Palmer team helps walkers “go the distance” at San Francisco AVON 39
For the second year in a row, care provided by doctors and interns from the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics in San Jose, Calif., helped hundreds of participants in the 2017 AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer in San Francisco “go the distance” and raise $3.1-million for breast-cancer research.
More than 1,400 walkers from 39 states and Washington, D.C. (each of whom generated pledges of at least $1,800) took part in the 15th annual San Francisco AVON 39, one of seven nationwide events that have raised nearly $620-million since Avon launched the fundraising series in 2003.
AVON 39-San Francisco participants walked a 26.2-mile course through parts of San Francisco, Marin and Sausalito (including a trek across the Golden Gate Bridge) on Saturday. After spending the night in pink-themed tents on the campus of San Francisco City College, walkers were up early Sunday morning to complete the final 13.1 miles on Sunday.
The Palmer team were “early-risers” as well. Each day began and concluded at the “base camp,” located at Fort Mason in Golden Gate Park, which is where the Palmer clinicians, interns and other Sports Council members initiated care, before moving on to different spots along the route.
Working in tandem with Stanford Health Care, the 50-member Palmer team provided chiropractic and/or soft-tissue care for approximately 260 participants the first day, and approximately 225 on the second.
Ti Pence, D.C., (West, ’06), served as captain of the Palmer team, and was assisted by fellow clinicians Rhiannon Dickison, D.C. (West, ’12) and Jonathan Slater, D.C. (West, ’97).
“It was exciting and rewarding to see our team provide such excellent care to hundreds of struggling walkers,” said Dr. Slater.
“Our team of interns and supporting students stepped up to the challenge of helping the walkers accomplish their goals, which was made even more challenging by the unexpected cold weather, and formidable new course.”
“The determination and will necessary to complete a full marathon on day one, and a half-marathon on the second, is impressive in itself, but the camaraderie and support that the participants create for each other and their loved ones is unrivaled,” said Michael Klein, West Campus Sports Council president.
In addition to providing West campus interns and student-assistants with another opportunity to develop and fine-tune their sports-chiropractic skills, Klein says the Avon-39 is unique and noteworthy for other equally important aspects.
“This event allows our Sports Council to assist an exemplary group of individuals in their mission for success, which is a testament to the benefits of chiropractic, as well as an accurate representation of the altruistic mentality that we share as healthcare providers,” noted Klein.
“We are honored to support such a cause as Avon 39, and cannot wait to work together with the Stanford Medical team, once again, to provide the best-possible care for participants at next year’s event.”