Run for Everyone’s Buns

1 in 20 has colon cancerThink about a group of 20 adults. It could include friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, male, female. Colon cancer will pick one of them. What’s scary is that only 1/3 of the group has had their screening colonoscopy.

What’s scarier is that there are people in our community who can’t afford a screening colonoscopy, the best test for screening and detecting colon cancer. Some may be uninsured, or underinsured and unable to cover the cost of the screening.

But, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

Idea = Action
As a nurse practitioner in Altru’s Gastroenterology Clinic, and an avid runner, I had an idea to promote awareness of colon cancer and help raise funds for screening.

»  Why not raise awareness while engaging in a healthy activity?
»  Why not invite others to rally in the cause?
»  Why not create a light-hearted atmosphere to bring awareness to colon cancer screenings?
»  Why not raise money for colon cancer screenings?
»  Why not?

And thus, Run for Your Buns was born. All proceeds from the annual race are presented to Altru Health Foundation to help patients afford the cost of screening colonoscopy. 

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Kami MackiKamrin Macki is a wife, mother, friend, gastroenterology nurse practitioner, artist, avid runner, triathlete and amateur gourmet gluten-free chef.

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