Registration open for Get Your Rear in Gear run/walk
Tue, May 28, 2019
Registration for the fifth annual Get Your Rear in Gear - Green Bay run/walk is open. The event will take place on Saturday, August 3, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.
The 5K run, 1.5-mile walk and Kids’ Fun Run are powered by the Colon Cancer Coalition, a Minneapolis-based non-profit organization. The event seeks to raise national awareness about colon cancer screening and early detection.
The walking course will curve around the hospital campus at 2845 Greenbrier Road on Green Bay’s far east side, with the running course going through nearby neighborhoods. Aurora BayCare Medical Center is the presenting sponsor.
The event also features opportunities to celebrate survivors and support those family members and caregivers left behind following a loved one’s fight with colon cancer.
“Staging this run/walk is an engaging way to raise awareness of a very serious health issue,” event director Hannah Van Hoof says. “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, an Aurora BayCare colorectal surgeon, 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 Wisconsin residents are screened for colorectal cancer. That’s a concern, Johnson said.
“It’s a decent start, but considering 1 in 23 Americans 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.”
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 2019 are:
- 101,420 new cases of colon cancer
- 44,180 new cases of rectal cancer
Visit Get Your Rear in Gear-Green Bay to register for the Saturday, August 3, event.
About Aurora BayCare
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 BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in northeastern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It is based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, with more than 100 physicians serving in 16 area communities. BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center, a 167-bed, full-service hospital. Follow BayCare Clinic on Facebook and Twitter.
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 percent 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.