Team Park Merced
WELCOME TO TEAM PARK MERCED!!!
Join us on Sunday, July 9th for the 2nd Annual Get Your Rear In Gear SF 5K Walk/Run at Lake Merced!!! This is family-friendly so bring the whole family!
Get Your Rear in Gear - San Francisco is part of a nationwide series of 5K run/walks to raise awareness for colon cancer. One of the beneficiaries of the funds raised will go towards a local nonprofit called Operation Access. They play a large role in colon cancer prevention in the uninsured communities throughout the Bay Area by working with over 75 community clinics to promote pre-screening and ensuring the next step in treatment, if needed. Last year we were able to raise a grant of $21,165 for Operation Access. This amount will go back into the community for more screenings and preventive work!
Message from the Team Captain, Sue Kim & a Park Merced Resident: On July 8th of 2015, my uncle lost his battle to colon cancer after being diagnosed in October 2013. Being from Boston, he was my "SF father" and was an important part of my life. Had he screened early, he may still be with us today. So in honor of him and to spread awareness, I am on the committee team putting together this family-friendly 5k walk and race for colon cancer awareness. Please help me spread the awareness by joining me on Sunday, July 9th or with a donation.
It’s More than a Race.
We've formed a team for Get Your Rear in Gear and are joining thousands of others from across the country to make a difference in the fight against colon cancer, our nation’s No. 2 cancer killer.
We'll go the distance. Will you join us? We'd love your support as we prepare for this meaningful day.
We've got an ambitious fundraising goal but with support from people like you we can get there. The money raised will fund local programs to increase screening and awareness for colon and rectal cancer, as well as programs and services to support those living with the disease.
10 Facts about Colon Cancer
- Anyone can get colon cancer.
- One in 20 Americans will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
- Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death.
- Colorectal cancer affects men and women equally, and people of all races and nationalities.
- Screening for colon cancer should begin at age 50.
- Screening should begin earlier for many ethnic groups and those with a family history.
- Many of those diagnosed with colon cancer report no signs or symptoms before the diagnosis.
- Those with a parent, sibling, or other relative with colon cancer have an increased risk of developing the disease.
- Incidence of colon cancer is increasing among adults under age 50.
- Younger adults were more likely than older adults to be diagnosed with late-stage cancers.
(Bonus Fact) Screening is easy, there are many affordable options that can be done in the privacy of your own home. Talk to your doctor about the right one for you.