SOMA Virtual 5K Raises Funds for Communities in NeedOctober 13, 2020
Funds raised by the event will be used to purchase personal care items and cover operating
costs of the student-run clinics located in Philadelphia neighborhoods.
On Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (PCOM) Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) hosted their first-ever 5K run to
benefit the PCOM Hearts Student-Run Clinics, located throughout the Philadelphia area. To ensure participant safety, the event
was hosted virtually. 43 runners, made up of PCOM students and community members,
ran over the weekend and raised a total of $620. This total was matched by SOMA, making
the donation amount $1,240.
“While we originally planned to do this run in-person, the coronavirus pandemic pushed
us to do it virtually,” shared Brenda Tester (DO ’23), treasurer and secretary of
SOMA. “We wanted to use this run as an opportunity to raise funds for the student-run
clinics that are in need right now,” continued Ms. Tester.
In addition to the virtual 5K fundraiser, SOMA also hosted a virtual raffle for participants.
Participants could submit a photo of themselves during or after their run to be included
in the raffle. Raffle prizes included free Panera bread, free Barry’s bootcamp classes,
gift cards to Starbucks and more.
The PCOM Hearts Student-Run Clinics are located in underserved areas of Philadelphia.
In the wake of COVID-19, students have been prevented from doing their monthly visits.
The patients and residents of these sites were still able to access the health resources
provided by PCOM Hearts, things such as first aid supplies and personal care items,
but supplies have dwindled in recent months. SOMA’s donation will allow sites to purchase
essential items for their patients and residents, as well as cover other operating
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