Nation’s Largest Colon Cancer Race Series Moves to one of the Nation’s Largest Retail Establishments
“Moving Get Your Rear in Gear – Twin Cities to Mall of America gives us many new and exciting opportunities,” says Anne Carlson, executive director of the Colon Cancer Coalition. “We are thrilled about the visibility this partnership gives colon cancer both to local and national audiences. Our supporters have been waiting for the day when colon cancer gets the public attention that other cancers and diseases have had for a long time. Moving our signature race to Mall of America gives us a chance to raise the profile of this preventable cancer.”
“Mall of America is proud to welcome the Colon Cancer Coalition to the list of charities we support,” states Sara Durham, community relations manager for Mall of America. “We are happy to give support and visibility to a cancer that no one likes to talk about, yet is one of the most common cancers in the United States. The Mall and our staff look forward to supporting this cause throughout the year.”Register Now.
The Minnesota-based Colon Cancer Coalition is planning nearly 50 Get Your Rear in Gear events in 28 states throughout 2015. Money raised at these events stays in the local community for the purpose of educating the public on the importance of screening and early detection for the disease. Minnesota’s colorectal cancer screening rate is 70%, and the state currently ranks 9th in the nation for the number of people who have been screened. Funds raised in the Twin Cities support the Minnesota Department of Health’s Sage Scopes Screening program, a Colorectal Cancer Screening Navigator through the American Indian Cancer Foundation, and other screening awareness programs.
On Sunday, October 11, Get Your Rear in Gear – Twin Cities will be held in the parking lot just east of Mall of America. The morning will feature a 5K Run/Walk, Kids’ Fun Run and activities for the whole family. Registration information is available online. Information about volunteering, fundraising, sponsoring an event or forming a team is also posted on the website.