June 23, 2010
Denver's 2nd Annual Undy 5000 Returns to Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer
Denver, CO (June 23, 2010) – The 2nd Annual Denver Undy 5000 5K run will be held on Saturday, June 26 at 9:00 AM at Denver's City Park. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colon cancer, will host the event to help bring greater awareness to this disease -- the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States and one that affects one out of every 19 people.
"The Undy 5000 is returning to Denver after last year's highly successful event," said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the Colon Cancer Alliance. "The community provided strong support for this event in 2009, and has once again welcomed us with open arms. Denver has been pivotal in helping the Colon Cancer Alliance get the word out about a highly preventable disease that a lot of people are too embarrassed to talk about. It's a fun event to participate in, it educates people about the importance of screenings, and it saves lives."
The Undy 5000 is held in cities nationwide to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings, and get people talking about this deadly, but preventable, disease. This event also raises much needed funds to support and build the CCA's national and local patient support and innovative public awareness programs. A portion of the funds raised will go toward the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program. The program, run by the University of Colorado Cancer Center, partners with more than 65 community health clinics across Colorado to provide no-cost colon cancer screening to qualified individuals and promote screening awareness throughout the state.
This event stands out from many other 5K events because participants run in specially designed boxer-style shorts, providing a fun way to bring attention to a serious disease. This is a family-oriented event open to all ages. In addition to the 5K, there will be a family fun run and activities for children.
The Undy 5000, created by the CCA, is designed to promote awareness and education about colon cancer. The event particularly stresses the importance of timely colon cancer screening while providing valuable information to those already affected by the disease.
More information about the Undy 5000 is available online at www.undy5000.org.
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The CCA is a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. In order to increase screening and survivorship rates, the CCA provides education and patient support, furthers research efforts, and conducts advocacy work across the country.