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Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Presents the 4th Annual Tara’s Jingle Jog

Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Presents the 4th Annual Tara’s Jingle Jog

Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to announce it will be the title sponsor for the 4th Annual Tara’s Jingle Jog, a fun and family friendly 5K that benefits The Passion Foundation, a Melanoma Initiative. The event takes place on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at 8 a.m. in Estero Park, located at 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.  Runners, walkers, and obstacle course participants can pre-register for $30 at Registration will be $40 on the day of the event.

This 5K is great for runners, walkers, and obstacle course participants who want get active for a great cause.  The aim of the Passion Foundation is to fight melanoma through education and prevention and raise funds to build sunshade structures over playgrounds. Tara Simantel Parla and her husband Jon started this organization after Tara was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma in 2010. Though sadly Tara passed away two years later, her memory lives on in the important work that this foundation does for Southwest Florida children by building sunshades to protect them from harmful UV rays while on the school playground.

All of the money raised for The Passion Foundation goes toward covering playgrounds with shade tents to help decrease the sun exposure that children are subject to during recess and P.E. classes. The structures block out 96% of harmful UV rays and lower the temperature by 15-20 degrees. By providing shade for children in the Southwest Florida community, this organization helps decrease harmful sun exposure and lessen their chances of developing skin cancer.

“About 23% of sun damage is done by the time a child is 18 years old. Protecting our children from excessive sun exposure is especially important in Florida where UV rays are stronger. The Passion Foundation is a wonderful organization that works to better our community by helping to lessen sun damage for children and prevent this tragic disease. Riverchase is very proud to be a sponsor of The Passion Foundation and Tara’s Jingle Jog every year,” says Daniel I Wasserman, M.D., FAAD.

If you are interested in volunteering, donating an auction item, or sponsoring the event, email Jon at

About Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery

Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is Southwest Florida’s largest and most comprehensive skin center. Founded in Naples, Florida in 2000 by Andrew T. Jaffe, MD, Riverchase has maintained its initial vision of providing the best comprehensive skin cancer, dermatology and cosmetic surgery services for over a decade. The caring and skilled providers at Riverchase use the latest techniques and equipment to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin disorders and cosmetic concerns. Riverchase has many convenient Southwest Florida locations in North Naples, Downtown Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Downtown Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and North Port. In addition, Riverchase also has two Spa Blue MD locations offering aesthetic spa services in North Naples and Fort Myers. For more information, call 1-800-591-DERM (3376) or visit their website at