SCAN founder Marilyn Fry 1948 – 2013
Marilyn Fry was a friend and colleague of ours. She lost her two-year battle with breast cancer and will be remembered by us for her wit, passion and commitment to raising awareness about skin cancer. May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, and no one was more dedicated to spreading the word about this disease than Marilyn. As the founder of the SCAN Foundation (Skin Cancer Awareness Network) and a survivor of melanoma, she made it her mission to educate the community and provide a source of information for future generations.
"I was one of the lucky ones," Fry once said. "Sadly, we just don't take skin cancer seriously here in the United States. To date, there are more than one million new skin cancers diagnosed each year. I want to promote healthy sun exposure and help others—just like me—to avoid the scare I went through." She worked tirelessly through SCAN to make skin cancer screenings available in the workplace and public venues.
According to her family, she was a devoted Georgia Bulldog fan and lived life to the fullest, traveling the world and making friends everywhere. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 1970 and began her career at Georgia Power, then went on to work at several computer companies, before landing at Delta Airlines, where she worked for 27 years.
Fry's legacy lives on through the great work accomplished by the SCAN Foundation and those who have supported her efforts. In remembrance of Marilyn and Skin Cancer Awareness Month, make sure you get screened. And don't forget to wear the black and white polka-dot ribbon and support the tagline created by Marilyn, "See a Spot, Call Your Doc!"
May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Approximately 90 percent of melanomas are caused by over exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light or sunlight, or from tanning beds. The good news is when diagnosed early, skin cancer has a 96 percent cure rate.
Free Skin Cancer Screenings:
Kaiser Permanente Gwinnett Comprehensive Medical Center, 3650 Steve Reynolds Blvd., Duluth, GA, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente Southwood Specialty Center, 2470 Mt. Zion Pkwy., Jonesboro, GA , 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente Crescent Medical Center, 200 Crescent Centre Pkwy., Tucker, GA, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kaiser Permanente Cumberland Medical Center, 2525 Cumberland Pkwy., Atlanta, GA, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Northside Hospital, 1000 Johnson Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA, 6 - 8 p.m., www.northside.com