The Lauren Savoy Olinde Foundation held its third annual 5K and 1-mile Hat Run and Skin Cancer Screening on April 25 at Pennington Biomedical Research Center to promote skin cancer awareness and teach skin protection.

Despite the gray skies, the Hat Run had more than 800 participants register, and more than 200 residents were screened by dermatologists at the onsite skin cancer screening, a news release said.

The Hat Run raised more than $30,000 to support the foundation’s efforts in promoting awareness of skin cancer through the efforts of education, prevention and early detection, the release said.

The LSO Foundation provides skin cancer awareness to the community through several projects and services, including shading playgrounds; providing skin safety education to youth, hairdressers and the public; providing hats to outdoor workers; and promoting skin cancer screenings throughout the community.

The foundation was named after Baton Rouge native Lauren Savoy Olinde died from a two-year battle against melanoma in January 2012. She was 27 years old and had just begun her career as a local pharmacist in Baton Rouge.

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