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A gorgeous weekend and clear, cloudless skies provided a picture perfect setting for this year's Baltimore Fleet Week and Flyover event at Baltimore's Inner Harbor. This marked Patient First's second time participating in this biannual celebration of the U.S. Navy, with a table and tent set up on Saturday, June 15th and Sunday, June 16th.

This event drew a wide range of tourists from all over the not just the country, but the world. We spoke with people from as far away as Los Angeles, Argentina, and even one family from Germany! A large contingent of people who stopped by were from the Philadelphia region, given the fact that the Orioles were in town playing the Phillies. Nevertheless, they were still very familiar with our centers and our services, since we have centers in that region, as well. 

The event itself was quite the spectacle, with a variety of planes flying overhead throughout the day, including an F-15 fighter streaking across the sky, and even hovering over the harbor.

Our staff on both days of the event were phenomenal, and everyone had a great time. The organizers were very grateful for our sponsorship, and we certainly look forward to returning in 2026!

Patient First was a proud sponsor for Relay for Life. The event was held on Saturday, May 11th, at Independence High School in Ashburn, 23 minutes away from our Leesburg and Chantilly centers. Despite the windy and rainy weather, cancer survivors and their supporters walked the track to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The event kicked off with a moving opening ceremony, and survivors then took to the track for their first lap. The weather conditions were challenging, but everyone remained determined to finish. After about an hour of rain, the skies cleared and a beautiful double rainbow appeared-- a fitting symbol of hope and resilience.

Everyone there showed their unwavering support for cancer survivors, and we are so glad to have been part of it!

Patient First was invited to participate at the Loudoun Latino Festival on Sunday, April 5th. This annual festival highlights the vibrant traditions of Latino culture through a lively fusion of vendors, crafters, food and live music. Despite the rainy weather, the event was a success. Our table was visible from the road, making it easy for attendees to find us. We provided free blood pressure screenings and handed out Patient First merchandise.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of traditional dishes, while local artisans proudly displayed their handcrafted goods. Intricate jewelry and vibrant textiles were also on sale. Traditional Latin music filled the venue, inviting everyone to dance and celebrate their heritage. Families enjoyed a wide range of activities, including face painting, games and crafts.

The main stage thrummed with the energy of performers, from folkloric dance troupes to singers and a band each highlighting the richness and diversity of Latino culture. Overall, we had an amazing time as this community event, and can't wait to be back next year!

The Bowie Baysox and the Binghamton Rumble Ponies weren't the only forces squaring off at Prince George's Stadium on Saturday, June 8th. The Galactic Empire battled against the Rebel Alliance, as did the First Order and the Resistance, as the Bowie Baysox hosted its annual Star Wars Night.

As part of our partnership with the Orioles' AA affiliate, our Patient First table was set up right outside our sponsored First Aid station during this, one of the team's most well-attended games of the year.

Professional cosplayers were on hand for photos with the fans, many of whom came in costumes of their own. In addition, there were Star Wars themed events in between innings featuring music, lightsaber duels, and other bits of entertainment. The night was capped off with a rousing display of fireworks, set to the orchestrations of the Star Wars saga's films.

As always, our table was well-received, with scores of former patients coming by, telling us how much they appreciate what we do for them every day of the year.

This is always one of the most fun of our outings at the Baysox stadium, and we certainly look forward to many more!

We have participated in Just Between Friends (JBF) consignment events in both the Collegeville and Wyomissing areas during the past several years. Following one of those recent events, another JBF event being set up on the campus of beautiful Haverford College in Delaware County, PA reached out to us and invited our participation in their event. Our schedule was clear, se we jumped at the opportunity to join for a day of this multi-day super sale.

This organization's events always draw big crowds of shoppers who know where to find great bargains, and this event was no exception. Organizers told us they had more than 100,000 items for sale at this particular events. People from all over the region came out to do some serious power shopping for their families. Although the audience was mostly young moms with children, or expectant moms, we saw plenty of dads, grandparents and others, too. It was a buyer's paradise with all kinds of things available for purchase at deep discounts, too. Children's clothing, shoes, games and toys, puzzles, books strollers, furniture and so much more flew out the door at people enthusiastically searched for their treasures.

The event ran like clockwork thanks to a very organized event leader and her scores of volunteer support staff. We were so happy to be part of an event that drew people from such a large area. Although most event-goers were closest to our Patient First centers in Springfield and Devon, PA, many others came from Philadelphia and communities around the city, and even several from South Jersey. We are hoping for an invitation to return to future events since we know this is the type of activity that attracts participants who are very interested in great deals, great service and exactly the type of care we provide at our Patient First locations when people are ill or injured and need care. 

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Dominion Energy Riverrock, advertised as the nation's premier outdoor sports and music festival, took place over the weekend of May 17-19 at Brown's Island and Belle Isle in Richmond, VA. Forecasted rains throughout the weekend did not stop the fun as the event offered a preview of summer fun on the horizon in Richmond. The event was initially designed to promote the City's unique riverfront, downtown trails, and whitewater rapids, but has since evolved and now has over 30 participatory events throughout the 3-day festival, including yoga, a kayak polo competition, and dog jumping, as well as several free demos, offering plenty of ways to be a part of the adventure. In between events, festival goers enjoyed music from local Richmond bands as well as samplings from Richmond's burgeoning foodie scene.

