The Sidney J. Malawer Memorial Foundation was established to heighten awareness of melanoma skin cancer.

Our mission is to educate the public on ways to prevent skin cancer and promote the importance of early detection through frequent skin screenings. Through this education, we hope to change public attitudes and behaviors toward sun exposure, teach people how to properly protect themselves, and lower the toll from this devastating disease. In coordination with Suburban Hospital, we have developed community outreach programs and eventually hope to help Suburban develop a Department of Excellence in dermatological oncology.

The Foundation was established in memory of Dr. Sidney J. Malawer, who lost his battle with melanoma skin cancer in 2002. He was a respected physician in Bethesda, Md., and a devoted trustee to Suburban Hospital.

Contact us for more information about the foundation!



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The Block It Out sun-safety initiative was written to enlighten middle school students about the risks of melanoma as well as other skin and eye damage that can result from sun overexposure.

The sun-safety kit provides an interactive lesson to help students learn about the science of the sun, the health risks of sun overexposure, and offers practical tips for protecting themselves from the sun's harmful UV rays.

If you are a teacher interested in teaching Block It Out or need additional materials, contact us by clicking on the link below.

There are Block It Out activities available for elementary, middle and high school students. Please specify.

Contact us for more Block It Out info!

Click here to sign-up for The Sun-safety Prom Promise!



Monday November 5 - FREE Skin Screenings
Suburban Hospital Outpatient Center
8-10am, 6-8pm
Call Suburban Hospital for an appt
301-896-3939 (option #1)


Mon. May 12, 2008 - Annual Golf Classic and Dinner
Due to weather conditions, the golf portion of the tournament has been postponed to June 23. COCKTAILS & DINNER will take place as planned this evening. Additional information to come.

The 5th Annual Golf Classic and Dinner was once again a huge success--attended by over 100 golfers and 250 dinner guests. Guests participated in a silent auction and the annual elementary school sun-safety poster contest by voting for the winning poster.

Brittany Lietz, Miss Maryland 2006, melanoma survivor and advocate, enlightened the guests with her survival story and the dangers of tanning beds which was the catalyst for her melanoma. She touched everyone with her story and future goals especially our teenage guests.

Proceeds from the event went to Suburban Hospital Cancer Care to fund additional outreach programs in the community.

FREE SUN SAFETY CANOPIES STILL AVAILABLE - overexposure to the suns harmful rays are the single biggest risk factor for skin cancer. Please protect your athletes while they are out on the ballfields. Contact us to obtain a 10 x 10 ft. sun safety canopy and travel case.



The Sidney J. Malawer Memorial Foundation    12305 Riding Fields Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
Ph: 301-977-2366    Fax: 301.977.9635    email: info@blockitout.org