3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer


Each year, thousands of participants walk 60 miles over three days in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day walk for breast cancer in Atlanta. The annual event, created in 1998 and benefiting Susan G. Komen For the Cure since 2003, takes place in Atlanta in October each year. DeKalb Medical is once again the medical sponsor for the event and Dr. John Kennedy, of DeKalb Surgical Associates, has served as the medical director for the past three years. Beginning at Stone Mountain and ending at the Georgia World Congress Center, the walk included the need for  medical assistance, mostly related to foot care, for some participants.

Dr. Kennedy, past Chief of Staff at DeKalb Medical, a past president of the Georgia Surgical Society and the DeKalb Medical Society, has been treating breast cancer patients for more than 25 years. His passion includes helping to cure women with breast cancer, so they can get on with their lives.   Many of Dr. Kennedy’s patients have participated in the 3-Day Walk over the years. He also has a special focus on the team approach to treating breast cancer and presented the program, “Building a Team,” at DeKalb Medical Center (see below).


Breast Cancer: Building a Team for Each Patient

John Kennedy, M.D. discusses the importance of each patient’s team in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Dr. Kennedy has been a leader in the treatment of breast cancer for a number of years. He was Chief Surgical Resident at Emory University, served as Chairman of the Commission on Cancer Quality Integration Committee, served on the Board of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (GA-CORE) and is past Chief of Staff at DeKalb Medical. Emily Beard, R.N., Nurse Navigator discusses the continuum of care that DeKalb Medical provides for each cancer patient and McClellon D. Cox, D. Min, addresses the social and mental issues that surround cancer.