Palmer College of Chiropractic served as the official “chiropractic partner” of the 2012 Susan G. Komen (SGK) 3-Day For the Cure® event in the San Francisco Bay Area, Sept. 7-9, marking the seventh year in a row that a team of Palmer alumni, interns and other students provided sports care services that enabled walkers to “go the distance” and reach the finish line of the annual 60-mile fundraiser for breast cancer research.
Once again, the Palmer team worked in tandem with other health care professionals as SGK 3-Day participants completed 20-mile walks each day along a course that started in Corte Madera, and, concluded in downtown San Francisco.
Although fewer walkers participated in this year’s SGK (900 compared to 1,600 in 2011), the Palmer team recorded nearly the same number of treatments (more than 500) in the Sports Medicine Tent.
“Each year the Palmer team keeps getting better, in large part due to the continuity from one year to the next,” said Dr. Pedersen, who has served as Sports Medicine captain (or co-captain) of the Palmer team at the past seven SGK 3-Day events.
“This year we had 32 Palmer students, a third of whom were returning for their second 3-Day experience; for some, it was their third. The continuity of participants, and their amazing dedication and attention to detail, leads to an experienced team, and smooth, efficient delivery of care.”
“I cannot stress enough how important it is, and how thankful we are, to have the Palmer Chiropractic team provide outstanding care and support to the Komen 3-Day participants for the seventh year in a row; the Palmer team has helped to ‘set the bar’ for other medical crews, and we look forward to 2013,” said Stephen Richardson, SGK 3-Day medical operations manager.
In addition to Dr. Pedersen, other West alumni assisting the Palmer team that provided care each day from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. included West faculty members Dr. Ti Pence (’06) and Dr. Jonathan Slater (’97), and Dr. Andrew Cohen (’04), who assisted as a member of the Palmer team for the fourth year in a row.
“The interactions you have with the walkers makes the SGK a very special and unique event,” said Mike Smith, West Campus Sports Council president.
“For many of the walkers who visited our tent, the Palmer team is providing their first chiropractic experience. It’s always a great feeling when you see your patient hop off the adjusting table, and thank you for enabling them to keep on walking.”
Although he’s participated in eight SGK 3-Day events (as a student and alumnus), Dr. Pedersen says the opening and closing ceremonies affect him the same way each year.
“When you hear the MC announce, ‘And special thanks to our health services partner, Palmer College of Chiropractic’, and a crowd of more than 2,000 people explodes into cheers, it brings tears to my eyes.
“I feel a great deal of pride as a Palmer alumnus to be a part of this event. I can see on the faces of the students that it touches them as well. I consider it a privilege to work with a group that I know will become amazing chiropractors, and are going to help many people during their careers.”
Photo 1: West Campus intern Megan Thoma adjusts fellow Palmer team member Tomilyn Thornberry at the SGK 3-Day support station for walkers near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Photo 2: Palmer College served as official chiropractic provider for the seventh year in a row at the 2012 San Francisco Bay Area Susan G. Komen 3-Day fundraiser event, Sept. 7-9.