September 23, 2013
Winston-Salem Families Run In Boxers To Spotlight Colon Cancer
Undy 5000 5K Raises Funds for Local Partners and Critical Initiatives, Spurs Awareness
(September 23, 2013) Washington, DC – On Saturday, nearly 350 colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates hit the streets of Winston-Salem in underwear-themed outfits to participate in the Colon Cancer Alliance’s 2nd annual Undy 5000 5K Walk/Run. But this event wasn’t just a fun run; in this corky and unconventional way, the Undy 5000 5K is raising awareness and funds to fight colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S.
This year’s event raised more than $55,000 through individual and team participants and local sponsors. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit Forsyth Medical Center Foundation Community Care Center. Remaining proceeds will bolster the Colon Cancer Alliance’s national prevention, research and patient support initiatives.
“Last year, the Community Care Center at the Forsyth Medical Center Foundation provided free colon cancer screenings for the local uninsured population, screening more than 100 individuals for this disease,” said Todd Setter, National Director of the Undy 5000 series. “With Saturday’s success, we will be able to assist even more people. That’s what the Undy 5000 is all about – drawing attention, increasing screening rates, providing support and hope, and, ultimately, saving lives.”
The Undy 5000 is a one-of-a-kind experience, bringing together hundreds of people who have been affected by colon cancer and giving participants the opportunity to memorialize and honor loved ones. More than twenty colon cancer survivors attended Saturday’s 5K and were honored during the event’s signature survivor ceremony.
A fun twist to a serious topic, the Undy 5000 is one of the many ways the Colon Cancer Alliance is sparking much-needed conversations. Colon cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, yet nearly 150,000 Americans are estimated to be diagnosed this year alone. People may not want to talk about “that” part of the body, but talking about it just might save a life.
Sponsors of the Piedmont Triad Undy 5000 included the maker of Dulcolax, Genentech, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Salix Pharmaceuticals, Practical Gastroenterology, Endonurse, Novant Health System, Digestive Health Specialists, Flow Automotive, Gastroenterology Associates of the Piedmont, Retail System Services and Myriad Genetics.
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
Forsyth Medical Center Foundation Community Care Center serves the uninsured population in Forsyth County, NC, many who do not have access to health insurance. Funds from the Undy 5000 will be used to distribute take-home colon cancer testing kits and follow up colonoscopies when needed.