October 3, 2010
The Colon Cancer Alliance's Undy 5000 and Peggy Bock Memorial Race For Hope Join Efforts To Increase Awareness of Colon Cancer
Columbus, OH (Oct 3, 2010) – The first annual Columbus Undy 5000 5K run will be held on Sunday, October 10 at 11:00 AM at the track at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, OH. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), a national patient advocacy organization, and the Peggy Bock Memorial Race for Hope will host the event to help bring greater awareness to colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
“The Undy 5000 5K series has experienced great success throughout the nation,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “We are excited to bring this fun run to Columbus. It’s an excellent opportunity for people to have a great time while becoming better educated about colon cancer and the importance of screenings to help save lives.”
The Undy 5000 is held in cities nationwide to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and encourage people to talk 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 Columbus Undy 5000 will go to local entities including The Wellness Community, The Columbus Cancer Clinic and James Care For Life.
This run stands out from many other 5K events because many participants wear 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, activities for children, a silent auction and the Kiser colon, a giant inflatable walk through colon designed to educate people about the various stages of colon cancer, polyps, healthy colon tissue and more.
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.