April 17, 2014
Local Cancer Warrior Finds Hope, Strength in 5K
Buffalo Community Runs in Undies for a Cause You Should Get Behind
Buffalo, NY – April 17, 2014 – At age 44, abdominal pain and a family history of cancer were enough to get Maryl Bedenko to visit her doctor. Her OBGYN recommended she get a colonoscopy, but during the pre-screening appointment she was told her symptoms did not warrant the procedure. Maryl insisted the colonoscopy be scheduled, but lingering doubts left her rethinking her initial insistence.
After scheduling and cancelling appointments for three months, it was a friend’s concern that pushed Maryl to finally get screened. Four days after her seemingly uneventful colonoscopy, Maryl received a call at work informing her she had colon cancer.
While searching for answers and support throughout her cancer journey, Maryl relied on friends, family and the Colon Cancer Alliance to help navigate the complexity of her diagnosis. “The Colon Cancer Alliance Undy 5000 5K was a great way to not feel sorry for myself, but instead to make my experience positive,” said Maryl. “Early screening saved my life, and more people should be screened. There needs to be a bigger voice for colon cancer.”
In Buffalo, colon cancer has left a bigger gap than some may think; there have been 527 diagnoses and 189 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. More than 140,000 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer in 2014, and more than 50,000 will die from this disease.
At this year’s Buffalo Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk on April 26th, participants will hit the pavement in Delaware Park donning family-friendly, underwear-themed outfits. The Undy 5000 isn’t just your everyday 5K. Instead of receiving a race day t-shirt, participants receive a pair of boxer shorts and stroll through a larger-than-life inflatable colon. This creative and educational inflatable is a unique way for visitors to learn about the disease.
This year’s Buffalo Undy 5000 supports both local and national efforts. Locally, funds go to the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood Program to provide health and wellness programs to Western New York communities with limited access to health care. Nationally, funds support lifesaving prevention, research and patient support initiatives at the Colon Cancer Alliance.
For more information or to register, visit www.undy5000.org and click on Buffalo, NY.
Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax®*, is the proud presenting sponsor of the 2014 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 at ccalliance.org.