PCOM Georgia Helps Paint Gwinnett PinkOctober 22, 2021
Clad in pink and wearing masks, 26 students, faculty and staff members walked a mile
on the PCOM Georgia walking trail to help raise money to enhance mammography services in Gwinnett County.
Part of Paint Gwinnett Pink, the Office of the Chief Campus Officer has sponsored
the community-wide event, hosted by Northside Hospital Gwinnett, since 2018. This
year, the President’s Community Wellness Initiative also supported the effort with the 2021 theme, “See Beyond.”
Bryan Ginn, chief campus officer, said, “The insidious disease of cancer touches us all in some
form. I was honored to join with many campus colleagues to celebrate several of our
PCOM Georgia breast cancer survivors by walking with them in this fun annual event
that supports our community’s efforts to serve those facing this significant health
challenge. I walked in honor of my mother-in-law, a breast cancer survivor.”
Paint Gwinnett Pink celebrates survivorship and raises awareness and funds for breast
cancer programs at the Northside Gwinnett Breast Centers in Lawrenceville and Duluth.
With all funds raised remaining in Gwinnett, the 2021 goal is to bring 3D mammography
to both locations in order to diagnose breast cancer earlier. In addition, funds go
toward providing access to mammograms, as well as transportation and other assistance
needed for patients diagnosed with breast cancer.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the community event, which has raised close to $900,000
this year, took place at Coolray Field, a minor league baseball park in Lawrenceville.
This year, event organizers asked organizations, companies and individuals to form
teams and conduct virtual walks.
Participants, one in a tutu and another holding balloons, showed up at the front entrance
to the Old Peachtree building at noon on October 19. Following the event, survivors
were celebrated and healthy snacks were shared.
The in-person, outdoor campus event, one of only a handful of non-COVID or vaccine-related
events to be held since March 2020, was organized by Kim Lucier, director of campus
operations at PCOM Georgia.
She said, “I was delighted beyond words at the response I received. Prior to COVID-19,
I was hard-pressed to recruit a team of 15 members from our campus to participate
in this event. Not the case this year, not by a long shot.”
She added, “COVID has changed everything and I have seen it come up in many different
ways since the pandemic set in. I think folks were overjoyed with the opportunity
to do something together again in a safe way.”
“You couldn't see the 26 smiles under our masks, but you could tell our eyes were
smiling and how we all just stayed a little bit longer than usual after the event
ended. We were just happy to be outside together again at an event for a wonderful
cause. And we thank PCOM for the support!”
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500.
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