What is Block the Blaze?
Block the Blaze is a John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) funded youth skin cancer education program. The Block the Blaze program is the official partner of the California Surf Lifesaving Association (CSLSA) to provide skin cancer education to CA junior lifeguards. JWCF educated over 23,000 California junior lifeguards in Summer 2018 and expanded Block the Blaze into these additional states: CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, ME, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OR, PA, SC, SD, TX.
Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the U.S. with 3.6 million people diagnosed annually, and it is on the rise. 1 in 3 Californians will be diagnosed with skin cancer during their lifetime. 95-100% of skin cancer is curable if caught early and treated quickly.
Block the Blaze doesn't just educate junior lifeguards. We are excited that camps have also started implementing Block the Blaze on behalf of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, bringing our message to even more youth!
Who do we educate?
The program educates youth about sun safety and skin cancer with an emphasis on skin cancer prevention and self-screening. To date, we have educated over 400,000+ youth in 16 states!
At 1992 at the Olympic Games, a 19-year-old Summer Sanders won four Olympic medals, bringing home 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze. The moment she hung up her Speedo, she embarked on a television career, hosting shows for MTV (Sandblast), the NBA (Inside Stuff), Nickelodeon (Figure It Out), and Fox (The Sports List, Skating with Celebrities), and acting as a correspondent for shows such as Good Morning America, Rachael Ray, and The Today Show. She has been a contestant on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” and the Food Network’s “Guy vs. Rachael Celebrity Cook-Off”. Through her production company Sanders co-created and hosted “Find Your Fitness” on MSN, and The Summer of W on ESPNW. She is most recently the co-host of CBS Sports Net’s award winning sports talk show, “We Need To Talk” and was the host of HLN’s game show “Keywords”. A health and fitness realist, Sanders is a working mom who prides herself on living a hands-on active lifestyle and being a “life is perfectly imperfect” motivator. In October of 2014, her life changed forever when she learned she had a malignant melanoma. She would discover 2 more during the next year. She is cancer free after catching them very early. Her voice and passion for skin cancer are stronger than ever as the volunteer spokesperson for John Wayne Cancer Foundation’s “Block the Blaze” education and awareness program. She also serves on the board of Right To Play (her humanitarian love for 2 decades and counting) and The USA Swimming Foundation. She has two children, Skye (10) and Spider (8), with her husband Olympic skier Erik Schlopy.
By The Numbers
Youth & teens educated by Block the Blaze to date
Million people diagnosed annually with skin cancer
California junior lifeguards educated in 2018 alone
Percent curable if caught early and treated quickly
My boys were at Mariners Elementary yesterday for the Block the Blaze presentation and said it was really good! My kindergartner asked if I had any moles larger than an eraser, and if I did I needed to go to the hospital right away. He then insisted on us doing full exams of one another, looking at each mole. Great work!