GWINN — A local nonprofit is helping their community to stay protected from the sun this summer.
Delight Hill serves as the awareness chair for Just Believe, an organization made in memory of her daughter Jodi Ball, who passed away in 2013 after battling Stage IV Melanoma.
The group’s mission is to raise awareness about the dangers of sun exposure, as well as to provide the Upper Peninsula with sunscreen dispensers.
On Monday, they installed a second sunscreen dispenser at the Gwinn Baseball Field, just in time for the 3rd annual Gwinn Alumni Baseball Tournament, where Jodi’s classmates played.
“This year, because of COVID-19, we haven’t done as much as we have done every other year,” Hill said. “But Flagstar Bank had provided us money last May for our awareness programs. So we thought because of the Gwinn Alumni Baseball Tournament going on this week, we offered a sunscreen dispenser to Forsythe Township to place the second one here at the ballpark.”
The dispensers provide free SPF 30 sunscreen to people at parks, gardens, and other locations who will be exposed to the sun for a long period of time. The group has been working toward placing 100 sunscreen dispensers all across the Upper Peninsula.
“We want awareness of the dangers of the sun, and one of the ways to promote it is to have sunscreen dispensers,” said Hill. “I mean, there’s no shade here unless people brought their own umbrellas or tents. Shade is important; sunscreen is important. Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses and drink fluids. These are all things we try to promote not only in the summer, but during the winter months too.”
Additionally, Just Believe offers free Sun Safety/Skin Cancer Awareness and Prevention presentations to Marquette County Schools. They also present a scholarship to one Gwinn and Negaunee High School senior pursuing a medical career.