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Wake Forest Pitcher to Speak TODAY at “Inspiration and Perspiration” Pep Fest

Wake Forest University baseball pitcher Charlie Mellies will speak at a Pep Fest today (Friday) at about 1:15 p.m. at Hill Magnet School, 2200 Tryon St. (off Sprague Street), at the conclusion of a week-long Step-a-Thon. The Wake Forest Demon Deacon will help award prizes to winning Hill Magnet School students.

The Step-a-Thon – “Inspiration and Perspiration” – has been encouraging Hill students to be fit and healthy by meeting daily activity goals. Their progress has been documented by pedometers. The prizes will be given during halftime at a volleyball game to students with the most number of steps. The school’s pep band will play.

The Step-a-Thon is being organized by eight Wake Forest University School of Medicine students as part of the N.C. Schweitzer Fellows Program.

Laura Heringer, a second-year medical student and a Schweitzer Fellow, said Mellies pitched a shutout against Florida last season before injuring his arm and has been in rehabilitation all year. He is president of the Wake Forest Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was just tapped for Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK), the national leadership honor society. He is a senior but will be back to pitch this spring and next year because he lost a year for his injury. He is from Clifton Va.

The N.C. Schweitzer Fellows Program, inspired by the life and ideals of Dr. Albert Schweitzer, provides students with an opportunity to help those whose needs are not currently met by our health care system.

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Student Contacts -- Laura Heringer 701-426-9766, Barbara Heffner, 704-895-6506
Media Relations Contacts: Robert Conn, rconn@wfubmc.edu,, Shannon Koontz, shkoontz@wfubmc.edu, or Karen Richardson, krchrdsn@wfubmc.edu, at (336) 716-4587.

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is an academic health system comprised of North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which operates the university’s School of Medicine. U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest University School of Medicine 18th in family medicine, 20th in geriatrics, 25th in primary care and 41st in research among the nation's medical schools. It ranks 35th in research funding by the National Institutes of Health. Almost 150 members of the medical school faculty are listed in Best Doctors in America.

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