Thriller at Miller: Super Students Swinging for Seniors Softball Showdown
On Saturday, July 30th, the Medical College of Wisconsin students and alumni played the fifth annual Thriller at Miller softball game against the Marquette University School of Dentistry students at Helfaer Field outside of Miller Park. To recap previous games, MUSoD won the first game, MCW the next two, the fourth game was called off due to inclement weather and, drum roll please, MCW won Thriller at Miller V!! Final score MCW 9, MUSoD 6. MCW also won bragging rights and the prestigious Caduceus Cup trophy. The trophy was presented to the officers of the MCW student chapter of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) on the field of Miller Park in front of thousands of Brewer fans. FYI – The Brewers also beat the Astros that day 6-2. Mary Cohan MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Edmund Duthie MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief, both in the Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology, were there to rally our team. They also provide faculty support to AGS.
The annual Thriller at Miller softball game is a fundraiser for the Village at Manor Park (VMP) which supports the MCW Senior Mentor Program led by Dr. Mary Cohan. The program matches M1 students with older adults associated with the VMP, and educates students on the aging process.
Submitted by Annette Cernohous
Medical Education Assistant
Wave of Pink at Milwaukee’s Lakefront
Milwaukee's lakefront was pretty in pink as thousands wearing pink gathered at the art museum on September 25th to show support, and raise money for the Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate. A total of 19,500 people participated in the event, which raises money for breast health education, screening and access to treatment.
Nikki Panico, Administrative Manager in the Department of Medicine, a breast cancer survivor herself, served as race co-chair. According to Panico, the race honored 1,200 breast cancer survivors, and is expected to raise $1.3 million. As part of her role, she has spent the past nine months on the planning and implementation of all aspects of the race. “We’re celebrating the survivors, and walking in honor of the people who didn’t survive,” Panico said.
Another Department of Medicine breast cancer survivor Janice Lewis, the Administrative Assistant for the General Internal Medicine, Hospitalist Section also attended the event. She said it was a very moving experience to be standing with so many survivors and thousands of supporters of the cause. She has faith that someday there will be a cure.
Dr. John Charlson an Oncologist at MCW attended the event with his family. Many of his patients at the Race and were so thrilled to see his support and dedication outside of the clinic.
The widespread impact of breast cancer has been the primary factor in the growth of the event that has almost doubled in size over the past five years. Nearly everyone knows somebody who has been affected by breast cancer.
Stay tuned for next year’s Race and become a part of the MCW Race team. Save the date --Sunday, September 23, 2012.