July 3, 2013
Sea-Tac Families Run In Boxers To Spotlight Colon Cancer
Undy 5000 5K Raises Funds for Local Partners and Critical Initiatives, Spurs Awareness
(July 3, 2013) Washington, DC – On Saturday, more than 315 colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates hit the streets surrounding Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium in underwear-themed outfits to participate in the Colon Cancer Alliance’s 4th annual Undy 5000 5K Walk/Run. But this event wasn’t just a fun run; in this corky and unconventional way, the Undy 5000 5K is raising awareness and funds to fight colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
This year’s event raised more than $60,000 through individual and team participants and local sponsors. Funds raised through the Undy 5000 not only support local community health partners, but also help fund critical national prevention, research and patient support initiatives.
“Seattle-Tacoma has once again shown what a caring, active and engaged community it is,” said Todd Setter, National Director of the Undy 5000 series. “With the help of Saturday’s successful event, we’ll continue leading the charge against colon cancer, creating more support and awareness around the country. That’s what the Undy 5000 is all about – drawing attention, increasing screening rates and, ultimately, saving lives.”
The Undy 5000 is a one-of-a-kind experience, bringing together hundreds of people who have been affected by colon cancer and giving participants the opportunity to memorialize and honor loved ones. More than 14 colon cancer survivors attended Saturday’s 5K and were honored during the event’s signature survivor ceremony. One survivor even wore the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Blue Star of Hope costume, taking it off before candidly sharing her story with participants.
A fun twist to a serious topic, the Undy 5000 is one of the many ways the Colon Cancer Alliance is sparking much-needed conversations. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet nearly 150,000 Americans are estimated to be diagnosed this year alone. People may not want to talk about “that” part of the body, but talking about it just might save a life.
Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax®*, is the proud presenting sponsor of the 2013 Undy 5000 event series. As the #1 doctor-recommended stimulant for constipation relief, Dulcolax ® reminds everyone over the age of 50 or with a family history of colon cancer, that a colonoscopy can save lives.
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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. www.ccalliance.org