November 21, 2013
Boxers and Briefs Take Over Phoenix Streets
Phoenix Undy 5000 5K Raises Thousands to Fight Colon Cancer
(November 21, 2013) Phoenix, AZ – This past Saturday, nearly 1,300 people ran in support of colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates at the State Capitol District in underwear-themed outfits to participate in the Colon Cancer Alliance’s 6th annual Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk. Even the Phoenix Suns Gorilla came out sporting banana print boxers, and was wildly popular with participants and their families. The Undy 5000 costume contest was a hit, showcasing some fun and elaborate “undy” costumes. Nolan the Colon, the Central Arizona Chapter’s giant inflatable colon, was a hot spot for photo opportunities during the event.
In Phoenix, colon cancer has left a bigger gap than some may think. In Arizona 19 people die each week from colorectal cancer. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. More than 140,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2013, and more than 50,000 will die from this disease.
This year’s Undy 5000 5K raised more than $145,000 to fight colon cancer. Locally, funds will support the Arizona Department of Health Services Fit at Fifty HealthCheck program, which screens uninsured and underinsured residents for colon cancer and provides financial assistance to those who are diagnosed. Nationally, funds will support the Colon Cancer Alliance’s prevention, research and patient support initiatives.
Terri Baack, a member of the Colon Cancer Alliance Central Arizona Chapter, knows firsthand the toll this disease has taken in the Phoenix area. “I was 45 years old at the time of my diagnosis and had no family history of cancer” said Baack. “It is my hope that by getting involved with the Undy 5000, people will be encouraged to get screened and be spared from this horrible and silent cancer.” Baack gave an inspirational speech to the 48 attending survivors and their friends and family in a ceremony honoring their fights and those who have been lost to this disease.
Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax®*, is the proud presenting sponsor of the 2013 Undy 5000 event series. As the #1 doctor-recommended stimulant for constipation relief, Dulcolax ® reminds everyone over the age of 50 or with a family history of colon cancer, that a colonoscopy can save lives.
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The Colon Cancer Alliance’s mission is to knock colon cancer out of the top three cancer killers. We are doing this by championing prevention, funding cutting-edge research and providing the highest quality patient support services. www.ccalliance.org