On May 19th, 2013, The Wistar Institute hosted Melanoma Awareness Day at Citizens Bank Park with the Philadelphia Phillies, in an event presented by Citizens Bank and Independence Blue Cross.
At the game, Wistar volunteers spread the word about melanoma prevention, while children received a floppy hat emblazoned with the Wistar and Phillies logos.
While the day may have been a bit damp, Wistar volunteers were quick to tell visitors that ultraviolet (UV) light can burn you even on cloudy days. Dermatologists--colleauges in research from the University of Pennsylvania--were on hand to offer "spot" checks for baseball fans.
Meanwhile, Wistar's Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., president and CEO of Wistar, threw out the first pitch of the game.
And the Park's screen played this thoughtful message from Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bud Selig, himself a melanoma survivor:
The microscope in the image belonged to William E. Horner, M.D., a collaborator with Caspar Wistar, M.D., in the early 1800s.
Dr. Horner, a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, was a pioneer of the use of microscopes in anatomical and medical research. He authored Special Anatomy and Histology, a seminal text on the subject.