Atlanta is center of fight against Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

ATLANTA - PCOS Challenge, Inc. and Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority will bring together experts in the field to raise awareness and money to help fight polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

They will gather in Atlanta for PCOS Awareness Weekend 2016, which starts on Saturday, September 24.

It's the largest event dedicated to patient and healthcare provider education.

"We are grateful to Omega Phi Alpha for hosting PCOS Awareness Weekend 2016 and for their outstanding service and leadership," says Sasha Ottey, Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, the leading support organization for women and girls with PCOS, serving nearly 40,000 members. "For too long, the calls for help by millions of women and girls affected by PCOS have gone unanswered."

PCOS is a genetic, hormonal, metabolic and reproductive disorder that affects more than 14 million women in the U.S. and hundreds of millions globally.

It is one of the most critical, under-diagnosed and underfunded areas of health, which can lead to infertility, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, liver disease and lifelong complications.

PCOS Awareness Weekend 2016 includes the PCOS Awareness Symposium on Saturday, September 24th at The Bill Moore Student Success Center.

The Bolt for PCOS 5K Run/Walk will be held on Sunday, September 25th at the Instructional Center (IC) Lawn at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Proceeds from the Bolt for PCOS event will go toward PCOS research, health screenings, grants, education and support programs, as well as increasing awareness and public support for those with the condition.

The PCOS symposium features world leading experts on PCOS.

The event brings together clinicians, researchers, hundreds of PCOS patients and their supporters for a day of sharing experiences, insights and the latest research about the condition. 

"The sisters of Omega Phi Alpha are committed to the fight against polycystic ovary syndrome," said Courtney Shirley, President of Omega Phi Alpha at Nu Chapter (Georgia Tech). "Through channeling our passion for service, we as an organization have made it a priority to raise awareness for PCOS. Several of our current sisters and alumni have PCOS, so this is a cause extremely close to our hearts."


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