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Coloradans run in their undies to fight colon cancer

6/26/2010
Woman running the Undy 5000 race

Second annual Denver Undy 5000 attracts approximately 1,070 participants

DENVER (June 26, 2010) – The 2nd Annual Denver Undy 5000 5K run/walk was held Saturday, June 26, and brought approximately 1,070 participants to Denver’s City Park—close to 700 of them formed teams. The Colon Cancer Alliance (CCA), a national patient advocacy organization dedicated to ending the suffering caused by colorectal cancer, hosted the event with a percentage of the more than $100,000 raised benefiting the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program, a program that provides uninsured Coloradans colonoscopies at no cost through the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

The Undy 5000 is held in different cities across the country throughout the year. The goal of the event is to educate the public about colon cancer, promote screenings, and get people talking about this deadly, but preventable, disease. This event also raises much needed funds to support and build the CCA’s national and local patient support and innovative public awareness programs.

The race stands out from many other 5K events because participants run in specially designed boxer-style shorts, providing a fun way to bring attention to a serious disease. This is a family-oriented event open to all ages. In addition to the 5K, there was a 1-mile family fun run and other activities such as a Healthy Cooking Demonstration, Silent Auction and band performance by Marty Jones and The Great Unknowns.

”We love bringing the Undy 5000 back to Denver to help raise awareness of this often ignored, but very deadly disease,” said Andrew Spiegel, CEO of the CCA. “One in 19 people will develop colon cancer. By getting people to talk about this disease and educating them about the importance of getting screened, we know that lives can and will be saved.”

The Undy 5000, created by the CCA, is designed to promote awareness and education about colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. The event particularly stresses the importance of timely colon cancer screening, and also provides valuable information for those already affected by the disease.

 “The Undy 5000 provides a great opportunity to make people more aware that colon cancer can be prevented by screening,” said Holly Wolf, PhD, MSPH, program director for the Colorado Colorectal Screening Program at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. “And the tremendous support by the CCA to raise funds locally allows our program to provide more medically underserved Coloradans access to screening.”

Regional sponsors of this event include Rocky Mountain Gastroenterology Associates, Arapahoe Gastroenterology, South Denver Gastroenterology, Diversified Radiology, Rose Medical Center, Braintree Labs, Olympus, CBS News 4 and KOA. National sponsors of the series include Salix Pharmaceuticals, Amgen Oncology, Bristol Myers Squibb, Genentech, Ethicon Endo-Surgery and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
More information about the Undy 5000 is available online at www.undy5000.org.

About the University of Colorado Cancer Center
The University of Colorado Cancer Center is the Rocky Mountain region’s only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI has given only 40 cancer centers this designation, deeming membership as “the best of the best.” Headquartered on the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, UCCC is a consortium of three state universities (Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder and University of Colorado Denver) and six institutions (AMC Cancer Research Center, The Children’s Hospital, Denver Health, Denver VA Medical Center, National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Hospital). Together, our 400+ members are working to ease the cancer burden through cancer care, research, education and prevention and control. Learn more at www.uccc.info. 

About The Colon Cancer Alliance
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, CCA provides patient support, education, research and advocacy across North America.

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Contact: Caitlin Jenney, 303.315.6376, caitlin.jenney@ucdenver.edu