On September 29th, people will be running through Rock Creek Park in DC this weekend in their boxers and underwear in the Colon Cancer Alliance's UNDY 5000.
Did you know that colorectal cancer is in the top 5 of most commonly diagnosed cancer? I had no idea. Skin, lung, breast and prostate cancers are the others in the top 5. Now those we hear about. Some of them quite a bit.
As a personal challenge, I pledged to finish at least one competitive race per month in 2012 to raise awareness about colon cancer and funds to support the Colon Cancer Alliance in memory of my grandfather, Bill Davis, who passed last year. So far I have finished 8 races and my next race is this weekend's UNDY 5000 and is my most important race this year.
I didn't know much about colon cancer until I started reading the Colon Cancer Alliance's website. I'll admit, I didn't ask a lot of questions about it either. All I knew was my grandpa was in and out of the hospital.
Another fact for you: 7 out of 10 people with colon cancer don't have any symptoms. I would imagine that leads to this statistic:
"Colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the United States, but it doesn't have to be. If everybody aged 50 or older has regular screening test, as many as 80% of deaths from colorectal cancer could be prevented." - CCA Website
This weekend's race, the Undy 5000, is a great way to get the word out about colon cancer. In a way that the whole family can be involoved!
If you want to register, or join our team, you need to do so by Thursday at 7 pm (NO RACEDAY REGISTRATION) by visiting our team page here. Donations are also welcome if you want to support the Colon Cancer Alliance by going my participant page and clicking the "Donate to Sarah" button on the right side.
In this race, as in my previous races, I will be wearing a shirt with the words “Montani Semper Liberi” (Mountaineers are Always Free) and “Ut Prosim” (That I May Serve,) as well as the “Ask Me Why I’m Blue” logo from the Colon Cancer Alliance. Please contact me for information on purchasing a shirt! All proceeds benefit the Colon Cancer Alliance.
Thank you for your help and support spreading the facts about colon cancer!
For more information about colon cancer and the work of the Colon Cancer Alliance visit www.ccalliance.org
You can follow me in my challenge on my blog This Average American Home (www.thisaverageamericanhome.com.) Check back after the race for photos and a race recap!