September 29, 2009
The 2nd Annual Philadelphia Undy 5000:
A brief run to fight colon cancer
PHILADELPHIA, PA (September 29, 2009) – The Second Annual Philadelphia Undy 5000 5K run was held in Philadelphia on September 27th at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Hundreds of people braved the rain, many of them in their favorite boxers, to raise awareness and funds to fight colon cancer. By the end of the day, race participants helped to raise over $110,000 for the Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA).
This important but fun event is held in different cities across the country throughout the year to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings, and get people talking about this deadly, but preventable, disease. The Undy 5000 raises much needed funds to support and build the CCA’s innovative screening and awareness programs. A percentage of the local proceeds will benefit the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Colon Cancer Alliance.
The Undy 5000 was just one of several events held in Philadelphia over the weekend as part of Philly Goes Blue for Colon Cancer. The weekend of events, created by the CCA, was designed to promote awareness and education about colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The Philly Goes Blue events particularly stressed the importance of timely colon cancer screening, and also provided valuable information for those already affected by the disease.
Sponsors of this event included Salix Pharmaceuticals, Genentech Bio-Oncology, sanofi-aventis, MITA (Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance), the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, 6ABC, Jefferson Hospital, DiagnoCure, Siemens, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Color Me OKI, Colon Health Centers, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Please Touch Museum, Now 97.5, Fairmount Park and City Avenue Special Services Department.
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About The Colon Cancer Alliance
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. In order to increase rates of screening and survivorship, the CCA provides patient support, education, research and advocacy across North America.
As the Voice of Survivors, the CCA works as an advocate for colorectal cancer patients and their families. The CCA offers information and support from the first-hand experience of survivors and others whose lives have been touched by this disease.
Each year the CCA provides information and services to hundreds of thousands affected by the disease.