Get Your Rear in Gear volunteers welcome
Monday, August 1, 2016
The second annual Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center is Saturday, Aug. 6. For those not inclined to run or walk a road race, they can experience the community-enriching event by volunteering.
“There are many opportunities to volunteer your time on race day,” race director Mike Schmidt said. “Whether it’s staffing a water station, providing directional assistance, serving as a parking attendant or assisting in the registration tent, we have lots of ways people can take part in race-day festivities by volunteering their time and energy. Plus, it’s for a great cause.”
The run/walk is an effort to raise awareness of colon cancer and better educate the public about the importance of appropriate screenings and early detection, race organizers say. The race, which offers a timed 5K (3.1-mile) run and a 1.5-mile walk, is a program of the Minneapolis-based Colon Cancer Coalition. The group promotes national awareness of colon cancer and encourages increased use of screenings.
Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the event’s presenting sponsor.
“This run/walk and the excitement it is sure to generate is a great way to create the sense of community awareness that is necessary to foster positive discussions on this very treatable and beatable disease,” said Dr. Erik Johnson, a colorectal surgeon at Aurora BayCare. “By volunteering for this event, you are supporting our efforts to increase the overall health and wellness of our community. That’s equally as thrilling as crossing the finish line, in our book.”
The event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. on the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road. It will wind its way around the hospital campus before snaking through the nearby neighborhoods.
In addition to the timed run and the walk, the event will feature a kid’s fun run. Festivities 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.
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.