(Macon, GA) – The Undy 5K Run/Walk to fight colon cancer is once again headed to Macon this Saturday, March 7. The family friendly 5K run or walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Wesleyan College, kicking off March as Coliseum’s Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Participants are encouraged to wear underwear on the outside of their race attire as a tongue-in-cheek reference to the area on the body affected by colon cancer.
The 2015 Macon Undy 5K Run/Walk financially supports the efforts of the Colon Cancer Alliance to provide colon cancer screening and education to patients in Middle Georgia. The Undy Run/Walk will be held in cities across the country to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings and encourage people to talk about the disease. Instead of race day T-shirts, all registered participants receive a commemorative pair of Undy 5K Run/Walk boxers. It is a family-friendly event open to all ages, and in addition to the 5K, there will be a Kid’s fun run and activities, including a bounce house.
All survivors of colon cancer are encouraged to run and receive free registration. The race course will begin and end on the campus of Wesleyan College and the course is “stroller friendly” for participants who may wish to go at a slower pace. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place for all age groups. There will also be a prize for best costume.
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), the nation’s largest and oldest patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colon cancer, hosts the event. Created by the CCA in 2008, the Undy 5K Run/Walk stresses the importance of timely colon cancer screenings, early detection, and provides valuable information for those already affected by the disease. Event proceeds help fund the CCA’s patient support and public awareness programs.
Anyone wishing to participate in this family-oriented, fun event, can visit www.undy5000.org and choose Macon as their race location to register for the event. All participants will receive a pair of boxer shorts in lieu of the traditional t-shirt offered at most races. Registrants can also stay up to date with the events’ happenings on its Facebook page: Macon Undy 5000 5k Run/Walk. Questions about the event can be directed to the Coliseum Cancer Institute at (478) 765-4805.
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About Coliseum Cancer Institute
The Coliseum Cancer Institute offers middle Georgia the latest, state-of-the-art technology and the most advanced treatment options for treating patients with cancer. Additionally they have more cancer accreditations than any hospital in the area, including accreditation by the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer (ACoS CoC) and accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. The Coliseum Cancer Institute is located at Coliseum Medical Centers, a 258 bed facility, which offers a 24-hour emergency room, inpatient and outpatient surgery options, rehabilitation programs, and diagnostic services. In addition, CMC breadth of care options include specialty facilities such as the Coliseum Heart Institute, Coliseum Orthopaedic & Spine Institute with inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services, Coliseum Cancer Institute, Coliseum Diabetes Management Center, and the Family Ties Birthing Center, which includes a level III neonatal nursery. Owned by Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), Coliseum Medical Centers is part of Coliseum Health System which also includes Coliseum Northside Hospital and Coliseum Center for Behavioral Health. For more information about Coliseum Cancer Institute, visit www.coliseumhealthsystem.com/cancer.
About The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA)
The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA) is a community that provides hope and support to patients and their families, while saving lives through screening, access, awareness, advocacy and research. www.ccalliance.org