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Academy leaders throw down the gauntlet, and chocolate chip cookies, with ‘My Loss, Your Gain’ campaign

Past AAD President Daniel Siegel, MD, AAD Secretary-Treasurer Suzanne Olbricht, MD, and AAD Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Elaine Weiss, JD, have committed to a six-month weight loss program in which they each simultaneously lose pounds to gain support for SkinPAC — the American Academy of Dermatology Association’s (AADA) political action committee — Camp Discovery, and the AAD Shade Structure Grant Program.

‘My Loss, Your Gain’: How it works
For every pound Dr. Siegel, Dr. Olbricht or Elaine Weiss lose between the official start date (June 1) and Dec. 1, 2014, the AADA is asking members to consider donating to SkinPAC (if you are an eligible donor who has not made your maximum donation this year), Camp Discovery, and/or the AAD Shade Structure Program. Members can donate and follow their AAD leaders’ progress on the ‘My Loss, Your Gain’ blog.

SkinPAC: Lending a voice to dermatology’s patients
SkinPAC, the AADA’s political action committee, has been a critical tool in the specialty’s campaign to become the trusted voice on issues related to dermatology. SkinPAC provides the opportunity to build relationships with lawmakers and earns dermatology a seat at the table when Congress is debating issues that impact the specialty and its patients. Recently, SkinPAC has shattered its all-time record and is inching closer to its 2014 election cycle goal of $1.4 million, but more needs to be done. Just like building relationships with patients, policies are developed over time with the contributions of many. Each AADA member’s involvement in SkinPAC will help dermatology build a stronger and more influential specialty. For more information about SkinPAC, visit www.skinpac.org.

Camp Discovery offers kids with skin diseases carefree summers
Camp Discovery was founded in 1993 and offers a summer camp experience for kids living with skin diseases. Every summer, the AAD sponsors six weeks of camp in five locations where everyone can experience activities such as fishing, swimming, archery, horseback riding and more. Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, Camp Discovery offers campers the opportunity to spend a week among other young people who have similar skin conditions. Many of the counselors have chronic skin conditions as well, and can provide support and advice to campers.

There is no fee for camp. All costs, including transportation, are provided by the American Academy of Dermatology through generous donations from its members, other organizations, and individuals. The AAD is proud to offer this experience to about 380 children each year. Learn more about Camp Discovery.

AAD Shade Structure Program provides a valuable public service
The AAD’s Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations to install permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun — such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. Each Shade Structure Grant is valued up to $8,000, which includes the cost for a shade structure and installation. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign near the shade structure. The AAD receives support for this program from its members and outside organizations. Learn more about the AAD Shade Structure Grant Program.

For more information about the ‘My Loss, Your Gain’ campaign, contact Sarah Tancredi at stancredi@aad.org.

SkinPAC’s political purpose is to solicit and receive contributions to be used to make political campaign expenditures to those candidates for federal elective office, and other federal political committees, who demonstrate understanding and interest in the views and goals of the American Academy of Dermatology Association.

Contributions to SkinPAC are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. SkinPAC cannot accept contributions from corporate accounts. All AADA members have the right to refuse to contribute without reprisal. Federal law prohibits us from accepting contributions from foreign nationals. Federal law requires us to use our best efforts to collect and report the name, physical address, occupation, and the name of the employer of individuals whose contributions exceed $200 in a calendar year.

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