Shikha Prakash continues mission with ‘Operation: Save Your Skin’

With May being Melanoma awareness month — and since Melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer — Shikha Prakash will host a 5K Color Celebration Run/Walk to raise awareness for skin cancer prevention as part of her ‘Operation: Save Your Skin’. According to medical professionals, Melanoma is the leading cause of death from skin disease.

Shikha Prakash at an 'Operation: Save Your Skin' presentation to Aikin 1st graders, where she taught about the dangers of skin cancer and provided the students with free sun hats. (eParisExtra photo by Josh Allen)

Shikha Prakash at an ‘Operation: Save Your Skin’ presentation to Aikin 1st graders, where she taught about the dangers of skin cancer and provided the students with free sun hats. (eParisExtra photo by Josh Allen)

Miss Prakash — who is a sophomore at Paris High School — started ‘Operation: Save Your Skin’ in December as an independent Future Problem Solvers project, after hosting her first free skin cancer screening at Texas Oncology-Paris.

Since then, it has grown. She has given presentations to the Rotary Clubs, held skin cancer screenings in Paris and Bogata, provide educational resources to local school districts and provided all the first graders at Aiken Elementary with free sun hats during a presentation there. What started as an independent project has now turned to a full-fledged community awareness outreach program.

The 5K Color Celebration Run/Walk, which will be held at 8 a.m. on May 31 at the Trail de Paris, is the next step in her operation, which has gained a large amount of support from the community.

If you don’t know what a ‘color run’ is, be prepared for a lot of fun, and, well, a lot of color. Participants are encouraged to wear white, as you will be doused with colors at each kilometer of the run, so you will start in white and finish with loads of color.

Pre-registration for the event is $20 and will guarantee you an event t-shirt. Race-day registration is $25 and starts at 7:30 a.m., although, if you wait to register on race day, the t-shirts will be limited.

All proceeds raised at the event will go toward skin cancer prevention resources.

You can print the registration form by clicking here and mail it to:

Operation: Save Your Skin
Shikha Prakash
3255 NE 33rd Street
Paris, Texas 75462

Or, you can drop registration forms off at the following local businesses:

Paris Cancer Center
Creative Candy Designs
Anytime Fitness
Young Title
Paris Glam

For more information, email operationsaveyourskin@gmail.com.

Click HERE to view and print a registration form.

By Josh Allen, eParisExtra


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