July 21, 2009
Beaumont Hospital to Host Royal Oak Undy 5000 5K Run
to Increase Awareness of Colon Cancer
Royal Oak, MI (July 21, 2010) – The first annual Royal Oak Undy 5000 5K run will be held on Saturday, July 31 at 9:00 AM at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. 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.
“Michigan has been very welcoming of the Undy 5000 event,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Earlier this year we held an Undy in Grand Rapids and we’re excited to be working with Beaumont, Royal Oak to help spread the word about this deadly but preventable disease. 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 Royal Oak Undy 5000 will go to the Beaumont Hospital Colon and Rectal Department to promote screenings, colon cancer research, and help the underserved.
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.