On Saturday July 24, thousands of local area residents gathered for the 2010 Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Fit for Eternity Walk/Run. Now in its fifth year, the annual event commemorates the church expansion and raises awareness of a local community health issue. This year’s walk/run proceeds benefitted two Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) community health centers: Mary Howard Health Center, which provides comprehensive, continuous health care services to Philadelphia’s homeless population, and Rising Sun Health Center, which provides high-quality, affordable health care to uninsured and underinsured Philadelphians.

Each health center received $7,500 towards expanding and improving patient services. Many PHMC employees participated in the race including Jeanne Ciocca, executive director Resources for Children’s Health, who walked away with a first place medal in her division. In addition, runners from Students Run Philly Style, a National Nursing Centers Consortium program, received top medals in various divisions. “We are thrilled and thankful that Enon selected Mary Howard and Rising Sun Health Centers as this year’s Fit for Eternity Run/Walk beneficiaries,” said Elaine Fox, vice-president of specialized health services at PHMC. “The ever-increasing demand for care, the need for medications and lab work for uninsured patients and additional services, such as optometric care, make the gift from Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church a true blessing to our staff and patients.”