ATLANTA, Sept. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nu Chapter of Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority at Georgia Institute of Technology was presented with the 2016 PCOS Challenge Community Service Award at the PCOS Awareness Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, September 24th. The PCOS Challenge Community Service Award recognizes individuals and organizations for their outstanding leadership and exemplary service in addressing polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), one of the most neglected areas of health. The award honors those individuals and organizations making a significant difference in the lives of women and girls with PCOS and that support PCOS awareness and education efforts.
Sasha Ottey, Executive Director of PCOS Challenge, Inc., says, "We are proud to present the Nu Chapter of Omega Phi Alpha with our prestigious community service award. More than 50 percent of women and girls with PCOS are going undiagnosed, untreated and unsupported. We are grateful to Omega Phi Alpha for hosting the 2016 PCOS Awareness Weekend and for their visionary leadership in addressing this critical, underserved area of health. There is a great need for other organizations to follow their example in addressing this epidemic that is adversely impacting the health of millions of women and girls."
Courtney Shirley, President of Omega Phi Alpha - Nu Chapter, says, "The sisters of Omega Phi Alpha are so thankful to have been given the opportunity to partner with PCOS Challenge, Inc. in hosting the first ever PCOS Awareness Weekend. It was such an honor to receive the PCOS Challenge Community Service Award, as service is one of our sorority's cardinal principles. PCOS Awareness has been our main philanthropy for eight years now, and we are so grateful to be able to expand this event and further touch the lives of those affected by PCOS."
PCOS Awareness Weekend 2016 - Atlanta included the fourth annual Southern Regional PCOS Awareness Symposium on Saturday, September 24th and the Bolt for PCOS 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, September 25th. The weekend's events attracted over 500 participants throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Omega Phi Alpha 2016 Bolt for PCOS event, benefiting PCOS Challenge, Inc., helped raise over $35,000 for PCOS education, support, grants, screenings and research programs.
About Omega Phi Alpha National Service Sorority
Omega Phi Alpha is an inclusive and diverse provider of service-oriented leadership development through a community of dedicated sisters. The organization is a national service sorority with hundreds of collegiate members who actively serve their communities. Through the various chapters at 30 universities across the United States, Omega Phi Alpha sisters strive to further the sorority's principles of friendship, leadership and service.
About PCOS Challenge
PCOS Challenge, Inc. is the largest and most active 501(c)(3) nonprofit support organization advancing the cause for women with polycystic ovary syndrome, serving nearly 40,000 members. The organization touches the lives of women with PCOS and their supporters each year through television and radio programming, online and offline support groups, grants, health screenings and education and awareness initiatives. Since PCOS Challenge began its programs in 2009, the organization has helped many women find answers that have helped them overcome their struggles with infertility, weight gain, anxiety and depression and reduce their risk for numerous life-threatening related conditions including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
William R. Patterson
PCOS Challenge, Inc.
SOURCE PCOS Challenge, Inc.