July 19, 2010
Colon Cancer Alliance Brings the Undy 5000 to Jersey Shore to Increase Awareness of Colon Cancer
Long Branch, NJ (July 19, 2010) – The first annual Jersey Shore Undy 5000 5K run will be held on Saturday, July 31 at 7:00 AM at Pier Village in Long Branch, NJ. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), a national patient advocacy organization, will host the event to help bring greater awareness to colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
“We are excited to bring this unique event to the Jersey Shore,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance The Undy 5000 is a fun, healthy way to educate people about colon cancer. If more people understand the importance of screenings, more lives will be saved.”
The Undy 5000 is held in cities nationwide to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and get people talking about the disease. The event raises much needed funds to support and build the CCA’s national and local patient support and innovative public awareness programs. In addition, a portion of the funds raised from the Jersey Shore Undy 5000 will go to the Riverview Medical Center Foundation to support their healthcare program.
This event stands out from many other 5K events because participants run in specially designed boxer-style shorts, providing a fun way to bring attention to a serious disease. It is a family-oriented event open to all ages. In addition to the 5K, there will be a family fun run and activities for children.
The Undy 5000, created by the CCA, is designed to promote awareness and education about colon cancer. The event particularly stresses the importance of timely colon cancer screening and also provides valuable information for those already affected by the disease.
More information about the Undy 5000 is available online at www.undy5000.org.
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The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. In order to increase screening and survivorship rates, the CCA provides education and patient support, furthers research efforts, and conducts advocacy work across the country.