Ashley Ball, Jodi Ball's daughter, said. "She liked to help other people."
"She wanted to give back to the community, and to provide awareness of skin cancer activities for kids so to hopefully prevent it," Hill said.
The dispenser is free to use. It's stocked an all-natural blend of 6% zinc and 6% titanium SPF-30 sunscreen and is safe for people aged 6-months and up. Ingredients are printed on the machines.
"A lot of people forget sunscreen when they come to a park or to walk or stroll with their baby or whatever, and this way sunscreens available for them," Hill said.
The dispenser also serves as a reminder to protect your skin as well.
"Some people don't think of sunscreen, and after they get a sunburn, they wish they would have had it on," Ashley said.
According to the Melanoma Foundation of New England, daily sunscreen application can reduce the risk of melanoma.
The Just Believe Foundation will be installing the second sunscreen dispenser the first week of June. They aren't sure the exact location, but expect to be putting it somewhere in Marquette.