Patient First was on site all three days of the festival and was positioned across from the dog jumping event, offering great views of the competition. Several festival goers stopped by our tent to take advantage of our free blood pressure screenings. While the rain kept the crowds at bay the first two days, the final day made up for it. Of those we talked to, many had visited Patient First and had many wonderful things to say. A highlight of our year, we are already looking forward to next year's festival!

There was plenty of Bad Blood between the Bowie Baysox and the Richmond Flying Squirrels Friday night, as the minor league teams engaged in a slugfest as the Baysox hosted Eras Night for the fans.

In keeping with the theme of the night, many of the people who came out to the game arrived decked out in their best Taylor Swift gear, Bejeweled with their friendship bracelets and other fan paraphernalia.

Plenty of people stopped by our table to say Thank You (Aimee was not there), for the services we provide. So many, in fact, that we struggled to keep there from being too much Blank Space on our table, as they snatched up our promotional items, including branded stress ball baseballs. 

The night was quite  the display of offense, with more than 22 runs scored between both teams, resulting in a final score of 17-10, with the Squirrels as the victor. Here's hoping that the next series results in some Karma for the Sox, and that the next time the two teams square off, there's something Better Than Revenge for the Bowie faithful. It's been a bit of a Cruel Summer for the club, and they could use a winning streak of  a Fortnight or two.

Following the game, Taylor fans were ready to Shake It Off and take in a live concert with a Taylor Swift cover and, and they were certainly Ready For It. Before fans could say Is It Over Now, the night came to a close and everyone went home floating on a Lavender Haze of great memories.

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On Saturday, May 11, Patient First returned to one of the largest street fairs in the Baltimore region, the 43rd annual Laurel Main Street Festival. After several days of rain leading up to the event, the weather proved to be picture perfect, and judging by the volume of the crowd, they were ready to celebrate!

This annual tradition closes off Laurel's Main Street for several blocks, allowing more than 250 vendors, service providers, and food stands to set up shop on both sides of the thoroughfare. Our tent was positioned right square in the center of the action, allowing us to interact with so many people, in what's been our biggest event of the year, so far!

The day began with a nearly hour-long parade, featuring dozens of city leaders, first responders, civic groups, marching bands, youth sports leagues, and private organizations. Among them was Laurel Little League, which we proudly sponsor as one of our youth sports organizations! This provided us a first-hand look at our logo branding on the jerseys for every team in the league!

As was the case last year, the crowds came out in droves. Most of them had been patients at our Laurel center, and all of them were effusive in their descriptions of the care they received from our staff there. As you can see from the photos, it's easy to see why this is one of our busiest events of the year. The crowd was easily in the 30,000+ range, and everyone was eager to come by, say wonderful things about Patient First, and walk away with some of our promotional items. We will certainly look forward to seeing everyone there in 2025!

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With sunnier skies and warmer temperatures, events returned to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this month, where kite enthusiasts and spectators united for the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival. This popular event took place along 16th and 17th streets on the boardwalk, where kites of all varying sizes and shapes could be seen soaring from a mile away. 

Spectators watched as experienced members of the American Kite Association conducted captivating kite demonstrations and routines set to music. With an array of other activities, people of all ages and skill levels were able to participate in the fun through a "Best Kite Contest," allowing them to show off their flying abilities. Kite building workshops helped teach people not only  how to build a kite, but also on the various aspects of kite launching, flying techniques, and safety precautions. Daily awards were given out to the oldest and youngest kite fliers, the funniest kite, the most unusual kite, and the biggest kite. 

While Patient First did not have a kite of their own at the event, we were on site to conduct free blood pressure screenings, and to pass out informational brochures and other giveaway items. Patient First will be back on the boardwalk throughout the summer season for other fun events too!

The 21st Annual KORUS Festival, held from May 3 to May 5 at the Annandale Center parking lot, brought together the vibrant Korean American community for a weekend of celebration. Despite the weather challenges, the festival attracted a diverse crowd with its array of cultural performances and activities. 

Friday's grand opening under sunny skies featured a mix of musical acts, traditional dances from various cultures, and energetic performances that set the tone for the weekend. Saturday's schedule was packed with talent shows, K-pop performances, and cultural competitions despite the persistent rain. Sunday saw the continuation of festivities with the Seniors Superstar Singing Contest and a thrilling performance by the world champion Chun-Jae Park Taekwondo team. 

Throughout the event, attendees enjoyed a variety of activities, including games, job fairs, and cultural showcases. Despite the rain, the community showed up in full force, eager to participate and celebrate. At the event, our table provided valuable information to the Annandale community, including free blood pressure checks and a table for kids activities. With 97 blood pressure readings taken over the weekend, our presence was felt and appreciated. Our signage in Korean attracted attention and sparked conversations, with many attendees expressing surprise and gratitude for our presence in Annandale. We also connected with young attendees, encouraging them to follow us on social media and engage with our center. 

In general, feedback was positive, with attendees mentioning seeing our advertisements in the Korean newspaper and expressing appreciation for our services. We were particularly touched by the gratitude expressed by attendees who received first aid kits from us. Overall, the festival was a success, bringing the community together and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of Annandale community.