Get Your Rear in Gear raising colon cancer awareness

Thu, Jun 22, 2017

GREEN BAY – Organizers of the third annual Get Your Rear in Gear – Green Bay presented by Aurora BayCare Medical Center are expecting about 300 registrants for the 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 5 event.


The annual run/walk, powered by the Colon Cancer Coalition, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization, seeks to raise national awareness about colon cancer screening and early detection. Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay is the presenting sponsor. Green Bay is one of nearly 50 cities hosting a Get Your Rear in Gear event in 2017.


The event features a 5K (3.1-mile) run and a 1.5-mile walk. A kids’ run is also planned, along with festivities and opportunities to celebrate survivors and support those family members and caregivers left behind following a loved one’s fight with colon cancer.


The race route will curve around the hospital campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side and through the nearby neighborhoods.


“Staging this run/walk is an engaging way to raise awareness of a very serious health issue,” executive race director Mike Schmidt said. “For many, this event would simply be another local, fun-filled 5K, but we are hoping to add another layer to that – education.”


Dr. Erik Johnson, a colorectal surgeon at Aurora BayCare, echoed those thoughts.


“The attention we hope this event draws will provide us an opportunity to educate the public about colon cancer and the importance of age-appropriate screenings and early detection,” Johnson said. “Colon cancer can be successfully treated when it is caught early. Diagnosing it at later stages often means a patient faces a more challenging fight.”


Just over 70 percent of eligible Wisconsinites are screened for colorectal cancer, a percentage that ranks the state fifth nationally for the number of people screened, Johnson said.


“It’s a decent start, but considering 1 in 20 Americans (about 5 percent of the U.S. population) will be diagnosed with colon cancer during their lifetime, we need to do a better job of increasing awareness of the importance of preventive screenings and early detection,” he said. “That’s why this event is vital to the Green Bay area. In addition, the proceeds from the event will stay in our area to support patient testing and treatment.”


According to the American Cancer Society, “colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both men and women in the United States.” The organization’s estimates for the number of colorectal cancer cases in the United States for 2017 are:

  • 95,520 new cases of colon cancer
  • 39,910 new cases of rectal cancer

 Visit Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay to register for the Saturday, Aug. 5 event.




About Aurora BayCare Medical Center

Aurora BayCare Medical Center is a 167-bed, full-service tertiary care hospital located at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s east side. It opened in September 2001 as a joint venture of Aurora Health Care and BayCare Clinic.  Aurora BayCare is committed to creating a better way to provide high quality tertiary healthcare, the latest in medical technology and superior service.


About the Colon Cancer Coalition/Get Your Rear in Gear events

The Colon Cancer Coalition is a non-profit organization based in Minneapolis dedicated to raising awareness and encouraging screening for colon cancer. The organization’s signature Get Your Rear in Gear® events are 100% volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer.

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