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Oral Cancer Awareness Walk Raises More Than $11,000

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Written by Adam Zewe

The sixth annual Oral Cancer Walk for Awareness raised more than $11,000 for the Oral Cancer Foundation. The 5k walk/run, which was held on Saturday, May 3 at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, was organized by the University of Maryland School of Dentistry (UMSOD) chapter of the Student National Dental Association.

More than 180 walkers and runners, as well as 30 volunteers participated in the event, which raised a total of $11,716 through donations, registration fees and raffle ticket sales. UMSOD volunteers also provided more than 40 free oral cancer screenings. In addition, all participants received oral hygiene products and oral cancer awareness pamphlets. Assistant Professor Donita Dyalram, DDS, MD, was the featured speaker during the event.

This year's walk was dedicated to two oral cancer patients: Jennifer Grogan, who is in remission and attended the walk, and Thomas Dahlen, who passed away due to oral cancer. Participants honored Dahlen's memory by signing messages for him and his family and decorating a tree with white ribbons.

Click here to see a photo gallery from the event. Photographs by Eric Kim, DDS '16.

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