September 12, 2011
CEO Strips Down to Undies; Raises Money to Fight Colon Cancer
Philadelphia, PA (September 12) – Despite flooding from severe weather in several parts of Pennsylvania, nearly 600 people ran around in their underwear in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 10, in honor of and in memory of those who have been directly affected by colon cancer. It was all part of the plan as the participants of the 4th Annual Philadelphia Undy 5000 5K Run/Walk ran on MLK Drive, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and raised just over $110,000 to fight colon cancer.
The weather held out for some good running temperatures, but the shock of the day came when Colon Cancer Alliance CEO Andrew Spiegel stripped down to his Joe Boxer undies on stage. “I lost a bet with Todd Setter. I thought my team, the Rear Enders, would raise more money than the top team in San Diego this year, but I lost. And I’m true to my word,” Spiegel said.
“We had an awesome group of people here today,” said Setter, National Undy 5000 Event Director. “We had 28 colon cancer survivors who came out, and they all had such great attitudes. They were so inspiring, making a fun time out of a challenging situation.”
Event proceeds are used to support the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) national and local patient support and public awareness programs. The Undy 5000 series, created by the CCA in 2008, is held in cities across the nation, and is designed to promote awareness and educate the public about colon cancer.
Boehringer Ingelheim, the maker of Dulcolax®,* is the proud presenting sponsor of the 2011 Undy 5000 races. 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.
More information about the Undy 5000 is available online at www.undy5000.org.
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The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer. In order to increase rates of screening and survivorship, the CCA provides patient support, public education, supports research and conducts advocacy work across America.