August 8, 2013
Unique Event Puts Spotlight on Colon Cancer
Nashville Community Rallies to Fight This All-Too-Common Disease
(August 8, 2013) Washington, DC – People of all ages are taking to the streets in an unconventional way for the Colon Cancer Alliance’s Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk. On August 17 at 8:30 am, participants will be running and walking through downtown Nashville in the 2nd annual Nashville Undy 5000, wearing their family-friendly, underwear-themed outfits. It may look a bit unusual, but this event not only raises eyebrows, but also awareness and funds to fight colon cancer.
The Undy 5000 isn’t your typical 5K. Instead of a race day t-shirt, participants receive a pair of Undy 5000 boxer shorts to bring attention to the area of the body affected by colon cancer. If that’s not unique enough, attendees have the rare opportunity to walk through the Colon Cancer Alliance’s larger-than-life inflatable colon exhibit, which helps create a dramatic visual by showing visitors the various stages of this disease.
The Undy 5000 provides a one-of-a-kind experience, allowing hundreds of people who have been affected by colon cancer to come together as a community. This event honors survivors in attendance and also takes a moment to remember those who have lost their battle. Whether you are an avid runner, a survivor or are supporting someone affected by this disease, the Undy 5000 provides a morning of inspiration and encouragement while making colon cancer a topic that is OK to talk about.
But the Colon Cancer Alliance isn’t all talk; they take it one step further through their local partnerships. Funds raised through the Undy 5000 not only support local community health partners, but also help fund critical national prevention, research and patient support initiatives. Proceeds from the Nashville Undy 5000 support the Blue Note Fund, a financial assistance program giving one-time grants to colon cancer patients currently in treatment.
“A colon cancer diagnosis is devastating enough without having to worry about bills. The Blue Note Fund helps alleviate some of this stress and provides patients with a bit of hope,” said Todd Setter, National Director of the Undy 5000 series. “Through last year’s event, participants helped raise more than $60,000 while creating awareness about this often tabooed disease. That’s what the Undy 5000 is all about – drawing attention, increasing screening rates and, ultimately, saving lives. Through the success of this year’s event, we’ll be able to serve even more individuals than last year, and helping these people is part of what makes this event so significant.”
A fun twist to a serious topic, the Undy 5000 is sparking much-needed conversations. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet it is still the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. People may not want to talk about “that” part of the body, but talking about it just might save a life.
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. Read more information about the Colon Cancer Alliance and Blue Note Fund at www.ccalliance.org.