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About Make Big Change

Make Big Change is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the awareness and strategic prevention of skin cancer.

Make Big Change Headquarter Location

784 Central Avenue

Dover, New Hampshire, 03820,

United States


Latest Make Big Change News

Sunscreen dispensers installed at beaches, parks

Jul 2, 2015

Local nonprofit leads movement to increase sun safety  UPDATED 5:16 PM EDT Jul 02, 2015 If you're heading to the beach or park this weekend, there's a chance you might find new dispensers offering free sunscreen. Related The idea was the brainchild of two co-workers at a dermatology office in Dover who started a nonprofit called Make Big Change . The bright yellow containers automatically dispense an application of all-natural sunscreen. "They're weather-resistant. They hold 662 applications. They're infrared, so they're very sanitary," said Laurie Seavey of Make Big Change. Seavey and dermatology physician assistant Michelle Roy work at Dermatology and Skin Health in Dover. They said skin cancer claims 40 lives each year in New Hampshire. "We kind of fill this niche of sort of grassroots prevention, getting units of sunscreen out into the general public in high-traffic areas so people can actually utilize it," Roy said. Wentworth-Douglass Hospital has sponsored 11 dispensers in the Dover area. A few businesses have them, too, and another 20 will roll out on the Seacoast this week. "So if you get caught at the beach and your car is three blocks away and you don't have enough sunscreen, this will be the thing that will save you from maybe that sunburn," Roy said. "And that's what we're really hoping to do, is get people to use the sunscreen and prevent those sunburns. " The two said their aim is to make prevention easy for businesses and state and local governments to make big change, too. "We supply everything needed for these preventative health care programs," Seavey said. "We supply the units, the sunscreen and the poles. " The nonprofit is also handing out white wrist bands that turn blue when you need sunscreen. Tags sunscreen dispenser Make Big Change WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF. JEN CROMPTON IS THERE WITH THE DETAILS. JENNIFER: IT IS VERY POSSIBLE THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE AT BEACHES AND PARKS, EVEN SKI AREAS, THAT THE COUPLE OF -- THE PUBLIC WILL FIND DISPENSERS OF FREE SUNSCREEN AT THEIR FINGERTIPS. IT IS THANKS TO COWORKERS AT A DOVER DERMATOLOGY CLINIC THAT GOT TO LET -- GOT TOGETHER AND DELIVERED -- DEVELOPED THIS NONPROFIT, THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN NEW ENGLAND, CALLED MAKE BIG CHANGE. THIS IS WHAT SKIN SAM -- SKIN CANCER PREVENTION IN EVERY COMMUNITY CAN LOOK LIKE. BRIGHT YELLOW CONTAINERS THAT DISPENSE APPLICATION OF ALL NATURAL, ORGANIC SUNSCREEN. THEY ARE WEATHER-RESISTANT. THEY HOLD 662 APPLICATIONS. THEY ARE INFRARED, SO THEY ARE VERY SANITARY. JENNIFER: THEY ARE THE BRAINCHILD OF TWO WOMEN WHO WORK SIDE-BY-SIDE AT DERMATOLOGY AND SKIN HEALTH IN DANGER, WHO HE DID THE CDC'S CALL TO ACTION BY ENDING THE EPIDEMIC OF SKIN CANCER THAT CLAIMS 40 LIVES EACH YEAR IN NEW HAMPSHIRE ALONE. THEY CALL THEIR NONPROFIT MAKE BIG CHANGE. WE KIND OF FILL THIS NICHE OF SORT OF GRASSROOTS PREVENTION, GETTING PHYSICAL UNITS OF SUNSCREEN OUT INTO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN HIGH TRAFFIC AREAS SO THAT PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY UTILIZE IT. JENNIFER: WENTWORTH-DOUGLASS HOSPITAL HAS SPONSORED 11 IN THE DOVER AREA. A FEW BUSINESSES HAVE THEM, TOO. ANOTHER 20 A LOT OF THE SEACOAST THIS WEEK. IF YOU GET CAUGHT AT THE BEACH, AND YOUR CAR IS THREE BLOCKS AWAY, THIS WILL BE THE THING THAT KIND OF WILL SAVE YOU FROM THAT SUNBURN. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE LOOKING TO DO, GET PEOPLE TO USE THE SUNSCREEN AND PREVENT THE SUNBURN. JENNIFER: THEY'RE A AIM IS TO MAKE PREVENTION EASY FOR BUSINESSES AND STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT TO MAKE BIG CHANGE, TOO. WE SUPPLY EVERYTHING NEEDED FOR THESE PREVENTATIVE PROGRAMS. HE SUPPLIED THE UNITS, THE SUNSCREEN, AND THE POLES. JENNIFER: THEY ARE HANDING OUT THESE RIGHT WITH FANS THAT TURN BLUE WHEN YOU NEED TO BE WEARING SUNSCREEN. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE DISPENSERS, HAD TO THE WEBSITE WMUR.COM.

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