The Society joined the Colon Cancer Coalition in sponsoring a highly successful “Get Your Rear in Gear” colon and rectal cancer awareness and screening run/walk May 16, just before the 2010 Annual Meeting opened. More than 100 ASCRS members participated and raised more than $5,000.
The event attracted 5,000 participants and raised $200,000. A portion of proceeds raised by Society members will benefit the Research Foundation.
The Colon Cancer Coalition, based in Minneapolis, presents "Get Your Rear in Gear" events to raise awareness and money to pay for colonoscopies for people who otherwise could not afford them.
Remaining 2010 dates for Get Your Rear in Gear events include: Tinley Park, IL, July 25; Portland, OR, August 1; Colchester, VT, August 15; Southeast Indiana, Batesville, September 11; Mt. Vernon, OH, September 19; Waukon, IA, October 2; San Francisco, CA, October 3; Austin, TX, October 9; Des Moines, IA, October 9; and Alexandria, VA, November 6.
Colon Cancer Coalition President Kristin Tabor, above, welcomes participants to the sixth annual "Get Your Rear in Gear 5K" in Edina Minnesota. At right, ASCRS Member Dr. Gianluca Rizzo of Rome, Italy, placed 21st in the race.
(Photos: Wayne Kryduba)
Public Relations Committee Chair Dr. Harry T. Papaconstantinou, Temple, TX, is working to arrange another Get Your Rear in Gear event in connection with the 2011 Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Coordinators for Get Your Rear in Gear events for the year ahead will be Drs. Roberta L. Muldoon, Nashville, TN (Central area), Philip Y. Pearson, Bryn Mawr, PA (East), and Kenneth D. Blake, Lone Tree, CO (Mountain).
“These races bring together the local medical community, the media and the public to raise awareness and funds to battle this disease,” Dr. Papaconstantinou explains. “Seventy-five percent of funds raised will remain locally in more than forty cities across the United States.”
ASCRS members interested in supporting upcoming races are encouraged to do so by:
- Serving on planning committees;
- Sponsoring events and leveraging the associated marketing opportunities;
- Forming a team from practices or faculty;
- Volunteering on race days;
- Setting up a display table at the event.
For more information, visit www.getyourrearingear.com.