Mission Hospital’s Spirit of Giving to Reach Tens of Thousands of Orange County Beachgoers with Gift of Sun Protection

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Mission HospitalÂ?s Spirit of Giving teams will visit virtually every beach in OC during weekend of July 15, 16 and 17 to provide sunscreen to beachgoers. Pro-Am surfer Bethany Hamilton and Olympic gold medallist Amanda Beard to provide tips on surfing, swimming, and summer safety at the beach.

During the summer, we see an influx of preventable injuries and accidents from beach activities. We want people to enjoy the waves and sun safely while at the same time encouraging the idea of giving to others.

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As part of continuing efforts to demonstrate the power of everyday good deeds, Mission Hospital’s Spirit of Giving (http://www.spiritofgiving.org) will be out in force this weekend along Orange County shorelines to provide tens of thousands of beachgoers with a free gift of sun protection. Pro-Am surfer Bethany Hamilton and Olympic gold medallist swimmer Amanda Beard will join the effort today by sharing tips on surfing, swimming, and water and beach safety.

Throughout today, Saturday and Sunday, scores of Mission Hospital Spirit of Giving team members (http://www.spiritofgiving.org/spirit.php/team) and volunteers will be roaming county beaches and piers to help ensure county beachgoers have access to maximum sun protection. Last year alone, nearly 2,000 people were diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer in Orange and Los Angeles counties, according to the American Cancer Society.

The roving teams will be equipped with special backpack sprayers that provide head-to-toe, quick-drying sunscreen application in seconds. In addition, more than 50,000 sunscreen packets will be handed out along the shores from Huntington Beach to San Clemente.

“Mission Hospital’s Spirit of Giving (http://www.spiritofgiving.org) is about serving each other through a kind gesture, and what better way to do that at the beach than by providing someone with sun protection and water safety tips,” says Dr. Robert Winokur, Medical Director of Mission Hospital Emergency Services. "During the summer, we see an influx of preventable injuries and accidents from beach activities. We want people to enjoy the waves and sun safely while at the same time encouraging the idea of giving to others."

Hamilton, who won the 2005 National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) Championships in the Explorer Women’s division and recipient of the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Comeback Athlete, will be giving surfing tips to local children’s clubs. Beard, an Irvine native and seven-time Olympic medallist swimmer, will share swimming tips with children’s clubs on Friday morning. Both will help give away sunscreen to beachgoers on Friday.

Mission Hospital’s Spirit of Giving (http://www.spiritofgiving.org) program was developed to encourage people to demonstrate their giving spirit through simple acts of kindness or good deeds. An "act" can be as simple as a "Hello" to a stranger or as extensive as giving time or money to a worthy organization. The program goal is to accomplish a total of 100,000 combined acts between the hospital and community.

To date, nearly 50,000 combined acts have been accomplished, all within the first seven months of Mission Hospital’s Spirit of Giving “100,000 Acts of Giving” program (http://www.spiritofgiving.org). The community can view these acts, share their own experiences, find out about future events and much more by logging on to http://www.spiritofgiving.org.

About Spirit of Giving

Mission Hospital’s Spirit of Giving is about serving each other in meaningful ways as part of our daily lives. Some people demonstrate this through thoughtful acts. Some do so through volunteering their time and talent. Still others do it through philanthropy. The ways to show your Spirit of Giving are endless. The Spirit of Giving is an integral part of Mission Hospital’s culture and reflects the values that guide the organization’s daily activities. For more information, log onto http://www.spiritofgiving.org.

About Mission Hospital

Mission Hospital is a 340-bed acute care, full-service facility serving all of south Orange County and houses the region’s designated trauma center, one of only three in the county. Located in Mission Viejo, Mission Hospital offers a complete array of top-quality healthcare services including Mission Trauma Center and 24-hour emergency care; Mission Heart Center providing cardiac rehabilitation and chest pain center; Mission Maternity Center with special care for high-risk pregnancy; and Mission Breast Center offering comprehensive breast care. Mission Hospital also offers the highest level of care in orthopedics, rehabilitation, cancer, stroke, spine, vascular and wellness services. For more information, visit http://www.mission4health.com.

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