February 19, 2014
Local Cancer Warrior Finds Hope, Strength in 5K
Colon Cancer Alliance Brings Fun and Meaningful Run to San Diego
(February 19, 2014) San Diego, CA – At age 36, Emily Mazzetti lived an active and healthy life, enjoying the adventure and thrill of extreme outdoor sports. Over the course of a year, she began noticing gradual changes in her body, but after her symptoms drastically worsened one day did she finally decide to make the call to doctor’s office. Her doctor performed an exam, but turned to a colonoscopy to get answers. During the procedure, her doctor found a tumor, and days later she was diagnosed with colon cancer.
After five weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Emily went in for surgery. The laparoscopic surgery ended up being the easy part of her journey, as the subsequent rounds of chemotherapy wreaked havoc on her body, leaving her nauseated and exhausted by side-effects. Feeling sicker than ever, Emily decided to cut her chemotherapy treatments short, afraid the debilitating side-effects would prevent her from living an adventurous and active life.
As she struggled to regain her strength, Emily discovered the Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk and decided that running and training for the event would be her way of returning to her active lifestyle. The humor and fun of the underwear themed run seemed the perfect way for Emily to spread her message. “I want everyone to know that colon cancer can happen to anyone at any age! People need to be aware of the symptoms and listen to their bodies,” Emily urges. “If something doesn’t seem right, don’t be afraid to get it checked out.”
Two years later, Emily has fully resumed her active lifestyle—happy, healthy and cancer free.
This year’s San Diego Undy 5000 supports both local and national efforts. Locally, funds will support the California Colorectal Cancer Coalition (C4), an organization working to eliminate disparities in the screening and treatment of colon cancer in underserved populations. Funds also support the Colon Cancer Alliance’s national prevention, research and patient support initiatives.
This year’s San Diego Undy 5000 is Saturday, March 8th at 8:00 a.m. Participants will be running and walking in Mission Bay Park wearing their family-friendly, underwear-themed outfits. For more information or to register, visit www.undy5000.org and click on San Diego, CA.
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The Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. We are doing this by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. Read more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance at www.ccalliance.org.