St. Louis, MO – February 13, 2015 – On March 28th, St. Louis residents will hit the pavement at Forest Park for the family-friendly, underwear-themed Undy Run/Walk, wrapping up Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Funds raised support colonoscopies and genetic testing for uninsured and underinsured patients at Washington University in St. Louis as well as national prevention, research and patient support initiatives at the Colon Cancer Alliance.
The Undy Run/Walk isn’t your everyday 5K. Over running gear, attendees sport everything from their favorite underwear to tutus, capes and costumes, with some even coming fully dressed as superheroes or ninja turtles. Whatever your style, the Undy takes on colon cancer in a fun and exciting way and gets people talking about this disease.
With registration, participants receive a free pair of boxer shorts and have the opportunity to stroll through a larger-than-life giant inflatable colon. This educational inflatable is a unique way for visitors to get up close and personal with the disease. The event also features an all-ages 1 mile Fun Run, free for participants five years and younger.
A clever twist on a serious topic, the Undy Run/Walk is sparking much-needed conversations. In Missouri, there have been 2,970 diagnoses and 1,090 colon cancer deaths in the past year alone. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Nearly 140,000 Americans were diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, and more than 50,000 died from this disease.
In tribute to some of the most special participants, the Undy Run/Walk concludes with a ceremony to honor those who have battled the disease. Friends and family who are present in memory of a loved one are welcome to participate as well, and a moment of silence will be held in their honor.
“The creative boxers and witty team names bring a light-heartedness to the Undy Run/Walk, but it’s serious business,” says Adina Frazier, Colon Cancer Alliance Special Events Director. “Through partnerships like the one we enjoy with Washington University in St. Louis we’re able to have an even bigger impact on the St. Louis community and get one step closer to accomplishing our mission. What’s better than that?”
Washington University in St. Louis provides colon cancer screening for uninsured and underinsured residents of St. Louis, as well as providing colon cancer education and outreach efforts at the university. On-site registration for the March 28th event starts at 7:30 a.m. CST and the run/walk begins at 9 a.m. CST in Forest Park. For more information or to register, visit undyrunwalk.org and click on St. Louis, MO.
Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax®*, is the proud presenting sponsor of the 2015 Undy Run/Walk 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. Read more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance at ccalliance.org.