Baton Rouge to host second annual colon cancer 5K run/walk

Baton Rouge to host second annual colon cancer 5K run/walk

POSTED: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 6:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, April 22, 2012 - 6:04am

Baton Rouge is hosting the second annual colon cancer 5K run/walk, appropriately named "Get Your Rear In Gear" on Saturday, April 28, 2012, beginning at 8am, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center (6400 Perkins Rd.)

The public is invited and encouraged to organize teams to participate in this family-friendly exercise fundraiser. Seventy-five percent of all proceeds remain in the Baton Rouge community and benefit colon cancer care and education. Pre-registration is $25 per adult and $15 per child and includes race participation and admission to the celebration which includes music and food.

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“Get Your Rear in Gear’s goal is to help raise awareness of colon cancer by honoring survivors, remembering those that we’ve lost, and magnifying the importance of the ‘dreaded’ colonoscopy as the single most important cancer fighting tool in our arsenal against colon cancer,” explains Dr. Kelly Finan, colorectal surgeon at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and Woman’s Hospital.

Colon cancer is one of the most curable and preventable cancers today, yet it’s the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. “We need to raise awareness of the symptoms, the importance of recommended colonoscopies, and encourage prevention measures,” says Finan. She warns that, “Louisianans are at an increased risk of colon cancer due to our diet and obesity rates; too many good southern dishes are impacting more than just our waistlines.” 

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