Tannings beds are risky business, experts say

Cheerleading wasn’t just about tumbling and team spirit for Katie Donnar. It was also about tanning.

Just before she turned 13, Katie started using a tanning bed in a quest for the bronzed skin that many cheer-leaders at her small school near Vincennes sported.

Katie was worried her mother might frown on the practice. But when Kelly Donnar noticed a few weeks later that Katie’s skin had darkened — in the middle of February — she wasn’t mad. Instead, she bought the two of them a mother-daughter tanning package.

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