When Noah was 11 years old his mother was diagnosed with Melanoma. Thankfully, his mother's Melanoma was detected early and treated successfully. But as a runner and triathlete, the experience highlighted for Noah the importance of staying safe while having fun in the sun. Now at the age of 17, the Glenelg High School Honor Student is sharing his experience as spokesathlete of the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series.
I'm hopeful that by sharing my experience and how it changed the way I think about the sun, I can encourage young children to practice sun-safe habits too.
The Maryland Youth Triathlon Series was formed, in part, to drive awareness of Melanoma skin cancer among adolescents and young adults and support the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Melanoma skin cancer is the most common cancer among young adults ages 25-29 and the second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old. Based in Maryland, the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation is a leading international voice for Melanoma prevention, detection, care and cure. The Foundation promotes Melanoma awareness through its "WIN-THE-FIGHT" initiatives including the TRI-TO "WIN-THE-FIGHT" Frederick Kids Triathlon.
To learn more about the Maryland Youth Triathlon Series and for a list of ways to stay safe while having fun in the sun, hoof it on over to our Maryland Youth Triathlon Series page.