300 to run, walk for colon cancer awareness
Monday, July 17, 2017
The third annual Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay is Saturday, August 5. More than 300 participants are expected to run or walk on race day.
The event, presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center, seeks to raise national awareness about colon cancer screening and early detection.
“We’re hoping for a great turnout for our third annual Get Your Rear in Gear event,” executive race director Mike Schmidt says. “Signing up to participate in the event as a runner, walker, or volunteer will benefit you and your community as we work to raise local awareness for colon cancer.”
Funds raised go toward local area colon cancer screening and support programs.
The event will feature a 5K (3.1-mile) timed race and a 1.5-mile walk. There also will be a kids’ fun run.
The run/walk is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road in Green Bay. It will wind its way around the hospital campus before taking participants through nearby neighborhoods.
Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay will include opportunities to celebrate colon cancer survivors and provide support for those family members and caregivers left behind following a loved one’s fight with the disease.
“Get Your Rear in Gear gives us an opportunity to shed light on colon cancer, the importance of getting screened, and early detection,” said Dr. Erik Johnson, an Aurora BayCare colorectal surgeon. “If caught early enough, colon cancer can be successfully treated.”
In 2016, 74 percent of adults ages 50 and older in Wisconsin underwent a colonoscopy, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. Forty percent of people in Wisconsin last year were diagnosed at an early stage, when colon cancer is easy to treat.
“There are usually no symptoms in the early stages of colon cancer, which is often why more people don’t get screened,” Johnson says.
The American Cancer Society recommends screening for colon cancer begin at age 50 for men and women.
The Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run/walk is powered by the Colon Cancer Coalition, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization seeking to raise national awareness about colon cancer screening and early detection.
Registration for the event is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under through August 2, the close of online registration. Fees are $30 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and under on race day. The kids’ fun run remains $15.
Erik Johnson, MD, FACS, is Board Certified in general surgery and in colon and rectal surgery, and practices at Aurora BayCare Medical Center. Dr. Johnson received his education at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and completed two fellowships, one at Ferguson Clinic in colorectal and one at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in oncology. Learn more here.