Reps for Vets: Wounded Warrior Project Fundraiser

By Krishna Patel, OMS-III Second Vice Chair

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents, and Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine joined forces with the local CrossFit007 in Lillington, North Carolina to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. The event took place at CrossFit007 on January 18, 2015. Months of planning and organizational efforts were contributed by many groups nation wide. The goal of the event was to raise awareness of Wounded Warrior veterans, promote a healthy lifestyle, and spread awareness of osteopathic medicine. Each year, Council of the Osteopathic Student Government Presidents organizes a DO4U event, which comprises of osteopathic awareness and outreach to pre-medical students. This year, the collaborative team took a unique twist by educating future doctors on the sacrifices of our wounded veteran population.

Registration of the event was open to the public with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. Over 150 medical students participated in addition to students from Campbell University and community members. The event consisted of a guest speaker, followed by a team workout. Guest speaker, Captain Ivan Castro is well known for his completion of over 50 marathons and other athletic events. He is blinded Special Forces active solider who served in Iraq and is also an alum of Campbell University. His story and example moved the audience. Speaking to a room full of rising physicians, he stated, “You get all kinds of injuries…there is nothing like military medicine…You aren’t going to see just a stab wound or one gunshot wound. You will see all kinds of things…it’s not like anything you will see anywhere else.” He continued speaking to a filled room by sharing his insight on physicians – “This is why [my doctors] were great doctors; it is because they are first a great human being…Your bedside manner has to be impeccable. You have to be able to talk to a patient in a way they can relate to and listen.”

The workout portion of the event incorporated aerobic and weight lifting exercises in paired teams. The exercise was demanding, but numerous bright smiles could be spotted throughout the crowd, as people were constantly cheered on and reminded of the great cause they were contributing to. The fundraising goal was set to a bar of $2000. Through registration and private donations collected, Reps For Vets was able to raise almost $2300.

A very special thank you to all of those involved in Reps For Vets: Wounded Warrior Project, CrossFit007, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, Council of the Osteopathic Student Government Presidents’ Student Services and PR/Web Committees, Kristen Balkam OMS-III (LECOM-Bradenton), Robert Wills OMS-III (Touro-Nevada), Renee Sarno OMS-III (LECOM-Bradenton), Krishna Patel OMS-III (CCOM), Mona Bazargan OMS-III (MSUCOM), Erin Fitzpatrick OMS-II (CUSOM), Kate Taylor OMS-II (CUSOM), in addition to all of the participants and volunteers throughout the event!

See local news releases on the event:

WRAL    WNCN

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