Melanoma patient’s crusade to get more Australians using sun umbrellas

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald, April 2018

Damien MacRae would rather blend in with the crowd, but these days, with a large blue-and-silver umbrella over his head in sunny weather, he attracts plenty of stares.

“When I’m walking down the street, people look at me,” the 43-year-old said. “I haven’t had anyone come up to me and ask ‘Why do you have an umbrella?’ but I’m looking forward to that moment when I get to explain.”

Mr. MacRae, with the support of Cancer Council Australia and Melanoma Institute Australia, is on a mission to get more Australians using umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun’s deadly UV-rays.

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