I’m Dr. Robin Travers. I attended Mount Holyoke College, attended the Boston University School of Medicine and after completing an Internship in Internal Medicine at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, I trained in dermatology in the Boston University/Tufts-New England Medical Center Combined Residency in Dermatology. I am a dermatologist at SkinCare Physicians in the Boston area. I write a monthly column in the JAMA Dermatology summarizing the most relevant and exciting recent dermatology research. I am an active member of several professional organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, the Women’s Dermatology Society, the Skin Cancer Foundation, the Dermatology Foundation, and the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE). I serve on the Medical Advisory Board of the MFNE and coach MFNE’s Marathon Team for the Boston Marathon every year. I am an avid endurance athlete and grew up in Portland, Maine with my identical twin sister. Being a part of the MFNE programs gives me a lot of satisfaction, allowing me to give back to the community as a dermatologist. It was tons of fun helping to put together the video scenarios for the eLearning lessons and I especially enjoyed working on the Trivia Game as I have a particular mind for trivia and appeared on television’s Jeopardy! quiz show!
Hey my name is Gavin! I am 17 and a senior in high school. I play lacrosse and am the captain of the swim team at my school. Over the summer I work as a lifeguard at an outdoor facility so I get a lot of sun exposureI I use sunscreen frequently throughout the year because I burn easily and am outdoors a lot. Skin cancer runs in my family so I take putting on sunscreen and protecting my skin as a very serious part of my day to day life.
Hey, I am Milan. I am a senior in high school. I grew up in a small suburb outside of Boston, where I loved to play outside and go to the beach. Since I have dark skin I never thought I would have to worry about getting skin cancer until I learned about melanoma in my freshman year health class. Now I know I have to always wear sunscreen. Even though I may not burn easily, I can still get melanoma just like everyone else. Now before I go to the beach, play sports, or just do yard work I always put on some sunscreen and wear a hat to protect myself from the sun.
Hello, my name is Kara and I am a senior in high school. I grew up always outdoors whether it was playing sports or going to the beach with family and friends. As a child my mom always embarrassed me about putting on sunscreen and now I am thankful she did. I first got involved with the Melanoma Foundation of New England when I heard through my school about the “Your Skin Is In” Focus Group. From then on I have taken an interest in raising melanoma awareness throughout my school through my participation in a club called the Student Wellness Committee. I was able to lead Health Week at my school and set up a station to promote awareness about melanoma. I find a major misconception in teenagers my age is that they think they are too young to get melanoma, however, from attending the Focus Group I realized that melanoma is a serious threat for teenagers especially active teenagers that are outdoors a lot like me. I enjoyed participating in the e-learning video and I hope that it encourages more teenagers to protect themselves in the sun.
Hi, I’m Lilly, a senior in high school. I play soccer and run track during the school year and vacation in Nantucket during the summers. That adds up to a lot of sun time! My mom used to always remind me to wear sunscreen when I would forget it or chose not to use it in order to get a nice tan. Now, I find myself constantly reminding my friends of the how dangerous the sun really is and urge them to use sunscreen at all times. I first got involved with the Melanoma Foundation of New England when a teacher at my school suggested that a friend and I attend a “Your Skin is In” Focus Group. Ever since, I have been promoting melanoma awareness every chance I get. My friend and I brought the issue to our school through the Student Wellness Committee at my school. It was an awesome experience to be part of the e-learning lesson to inform teens and young adults on skin safety in a different way!”
Hi, I’m Nicole and I’m a sophomore in college. I first got involved with the Melanoma Foundation of New England (MFNE) in middle school when my friend’s mom started working there. Over the years, I volunteered at many of their events and was involved with their educational programs. In high school, I even participated in bringing the “Your Skin Is In” program to my school to prevent teens from using tanning beds before prom. Working with MFNE has taught me to be more aware about my skin when in the sun and how to properly take care of it. When asked to participate in the e-learning video I couldn’t say no! It was an awesome experience and a great opportunity to educate teens and young adults on the safety of their skin!
Hey! I’m Matt, a freshman in college. I grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts where I played lots of sports and visited the beach often, especially in the summers at Cape Cod. I would spend about a month at the Cape every summer out in the sun all day at the beach. But I consider myself lucky because my parents always reminded me to wear sunscreen at the beach even when I was very against it. They’d make sure that I had plenty of sunscreen on at sports games too, whether that meant coming to the bench and embarrassing me. But looking back, I’m grateful and now wearing sunscreen is just part of my daily routine. It was cool being a part of the e-learning lesson, and now I know I need to wear a dark shirt and sunglasses with UV protection too!
As a healthcare professional, I am truly grateful for all the work done by the Melanoma Foundation. It was a very powerful presentation and education is the key to any cure! Our students were fully engaged and I feel the information that was imparted WILL make a difference in their decision making regarding tanning.
We plan on having our grades 11&12 sign the Your Skin Is In pledge (these are our prom grades). You truly are making a difference in lives of people you touch!
A teacher came to me after the presentation and said she had a mole that she had been concerned about and she had called her doctor after school and made an appointment to get it checked! How powerful words can be!
Marla Serwin was 55 years old when she passed away from melanoma in November, 2012. She fought long and hard, but with determination, hope and action that inspired her countless friends and colleagues. She never stopped living her life to the fullest, despite the increasingly difficult treatments her diagnosis required. In doing so, she reminded all those around her how valuable each of their own days are, and how much stronger spirit is than circumstance.