Palmer College of Chiropractic served as the official chiropractic partner of the 2013 Susan G. Komen (SGK) 3-Day For the Cure® event in the San Francisco Bay Area, June 21-23, marking the eighth year 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 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 on the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge (in Corte Madera), and concluded near the Civic Center plaza in downtown San Francisco.
Since its inception in 1987, the Komen San Francisco Bay Area Affiliate has invested more than $14 million in local breast health and breast cancer awareness projects in the nine Bay Area counties, with the 3-Day serving as the affiliate’s primary fundraising event. The Komen organization announced its plan to discontinue several SGK 3-Day Walks throughout the country earlier this year. However, the fact that 2013 marked the finale for the San Francisco Bay Area event did not put a damper on the energy, excitement or enthusiasm of the participants or the Palmer team.
“Although the overall number of walkers has declined the past two years, the percentage of patient visits to the Palmer tent has remained about the same,” said Dr. Brant Pedersen (West ’04), who has served as Sports Medicine captain (or co-captain) of the Palmer team at the past seven SGK 3-Day events. “Walking what amounts to three back-to-back marathons through hilly San Francisco can take its toll even on the most physically-fit athlete, so with a group whose overall fitness level spans a wide range, the scope of conditions that we typically see each year affect the low-back and pelvic regions, as well as hip, knee and foot/ankle.”
Under the direction of Dr. Pedersen, who was assisted by West Campus clinician Dr. Ti Pence (’06) and Dr. Andrew Cohen (’04), a member of the Palmer team for the fifth year in a row, the Palmer team was prepared to care for each of those physical conditions – as well as provide moral support to help each walker reach the finish line.
“Our team this year was phenomenal, because even though we had fewer members than years past, everyone rocked it,” said Vanessa Nordin, Sports Council event coordinator for this year’s SGK 3-Day. “The most wonderful aspect about the Susan G. 3-Day is that you can see and treat the same patient all three days, which is something we don’t typically experience at most of our other events. You get to see their wonderful progression, and experience their happiness and gratification for helping them to walk more comfortably over the three-day period.”
Sports Council team participants during the three-day event included West Campus interns Bradley Bailey, Minnie Cao, Ciara Cappo, Jackie Casab, Jesus Cazares, Nick Cruze, Johanna Gan, Andrew Lopez, Vanessa Nordin, Kaitlin Overman, Ryan Slaughter; tent manager Peter Rehl; and student observers Patrick Edmonson, Matt Fuller, Daniel King, Derek Ko, Andrew Magsumbol, Matt McCormack, Jennifer Morris, Kale Ptacek, Will Shiau and Amy Tucker.
Although this may have been the final SGK 3-Day event in northern California, Dr. Pedersen says he’s proud of his eight-year association with the Palmer team, and he’s exploring the possibility of continuing the chiropractic connection next year, even in a scaled down format, at the only California-based SGK 3-Day event (which will take place in San Diego).
"It has been an honor to be involved with the Palmer Sports Council on this event over the years as an intern, clinician, co-captain, and captain,” said Dr. Pedersen, who maintains his primary practice at Positive Motion Chiropractic in Los Gatos. “Over the years, the Palmer team has worked together to provide care to thousands of walkers, and has also introduced chiropractic as a health care option to hundreds of people who had never before seen a chiropractor."
“For the eighth year, Palmer College doctors and students have participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day San Francisco event,” said Stephen Richardson, SGK 3-Day medical operations manager. “The professionalism, compassion and expertise shown by the Palmer College team led by Dr. Brant Pedersen is unsurpassed in the event world! It is truly a pleasure to work with everyone from Palmer College, and I sincerely hope that we will have an opportunity to work together again in the future!”