Runs with undies

Undy Run for colon cancerThe issue is serious — colon cancer — but those of us running/walking to raise money for the cause on February 28 couldn’t resist a little word fun. Thus The Turdles were the top team in the Sacramento Undy Run, and the field included Heidi’s Hineys, the Semi Colons, the Stolen Colons and Team Pooper Troopers. My own team, Derrieres for Don, fit right in.

There were costumes, too, with capes and tutus and masks and super hero outfits. Many of us had our own custom t-shirts, and we all got Undy Run boxers. No doubt this made sure we did not take the “undy” part too literally.

I’m not sure how many people ran and walked the 5K and one-mile tracks, but we had a good crowd. We also raised more than $55,000 for the Colon Cancer Alliance, for patient support services and research into colon cancer. I’m thrilled that the Derrieres were the city’s number three fundraising team, with friends and family contributing $2,605 to the total. (Thank you!)

Found early, colon cancer is apparently treatable and beatable. Sadly, my big brother didn’t find his early enough to beat it. So you’ll understand if I’m on a bit of a crusade to encourage people to get screened, if you’re a Baby Boomer, or just to pay attention to possible warning signs at any age, including bloody stools, abdominal pain and anemia.

Next on the crusade is another 5K run/walk, Push For Your Tush, supporting Colon Cancer Canada. I’m taking part in the one happening June 7 in Burlington, ON. If you would like to support me, here’s my page. And heartfelt thanks to the people who have already jumped on board.


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