Glenna Kohl is a Cape Codder who is continuing to make a difference even when she is no longer with us. Diagnosed with melanoma at 22 years old, Glenna, who was a lifeguard in Barnstable for five summers, spoke publicly about the dangers of overexposure to sunlight and tanning beds. After Glenna passed away in 2009 at the age of 26, her family and friends decided to keep her spirit and legacy alive with The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope, which raises money to advance melanoma research at Massachusetts General Hospital and to promote sun safety and tanning awareness through local initiatives.
To date the Fund has paid for the construction of 30 shade canopies at local lifeguard stations and 35 sunscreen dispensers at local beaches, and have more placement planned for the future. Their biggest annual fundraiser, the “Angel’s Masquerade Ball” will take place at The Ridge Club in Sandwich on February 15, 2014 to benefit melanoma awareness. The event will feature keynote addresses by clinical researchers at MGH and melanoma survivors, cocktails, dinner and dancing, as well as auctions and raffles.
“I knew it was bad for you… but it was really my one indulgence that I regret already in life…I wish when I was a little bit younger I had someone like myself to warn me of what really can happen if you’re not more careful when it comes to sun safety and preventing skin cancer.” Glenna Kohl