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Be Sun Smart in El Paso

The City of El Paso averages 297 days of sunshine each year.Affectionately known as the “Sun City”, it is home to more than 250 parks and 3,000 acres of open space.While El Pasoans appreciate so many days of joyous sunshine, those UV rays can be harmful to the unprotected.Nearly 90% of all melanomas are thought to be caused by exposure o UV light and sunlight.

Enter our Sun Smart campaign, a partnership with the City of El Paso City Parks and Recreation and El Paso Live to provide sunscreen dispensers for our most vulnerable population – our children.Look for the bright yellow dispensers in city spray parks and public gathering places sponsored by El Paso LIVE.Dispensers are also along the Playa Drain Trail, a city-wide trail beginning at Ascarate Park.

The Foundation is pleased to provide ‘loaners’ for your sun-filled events.Please send your request for dispensers via email to’ll need the date of your event, anticipated numbers and the location.

Additionally, we have a limited number of Sunbeatable™ teaching kits, designed by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to teach pre-schoolers about sun safety in super hero fashion.If you would like a kit, send a request via email to with the number of students in your class, date required and your contact information.

Thank you for helping us make ours a “Sun Smart” community!


Sunscreen Initiative Insights & News

Sun Safety Tips for Men

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Foundation offers free Sun Screen Dispensers

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Sun Safety Tips for Families

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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Skin Cancer is highly avoidable

Skin cancer has been called a ‘lifestyle’ disease that effects almost everyone. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime; 13 million Americans are livi...


Keeping Sunscreen on children

Parents know the power of sunscreen and remember to slather on and repeat. Kids? Not so much. There’s a lot at stake as the majority of skin damage and excessive sun often comes in ch...

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