Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation, founded in 2015 by Tracy Callahan, has been spreading awareness of melanoma since she was first diagnosed with early stage melanoma at the age of 38.
"Polka dot mama" was nicknamed by Tracy's two young sons for her abundance of moles. In May 2016, she hosted a farm-to-table gala in North Carolina, raising over $40k that was then donated to MRA.
Tracy is now planning a way to being her advocacy to the next level. She, along with the Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation, is about the launch the Shade Shuttle. The Shade Shuttle is a multi-state bus tour dedicated to raising awareness about melanoma. The school bus (aka the Shade Shuttle) is being converted into a mobile eduction unit, offering free screenings by dermatologist.
The Shade Shuttle begins its journey in Egg Harbor, New Jersey with its first top in Hoboken, New Jersey on April 10th. It will then make a stop in Richmond, Virginia to then return home to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Credit: Cure Melanoma