September 24, 2010
The Undy 5000 Comes to Washington, DC to Help Increase Awareness of Colon Cancer
Washington, DC (September 24, 2010) – The first annual Washington, DC Undy 5000 5K run will be held on Sunday, October 3 at 8:00 AM at East Potomac Park. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), a national patient advocacy organization, will host the event as part of its week long DC Goes Blue campaign, which is designed to help educate the public about colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
“Washington, DC has one of the highest incidence rates of colon cancer in the nation,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Bringing our highly successful Undy 5000 to Washington, DC provides us with a great opportunity to bring greater awareness to colon cancer and the importance of being screened to help prevent this disease. This is a fun, healthy way to inform people about colon cancer, while helping save lives.”
The run 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 Washington, DC Undy 5000 will go to fund colon cancer research and support screenings.
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 is held in cities nationwide to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and get people talking about the disease. The events stress the importance of timely colon cancer screening and also provide 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.