The country’s leading special event series for colorectal cancer awareness returns for its eleventh year in the Green Mountain State
On Sun., Aug. 11, over 200 runners, walkers, volunteers, colorectal cancer survivors, and caregivers will join together in the fight against the nation’s second leading cancer killer: colon cancer. Get Your Rear in Gear® – Colchester is a family-friendly 5K run/walk planned to raise awareness and encourage screening for this largely preventable cancer. The 5K route starts and ends at Colchester High School.
The race is planned locally with help from the Colon Cancer Coalition, a national organization that hosts over 40 events across the country to educate and raise funds for colorectal cancer screening and prevention. This event series celebrates survivors, supports caregivers, and provides an opportunity to remember those who left us too soon. Stroll the Blue Mile and see tributes to those lost and messages honoring survivors of colon and rectal cancer.
Money raised through this event will be granted by the Colon Cancer Coalition to build and fund programs aimed at increasing screening for colorectal cancer and to provide support for patients living with the disease. Money from this year’s event will continue to assist the Cancer Patient Support Foundation provide supportive services to colorectal cancer patients and their families.
Funds from Get Your Rear in Gear enables the Cancer Patient Support Foundation (CPSF) to assist local families in treatment. CPSF provides emergency financial assistance for local cancer patients and their families. “This fund helps patients access treatment by removing barriers such as the cost of transportation, childcare, prescriptions, and medical costs not covered by insurance.” As Sarah Lemnah, CPSF Executive Director explains, “funds are used to help families meet their basic needs such as food, housing, and utilities. CPSF is dedicated to removing barriers to treatment and helping local patients meet their basic needs so they can focus on their treatment.”
Just the facts about colon cancer:
● 1 in 23 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime.
● 51% of adults 50-54 have not been screened.
● The American Cancer Society encourages colorectal cancer screenings to start at age 45.
● 1 in 5 colorectal cancer patients is 20-54 years old.
● Colorectal cancer is a leading cause of cancer incidence and death in young adults under 50 in the United States (National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Institute of Health).
Get Your Rear in Gear – Colchester is one of the longest running Get Your Rear in Gear events in the country. On August 11, Colchester celebrates its eleventh event. The timed 5K run begins at 10 a.m., followed immediately by the 5K walk. Registration information is available online at ColonCancerCoalition.org/Colchester. Information about volunteering, fundraising, sponsoring the event or forming a team is also available on the website. Colorectal cancer screening information, as well as a list of symptoms and other information about the disease is also available.
About the Colon Cancer Coalition / Get Your Rear in Gear®
The Colon Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis, Minn. dedicated to encouraging screening and raising awareness of colorectal cancer. The organization’s signature Get Your Rear in Gear® and Tour de Tush® event series are volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States. Money raised at these events are granted back into local communities to help will build and sustain programs and research encouraging early prevention, screening, and patient support for this disease. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer. For more information visit ColonCancerCoalition.org.