October 23, 2010
The Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 Returns to Phoenix to Increase Awareness of Colon Cancer
Phoenix, AZ – The third annual Phoenix Undy 5000 5K run will be held on Saturday, October 30 at 9:00 AM at the State Capitol District. 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 but preventable 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. Event Master of Ceremonies will be KPHO TV5’s Sean McLaughlin.
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), a national patient advocacy organization, will host the event to help educate the public about colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.
“This is the third year in a row that we’ve held the Undy 5000 in Phoenix,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. “Phoenix has been incredibly supportive of our efforts to bring greater awareness to colon cancer and with each passing year the event gets bigger. The Undy 5000 provides a fun, healthy way to inform people about colon cancer, which in turn will help 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 Phoenix Undy 5000 will go to fund treatment services for those diagnosed with colon cancer in Arizona’s Fit at Fifty Health Check Program.
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.