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Brooke Waller
Brooke Waller
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CORE Foundation held its inaugural Health and Wellness Fair in conjunction with the Reston Sprint Triathlon on Saturday, June 4. CORE Foundation uses the triathlon as a means to raise charitable funds to support a variety of projects, which are called CORE Causes, in the community ranging from food insecurity and youth empowerment.

This year the Health and Wellness Fair took place at Lake Newport Pool in Reston, VA. Over 700 athletes registered this year’s event.

Staff from Patient First came out to participate in the Health and Wellness Fair, handing out promotional items, interacting with patients and some who were unfamiliar with our services.

To top it off, the weather was immaculate! We look forward to supporting future CORE Foundation events!

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On Saturday, June 4, more than 20,000 people gathered for the annual Bowie Fest in Bowie, MD. For 45 years, Bowie has celebrated this family-friendly tradition, returning this year with over 200 local vendors to the peaceful Allen Pond Park.

This year, Bowie Fest included three stages of entertainment by local entertainers. Other activities included paddle boating, face painting and an arts and crafts area. Around the pond, participants could enjoy and sample food from area vendors.

Patient First was a sponsor of the event and Kid’s stage. The Patient First Kid’s stage featured African drum songs, stories, games, Animals of Maryland, Caribbean Influenced Children’s song and a Magic Show.

Staff from the Bowie Patient First enjoyed interacting with event attendees.  Several of the event attendees who stopped by our table were complimentary of the services they received and took time to say thank you for the care they received from our doctors, nurses and support staff. We are already looking forward to next year’s event.

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The City of Rockville held its annual Hometown Holidays: A Community Gathering event on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29, at RedGate Park, near our center in Rockville, MD. About 10,000 people attended this free festival that included two stages of entertainment by local and regional entertainment, with more than 10 performers covering genres from rock and reggae to pop and blues.

Patient First was a major sponsor of the event and Kids Stage. The Patient First Stage featured kid-friendly performances, dance, and an animal show. Activities for kids included things like the Sand Dune, Selfie Stations, as well as games like Cornhole, and Connect Four.

In addition, the event featured Taste of Rockville, which featured cuisine from local restaurants.

The entire event was a great success, and our staff had great engagement and interactions with attendees.

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Patient First Supports School's Mental Health Expo

Judge S. Woods Elementary School held its inaugural Mental Health Expo on Thursday, May 26th, which is in close proximity to our Landover Hills location. Hundreds of students, parents and teachers came out to participate..

The entire event was a great success with local health organizations coming together and providing health resources. During the event, they had a DJ, blood pressure screenings, Zumba and yoga classes, and other fun engaging health activities.

As a proud community partner and supporter of healthy living, Patient First was thrilled to participate in the Expo and their mission to help students and staff with their mental health.

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The City of Gaithersburg held its annual Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 21, which is in close proximity to our Germantown location. Approximately 5,000 people, spanning all ages, came out to support the festival.

Since its inception in 2010, the Gaithersburg Book Festival has quickly become one of the nation’s top literary events, attracting award-winning and best-selling authors, poets, and songwriters from across the country. The mission of the festival is to foster an interest in reading, writing and literary conversation.

Patient First has been a proud sponsor of the Gaithersburg Book Festival event for over 5 years, and our staff had great engagement and interactions with attendees.

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Since 2018, Community Youth Advance has hosted an annual “A Mother’s Love 5K Run” that has brought families out from all across the Greater DC region for a fun and engaging 5K to promote health, wellness and community.

Community Youth Advance is dedicated to advancing the academic, social, and career opportunities of boys and girls by providing them and their families, with academic enrichment, mentorship, college prep assistance and access to career training. Community Youth Advance provides comprehensive educational and character-based programming for students in grades K-12.

More than 200 participants gathered on Saturday, May 14 from all over the Greater DC region for the 5k run. After the run there was music, games, entertainment and a photo booth for participants to enjoy.

 Patient First, a proud supporter of Community Youth Advance and their mission to help youth in the community, was excited to be a part of such a great cause.

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Patient First Supports 2nd Annual Asian Festival

Did you know May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month? Patient First was one of the presenting sponsors for the 2nd annual Asian Festival. 

Organized by the Old Town Fairfax Business Association to highlight Asian heritage through food, arts, crafts, education and performances, this one-day, outdoor family event spread out across Main Street in Historic Old Town Fairfax City. Patient First staff enjoyed interacting and engaging with many of the estimated 18,000 attendees.

The entire event was a great success, and Patient First looks forward to supporting the Asian Festival next year.

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Patient First Sponsors 22nd Annual HopeCam 5K in Reston, VA

On May 1st, more than 500 families gathered to support and raise funds for HopeCam at the 22nd Annual HopeCam 5k. 

HopeCam is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity with the mission of using voice and video technology to help children with cancer overcome the burden of social isolation. By virtually connecting these children with their friends and families over a video conferencing application, HopeCam decreases the loneliness and anxiety they experience during this frightening time.

At the 5k event, children who are currently battling cancer offered their testimony about how HopeCam provides them hope, and allows them to connect with their teachers and classmates. Patient First staff enjoyed engaging with the families and seeing the children smile. This fun event included alpacas, Disney characters, rock climbing exhibit and face painting station.

Patient First is a proud supporter of HopeCam. 


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On Saturday, May 30th, the PTA at Mountain View Elementary school, near our Gainesville center held its inaugural Spring Festival, and Patient First was a proud participant in the event!

More than 500 families gathered to take part in the fun and games, which included activities like the Patient First sponsored Moon Bounce, a rock climbing wall, and a variety of games. There was also a chance for kids to get hands-on experiences with horses, and a petting zoo. A DJ fed the ears, keeping the party atmosphere alive, while food trucks fed participants' stomachs. 

The only thing shining brighter than the sun and clear skies were the smiles on the faces of the kids who turned out for this fantastic event. Patient First is proud to have been able to help kick off what everyone hopes will become a yearly event!  


Tunnel to Towers 5k Run

Run season is officially here! Patient First was excited to participate in the annual Tunnel to Towers 5k Run on Sunday, April 3. They had 215 runners and 67 volunteers. Children, adults, and even pets participated in the race. They had a full color guard and Sparky the dog mascot to entertain the kids.
Tunnel to Towers is a national organization and they have local chapters in which they raise funds to pay off the mortgage for a first responder or military family.
Patient First was proud to participate and support such a worthy cause.