Posted on April 13, 2017
What do you get when you cross Destiny’s Child, camouflage leggings and tutus with the Undy Run/Walk plus a passionate six year colon cancer survivor? Valarie Guyton-Culver and her amazing Undy team, the Sensational Survivors! Over the last three years, Valarie and her Sensational Survivor superstars have raised a total of $11,843 – every dollar getting us a step closer to ending colon cancer within our lifetime. Thank you, Valarie!
My name is Valarie Guyton-Culver and I am a 6 year colon cancer survivor. This is my story! Read more
Posted on February 22, 2017
This Saturday, Sacramento will host the Undy Run/Walk for the sixth year. Among the participants is Colleen Lopez, a 55 year-old jogger and six-year colon cancer survivor who wears an ostomy. She shared her journey of hitting the pavement after her surgery in 2010, the importance of staying active, and finding support.
“They actually sent me home from the hospital after my surgery with a walker because I couldn’t stand up straight. That with learning how to handle the ostomy bag – I really didn’t know how I was going to navigate through life and get any kind of normalcy,” she remembers. “I did find Colon Cancer Alliance, which helped. Got a lot of good information there, and they did have an Ostomy section. I went there a lot for questions.”
When and how did you decide to start jogging?
It was probably a year after my surgery before I actually started to exercise because I wanted to do it safely, and I found a program here in Sacramento that catered to adult cancer survivors – getting your strength and stamina back in a safe way. I joined a running club here in Sacramento through Fleet Feet, and I do that twice a week. I have been doing that for almost three years. It was a “Couch to 5k.” You pretty much start right at the bottom. If you can walk around the block, that’s where you start. They welcomed all levels which was great for me, because at that time around the block was pretty far for me, and it was pretty taxing. I just kept signing up for these training programs because it keeps me motivated, I know I’m doing it safely, and I’ve got a lot of support. I’ve met a lot of nice people that keep me coming. If you have people that know that you should be there, then you show up. That’s been a real big catalyst for me.
Posted on February 10, 2017
What do you do if there isn’t a run or walk in your city? One option is to contact our Special Events team to see what you need to do start an Undy Run/Walk. But, most commonly, you can work with us to bring the boxers to you!
Get in on the fun by hosting your own Undy Run/Walk Community Event. Read more
Posted on September 2, 2016
Diane Bendtsen is no stranger to taking a stand. After experiencing some symptoms of colorectal cancer, she fought to be given the screening she needed. Now 3 years NED, Diane is channeling her energy into sharing the importance of screening with her community and is an integral part of the Peoria Undy Run/Walk.
We caught up with Diane to pick her brain about her unique fundraising tactics and how she gets her community involved. Read more
Posted on July 11, 2016
From the ground to the sky, traffic reporter John Morrissey is knocking out colon cancer one mile at a time. His efforts as emcee at this year’s Denver Undy Run/Walk, just months after he learned he had colon cancer, is a testament to his courage and generous spirit. That’s why we’re honored to have him as our Hero of the Month!
Read on to learn more about how John got involved in the Undy Run and his advice to others who’ve been recently diagnosed.