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DCI breast surgical oncologist Akiko Chiba, MD, FACS, competes in the 2023 "Pickle for Pink" pickleball tournament

Pickle for Pink Pickleball Tournament & Silent Auction Raises More than $40K



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Eight men and women in athleticwear, most holding pickleball paddles, pose outside in front of a black grated court. A Pickle for Pink sign hangs above with a list of event sponsors.
FUNDRAISING PARTNERS Faculty with DCI's Breast Cancer Disease Group came out to play pickleball on Oct. 21-22. Here, they are gathered for a group shot with their spouses/partners. From left to right: David Mauro, Rob Hardaway, Duke Raleigh Hospital breast pathologist Rebecca Varley, MD, breast surgical oncologist Akiko Chiba, MD, FACS, Richard Ezzo, breast surgical oncologist Kendra Parrish, DO, and Joe Parrish, with breast surgical oncologist Laura Rosenberger, MD, MS, out in front.
two women in scrubs pose with medals around their necks in front of a wood and glass door with a pink ribbon sticker that says "Hope, Never give up."
BACK AT THE CLINIC Bronze medal winner in her bracket physician assistant Sophia Tieu, PA-C, and nurse practitioner Jackie White, MSN, AGPCNP-BC — both with Duke Breast Surgery

Duke Cancer Institute's "Pickle for Pink" pickleball tournament (Oct. 21-22) and silent auction (Oct. 1-15) raised more than $40K to benefit Duke Breast Surgery and the Duke Breast Oncology Program. Multiple items were available for auction, including pickleball paddles and gear and two tickets to the P!nk concert in Charlotte, NC.

"Thank you to our phenomenal breast surgery team and Duke Surgical Oncology for coming out in full force to support the inaugural Pickle for Pink event! See you back on the courts next year!" said Maggie DiNome, MD, chief of breast surgery, DCI, professor of Surgery, and the driving force behind the event, in a Tweet. "And thanks to Joey who came out post-call, and to our awesome APP’s Sophie, Sam, and Jackie for coming out on the weekend!"

DiNome also gave "a huge thank you" to the event sponsors Novartis, Wicked Weed Beer, Seagen, Hologic, Gilead Sciences, Edward Young Lee, and Jackie Ray. "P4P would not have been a success without your support!"

(The event was also slated to include an exhibition game on October 20, but the game was rained out.)

Six women in athleticwear pose in front of a black grated court under a "Pickle for Pink" event poster that includes a list of sponsors
BEST FEET FORWARD DCI faculty put their best feet forward for pickleball. From left to right: DCI breast surgical oncologists Akiko Chiba, MD, FACS, Laura Rosenberger, MD, MS, and Kendra Parrish, DO; breast pathologist Rebecca Varley, MD (Duke Raleigh Hospital), and DCI breast surgical oncologists Shelley Hwang, MD, MPH, and Maggie DiNome, MD.
Four men in athleticwear and one woman in the middle pose indoors with a wooden wall and lighted window behind them.
The pickleball pro-exhibition match slated for October 20 was rained out, but the pros joined supporters and DCI breast group faculty for brats and beer at the Duke Faculty Club. From left to right: pickleball pros Braden Shick, Collin Shick (a UNC medical student studying to be a surgeon who's been signed by Selkirk), Adam Stone, and Noah Sariban, with "Pickle for Pink" organizer and Chief of Breast Surgery Maggie DiNome, MD, at center.
one woman in a Duke tank top and shorts with her arm around a woman in a pink t-shirt and shorts, both holding pickleball raquets in front of a court
COURTSIDE DCI breast surgical oncologists Laura Rosenberger, MD, MS, and Akiko Chiba, MD, FACS, came to play.
Two women dressed in pink stand under a "Pickle for Pink Sign" where the sponsors names and logos are written.
PINKED OUT DCI physician assistant Samantha Verruto, MS, MHS, PA-C, Breast Surgery, and Erin Carpenter, her pickleball partner.
five people in t-shirts, shorts, and sneakers sit in a line on folding chairs with a court in the background
ALL-IN FOR PICKLEBALL Yun-Cheng Ju and Iris Chu (parents of Michelle Ju, MD, a first-year surgical oncology fellow), Michelle Ju, MD, Peter Allen, MD, PhD, and John Kim (husband of Shelley Hwang, MD)