Think 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.
On June 21, 2014, the inaugural Run for Your Buns 5K Run/Walk benefitting colon cancer will take place in Grand Forks. The race will begin and end in Lincoln Park, with the course following the Greater Grand Forks Greenway. All proceeds from the race will be presented to Altru Health Foundation to help patients afford the cost of screening colonoscopy.
Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate in this healthy Saturday morning activity. Individual time and team awards will be awarded to top finishers. Registration information is available at altru.org/runforyourbuns.
Kamrin Macki is a wife, mother, friend, gastroenterology nurse practitioner, artist, avid runner, triathlete and amateur gourmet gluten-free chef.