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Unique Partnership with Peggy Spiegler Melanoma Research Foundation Benefits Cooper In Schools

Working together, The Cooper Foundation and the Cherry Hill, NJ-based Peggy Spiegler Melanoma Research Foundation are raising awareness about melanoma prevention among children and families in the Delaware Valley through the Cooper In Schools program.

Cooper In Schools is the multidisciplinary program at Cooper University Hospital which brings together physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals at Cooper to provide health education and wellness information to students, teachers, school administrators, coaches, and community members throughout the Delaware Valley.

Pictured above, from left: PSMRF board members Shelly Weiner and Don Devlin, PSMRF Executive Director Neil Spiegler, Cooper Foundation President and CEO Susan Bass Levin, Medical Director of Cooper In Schools and Chief, Department of Pediatrics Michael H. Goodman, MD, PSMRF board member Doug Goldstein, and Cooper University Hospital CEO John P. Sheridan, Jr.

The two organizations have coordinated fundraisers of different sizes, capitalized on each others’ existing events and channels of communication to share key messages, and developed educational materials.  Their joint projects in the past year have included:

  • A one-of-a-kind shredding fundraiser, in which people brought their confidential paper documents to be shredded in exchange for a small donation
  • Cooper served as a sponsor of the third annual “Talk While You Walk/5K Run for Peggy Spiegler”
  • In consultation with Cooper experts, the two organizations together produced “Preventing Melanoma: What Every Parent Needs to Know,” a print resource with information and practical tips for families

“By marshaling the collective resources of our two organizations, Cooper In Schools and the Peggy Spiegler Melanoma Research Foundation can reach a much broader cross-section of the region,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation.  “We constantly are searching for innovative ways to improve the health of our community – this partnership is a great example of how, together, we can do just that.”