Get Your Rear in Gear set for Saturday, Aug. 6

Friday, July 15, 2016

By: Femi Cole

A run/walk is returning to Green Bay’s east side to help underscore the importance of health screenings and early detection of a potentially deadly form of cancer.


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Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6. It’s part of the Colon Cancer Coalition’s national campaign to raise awareness of colon cancer and the importance of preventive screenings and early detection.


The run/walk will take participants around the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road, and through nearby neighborhoods. It will feature a 5K (3.1-mile) timed race and a 1.5-mile walk. There also will be a kids’ fun run.


The day’s events 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. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the event’s presenting sponsor.


“The Get Your Rear in Gear event is a great way to help motivate residents in Green Bay and communities across northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to enhance their fitness and wellness efforts. Its distance, 5K or 3.1 miles, is such that anyone can complete it with a little bit of training,” race director Mike Schmidt said. “This event is a perfect opportunity for participants and onlookers to begin important conversations surrounding colon cancer awareness.”


Dr. Erik Johnson, a colorectal surgeon at Aurora BayCare, echoed those thoughts. He’s the event’s physician leader.


“Get Your Rear in Gear is an ideal platform for providing a fun event that encourages fitness and wellness, while also providing an educational component to inform our local communities about the dangers of colon cancer and the importance of preventive screenings and early detection,” he said.


Colon cancer is a malignancy that begins in the colon or large intestine. A closely related and often interchanged term, colorectal cancer, includes not only cancers of the colon, but also cancers that form in the rectum.


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2012 (the most recent year numbers are available):

  • 134,784 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 70,204 men and 64,580 women.
  • 51,516 people in the United States died from colorectal cancer, including 26,866 men and 24,650 women.


The Colon Cancer Coalition says although those numbers make colorectal cancer the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., regular screenings can prevent a large number of these instances from occurring.


“Even though 1 in 20 Americans will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime, this disease is highly treatable,” Johnson said. “The five-year survival rate is around 90 percent when we catch the disease in its earliest stages.”


Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under through August 3, then $30 for adults and $20 for ages 12 and under from August 4 to race day. The kids’ fun run is $15.

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