The Ross Medical Education Center campus in Granger has been very busy in their community over the last few months. In September, students, faculty, and staff volunteered on Saturday the 27th for the 4th annual Dentistry From the Heart event. Each year, Mahoney Family Dentistry partners with sponsors to provide free dental care to the community. This one-day clinic was a huge success, involving 151 volunteers, and providing over $110,000 in free dental care to 273 people. Dental Assistant Instructors Cindy Tippman and Mary Knebel were proud of the Ross student volunteers. Knebel stated, “Procedures included cleanings to difficult extractions. It was an amazing day.”
October’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was organized by Medical Assistant student Christina Moreno. The Granger Ross Campus team was unified by their pink, Ross ribbon t-shirts among the sea of other walkers adorned in pink feather boas, pink tiaras, pink tutus, and matching t-shirts representative of their group. Some Ross students and staff walked the course, others pushed their children in strollers, and one Ross student pushed his mother in her wheelchair the entire length of the walk as she is a breast cancer survivor. Christina stated, “It was an inspirational and emotionally uplifting day to see the numerous volunteers and participants making a difference in the fight against breast cancer. I am so honored to be a part of a beautiful and powerful cause as this one.” A total of 2,290 walkers raised $136,993 for Making Strides of Michiana.
Finally, this month the campus is currently collecting food to donate to the Food Bank of Northern Indiana. Students are collecting non-perishable food items to fill two large containers prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday. A friendly class competition is underway during the next two weeks and the evening Medical Assistant class is working hard to do their part in filling the cans to the brim.