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Colon Cancer Coalition gets in gear for Colon Cancer Awareness Month

Patient undergoing colonoscopy.
Patient undergoing colonoscopy.
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The Colon Cancer Coalition, a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging screening for colon cancer, will be celebrating Colon Cancer Awareness Month with a series of “Get Your Rear in Gear” events in six states beginning tomorrow in Raleigh, NC and Savannah, GA.

Events include ten run/walk events, a survivor/caregiver story series, awareness events, messaging campaigns in several cities across the country, and continuous celebrations with partner organizations. All are 100% volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United
States

“By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer,” states Erin Peterson of the Colon Cancer Coalition, who noted that the group has raised over $1.8 million since 2009 through “Get Your Rear in Gear” events held during Colon Cancer Awareness Month alone.

”This money has been is invested back into the host communities for colon cancer education, prevention, and screening,” she continued.

In addition to the races scheduled for “Raleigh, N.C., Sat., March 1, Savannah, GA, Sat., March 1 (licensed event), Charlotte, NC, Sat., March 8, Winston-Salem, NC, Sat., March 8
Asheville, NC, Sat., March 22, Hickory, NC, Sat., March 22, Baton Rouge, LA., Sat., March 22; Philadelphia, PA, Sun., March 23, Mercer Island, WA, Sun., March 23 (part of the Mercer Island Rotary Half Marathon), and Austin, TX, Sun., March 30, “Get Your Rear in Gear “is hosting a special March web and social media campaign featuring the "Faces of Blue." The
Faces of Blue tells a different story of colon cancer survivors, caregivers and others affected by this disease each day. Readers can read each new story on Facebook.

Other Colon Cancer Awareness Month activities include: a month-long awareness billboard campaign in Kansas City and Wichita, KS; a month-long Love Your Butt campaign in Charlotte, NC, partnering with Chris4Life; Tuesday, March 11, Building Blue Bridges event in Minneapolis with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance set for Tues. March 11, and much more, including a briefing on Capitol Hill March 18th.

For more information about these and additional programs visit www.ColonCancerCoalition.org.

Note: Colorectal cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer in men and 4th in women in the US.