Several PCOM students walked the night away last Friday in support of the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. The global event raises funds for cancer research and to support patients and caregivers.
This year’s theme was “Carnival.” Awards were given for best costumes and other superlatives. Other events—such as dodgeball, a breakdancing class and yoga—occurred during the main walk, designed to keep participants entertained and spirits high. Students also held a luminaria ceremony to honor and remember those who have overcome cancer, and those who died from it.
This year, the event raised more than $13,000 for the American Cancer Society. Since its inception in 2011, PCOM walkers have raised nearly $96,000. Participants walk to represent the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day cancer will be eliminated.
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has trained more than 15,000 highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach, treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM offers the doctor of osteopathic medicine, doctor of pharmacy and doctor of psychology degrees and graduate programs in mental health counseling, school psychology, physician assistant studies, forensic medicine, organizational development and leadership, and biomedical sciences. Our students learn the importance of health promotion, education and service to the community and, through PCOM’s Healthcare Centers, provide care to the medically underserved populations in inner city and rural locations.
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