Healthy skin is in

TJ Duffy

Skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square feet and represents 16% of total body weight. Our skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold. But our skin is also vulnerable and needs our help; particularly against its most lethal enemy: cancer.

Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. It is estimated that approximately 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day.

Go silent against skin cancer

SaddleBrooke residents and guests (you) can make a significant contribution to the fight against skin cancer by attending, bidding, and donating at the Skin Cancer Research Fundraiser silent auction on Nov. 23.

The University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute (SCI) nationally recognized for advances in skin cancer research, the SaddleBrooke Tennis Club, and the University of Arizona Women’s and Men’s Tennis Teams need your help in this fight. Your donations will be happily accepted by SCI and STC volunteers.

What: fourth annual SaddleBrooke Skin Cancer Research Fundraiser

When: Saturday, Nov. 23 – Program/festivities: noon to 3 p.m. (silent auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

Where: The SaddleBrooke Tennis Center and Pavilion located at 64335 SaddleBrooke Blvd.

From disease origins to prevention and treatment, unraveling the science of skin cancer requires innovative research. The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) has been a leader in skin cancer research for decades. The Cancer Institute brings together nationally recognized scientists to collaborate in the discovery of:

* Cutting-edge chemical agents to prevent skin cancer and reverse sun damage.

* New and better treatments for skin cancer.

* Improved early detection techniques.

* How skin cancer develops and spreads.

* Ways to help people change unhealthy sun-related behavior.

Like most STC events, there will be great food and libation to lend a party atmosphere to the fundraiser. All of the proceeds from food, auctions, player bidding, and donations will be given to the UACC/Skin Cancer Institute to support research and treatment of this pervasive disease.

What to expect at this worthy event?

* Free skin cancer screenings.

* Silent auction – Restaurant vouchers/coupons; plus services from local businesses. Please be generous in your bids for some wonderful items.

* Entertaining/skilled tennis play from UA student athletes and SaddleBrooke tennis players.

* Fun food.

We hope you’ll spend a few hours and dollars with us to make your valuable contribution to the fight against this deadly disease. For more information, contact TJ Duffy at 520-261-7570 or by email at stcbod.tj@gmail.com.

Browse through hundreds of fun and interesting photos plus find event details on the STC Facebook page, and you don’t need a Facebook account, www.facebook.com/saddlebrooketennisclub.

STC is dedicated to the health and enjoyment of all SaddleBrooke residents. STC is the venue for fun in the outdoors. (Wear sunscreen) To join us, just call Connie Kacer, membership chair (520-825-7585) or the STC office (520-825-0255). It’s that easy. We would love to have you join us.