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Teacher determined to educate about dangers of melanoma

FISHERS, Ind. (WISH) — One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and 3.5 million new cases are predicted to be diagnosed this year, that’s according to IU Health.

Biology teacher Ken Link knows the statistics all too well. He lost his wife to skin cancer two years ago.

It’s one reason why he makes sure Hamilton Southeastern High School students know the dangers of the sun.

He is raising awareness and helping raise money for melanoma research.

“Right now is the prime time before spring break and prom to educate students. The choices they make now will impact their future,” said student Haynnah Eaton.

HSE students are helping the cause. They are selling wristbands that tell you when it’s time to reapply sunscreen.

They are $1 and can be purchased at the front desk at Hamilton Southeastern High School.

“You never really know when a bad sunburn will leave behind a child, brother, husband or parent. It’s terrible,” said Sandra Ryden.