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PCOM Georgia Helps Paint Gwinnett Pink

October 22, 2021

PCOM Georgia community joined the Paint Gwinnett Pink event to raise money for mammography servicesClad 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.

PCOM Georgia students show why they marched in the Paint Gwinnett Pink eventParticipants, 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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Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a branch campus of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), a private, not-for-profit, accredited institution of higher education with a storied 125-year history dedicated to the healthcare professions. Located in Suwanee (Gwinnett County), PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy. Graduate degrees are offered in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science and physician assistant studies. The campus joins PCOM South Georgia in Moultrie in helping to meet the healthcare needs of the state. Emphasizing "a whole person" approach to care, PCOM Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service to the community. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 678-225-7500. 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 pcomgeorgiahealth.org.

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