Sign up for the Get Your Rear in Gear run/walk
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
The event, set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug 5, is intended to create awareness of colon cancer and the need for preventive screenings and early detection. It’s presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center and is part of the Colon Cancer Coalition’s national campaign to raise colon cancer awareness.
The run/walk will take participants around the Aurora BayCare Medical Center campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road in Green Bay, 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.
Fees are $25 for adults and $15 for ages 12 and under through Aug. 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 is $15.
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.
“This run/walk is much more than fun, healthy weekend event,” said Dr. Erik Johnson, an Aurora BayCare colorectal surgeon. He’s the event’s physician leader. “It’s a public platform for us to use to raise awareness of colon cancer and highlight the importance of early detection in treating and beating colon cancer.”
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.
“The earlier we can detect this disease, the better it is for treatment outcomes,” Johnson said. “We can prevent, treat and beat 90 percent of colon cancer cases when they are detected early.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 (the most recent year for which numbers are available):
- 136,119 people in the United States were diagnosed with colorectal cancer, including 71,099 men and 65,020 women.
- 51,813 people in the United States died from colorectal cancer, including 27,230 men and 24,583 women.
for the Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay run/walk.
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.