August 20, 2013
Nashville Families Run In Boxers To Spotlight Colon Cancer
Undy 5000 5K Raises Funds for Local Partners and Critical Initiatives, Spurs Awareness
(August 20, 2013) Washington, DC – On Saturday, more than 400 colon cancer patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates hit the streets of Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park 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 $40,000 through individual and team participants and local sponsors. Half of the event proceeds will benefit the Blue Note Fund, a financial assistance program giving one-time grants to colon cancer patients currently in treatment. Remaining proceeds will bolster the Colon Cancer Alliance’s national prevention, research and patient support initiatives.
“To date, the Blue Note Fund has helped more than 1,000 colon cancer patients in need,” 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. Nearly 15 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 Nashville Undy 5000 included the maker of Dulcolax, Norris Gastroenterology Group, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville Gastrointestinal Specialists, Bayer Pharmaceuticals, Salix Pharmaceuticals and Amgen.
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