November 7, 2011
DC Undy 5000 Raises Almost $100,000 to Fight Colon Cancer
Washington, D.C. (November 7, 2011) – Despite almost-freezing temperatures, about 380 people participated in the DC Undy 5000 at West Potomac Park on November 5. While most were not in just their undies, most participants had some form of underwear on over their sweatpants and jackets, showing camaraderie for the cause – to fight colon cancer.
The 2nd Annual DC Undy 5000 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run was held in honor of and in memory of those who have been directly affected by colon cancer. The event raised about $100,000 – a significantly higher amount than last year’s DC event. The money will help fund the Colon Cancer Alliance’s (CCA) patient support and educational programs.
“It was intimate, but inspiring,” said Todd Setter, National Undy 5000 Event Director. “We had a great group of people show up in 30-something-degree weather in their underwear to fight for a cause they care about. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
Eleven colon cancer survivors signed up to participate in the event, and Crawford Clay, a stage-3 survivor diagnosed in 2004, gave a short speech about his personal story, and some successes and triumphs. Clay is also the CCA’s Charitable Activities Coordinator. Dr. Allen Chudzinski, a colorectal surgeon at Georgetown University was present and also gave a brief talk on the importance of screenings and early detection.
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 the leading national patient advocacy organization dedicated to increasing screening rates and survivorship. The CCA is an active, caring community that provides hope and support to patients and their families, while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research.