unBeach Party!

Missed the 2016 unBeach Party? Catch up through the photos on our Facebook page here:



And make sure you get your tickets for the 2018 Gala!


Don’t miss the party of the year at the Vancouver Aquarium on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. #unBeach

Save Your Skin Foundation’s unBeach Party will raise funds for skin disease and skin cancers on Wednesday, May 18th at the Vancouver Aquarium. This first annual party for 300 guests takes place during Melanoma Awareness Month and will include themed cocktails and canapés, an exclusive silent auction, beach volleyball, entertainment, a surprise guest host – and all to the beat of our unBeach playlist (which will be available for download next month!).

The 2016 unBeach Party’s goal is to raise enough funds to roll out a critical awareness campaign on sun safety to schools throughout Canada and to support other important 2016 patient support initiatives. Funds raised at the 2016 unBeach Party will ensure better awareness, prevention and detection of skin disease and skin cancers within elementary schools across Canada.

Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer. It is also one of the most preventable. Over 80,000 cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in Canada each year, more than 5,000 of which are melanoma, the mostly deadly form of skin cancer. There are more new cases of skin cancer each year than the number of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers COMBINED!

Skin cancer is caused by overexposure of the skin to UV radiation. The most common sources of UV radiation on the skin are the sun and artificial tanning beds. Though skin cancer is preventable and most often treatable, it remains the most common form of cancer.

For 2016 unBeach Party sponsorship inquiries, tickets or questions, please contact Karran at or call 1-800-460-5832.

Space is limited, get your tickets today!
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Don’t miss the party of the year! #unBeach

Date: May 18, 2016
Location: Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way
How to Get There: The Vancouver Aquarium is located in beautiful Stanley Park. Directions and parking details can be found here
Attire: Business casual beach attire

Individual tickets are $100 and a group of 10 tickets is $1,000. Partial tax receipt issued after the event. To purchase tickets, please contact Karran Finlay at or call 800-460-5832 or purchase online here.

Event Details

6:30 pm Party Starts!
Silent Auction, Beach Volleyball, unBeach Playlist Beats, Sunscreen Sampling and more!
7:30 pm Special Guest Welcome
9:30 pm Raffle Draw

Silent Auction

Silent auction items to be listed soon!


Raffle prizes to be announced soon!


The Save Your Skin Foundation invites you to partner with us as a sponsor of The unBeach Party. We offer monetary sponsorship involvement at a variety of levels. If you would like to discuss a sponsorship opportunity, please contact:

Karran Finlay
Save Your Skin Foundation
Tel: 778-988-8194

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A Medical Student’s Prospective on the Save Your Skin Foundation

Liz Willsey, MD Candidate UBC Class of 2018, chose the Save Your Skin Foundation for an assignment and we are happy to share an extract of her article with you.

“My interest in melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer led me to choose the Save Your Skin Foundation for this assignment.  I have a passion for improving skin cancer detection and treatment, and my passion has continued to grow after I spent my summer studying the genotypic and phenotypic correlations of melanoma in Queensland, Australia.  I was particularly interested in learning more about the Save Your Skin Foundation, as it is based locally here in Vancouver, and one of the few organizations in Canada offering support for skin cancer patients.  While working on this assignment, I realized that despite how common skin cancer is in Canada, there is in contrast, strikingly low general public awareness and few resources available for patients battling this disease.  When I was talking with Karran Finlay regarding her involvement in the agency, she emphasized that this was an area that sustained and ongoing efforts could really could make a difference; it is an area where so much is not known, yet early detection and intervention could greatly assist in saving lives. This is something that hit close to my heart and something I strongly believe in.  As a child, I have grown up with a love of the ocean and spending time outside surfing, and this outside exposure drew me early on to the field of skin cancer.  I overheard so many stories of people with worse prognoses simply due to failure to recognize and treat the skin cancer early.  This was further reinforced while I was working on skin cancer research this summer; the importance of diagnosing skin cancer early, treatment and removal, before the malignant stages.  I realized how much a difference this could make in a person’s life.  This motivates me to want to work in this field, and it also motivated members of the organization to want to do this type of work.

I believe it is extremely important for medical students, like me, to be engaged with community organizations like the Save Your Skin Foundation during our training.  It allows them to understand what resources are available to patients and how to appropriately direct patients to the right resources.  Furthermore, it emphasized in me, as a future doctor, the importance to work and partner with community organizations to advocate for patient care.  The Save Your Skin Foundation relies on doctors to help act as advocates for improving funding for treatment at the government level.  This was an invaluable part of my training to reinforce what I need to do at the systemic level once I am a doctor to improve patient care.”

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