Money raised at Get Your Rear in Gear® – New York City stays in the community to fund three innovated programs
We are so excited to grant three amazing partners with money to help raise colon cancer awareness and screening rates in the New York City area. AliveAndKickn, the Colon Cancer Alliance, and Michael’s Mission are all receiving money raised through the generosity of New Yorkers – family and friends of the colon cancer survivors and those remembering loved ones lost too soon to the nation’s No. 2 cancer killer – at Get Your Rear in Gear® – New York City over the past five years.
“We lost our daughter Amy in 2009. She had a larger-than-life personality and was a force to be reckoned with,” remembers Kathy Covey, a driver behind Get Your Rear in Gear® – New York City. “We took Amy’s spirit and channeled it into an event that will make a difference for other families. We couldn’t be more proud of the efforts behind the programs and partnerships that have come out of Amy’s legacy.”
According to the New York Citywide Colon Cancer Control Coalition colon cancer screening rates in New York City are around 69%. “In order to reach the national screening goal of 80% by 2018, we all must do things tomorrow that we aren’t doing today,” states Anne Carlson, executive director for the Colon Cancer Coalition. “This goal is too big for one group to reach on its own. That’s why we are thrilled to partner with these incredible organizations on innovative projects that will continue to move the needle.”
A total of $80,000 raised through Get Your Rear in Gear – New York City is being invested in the following programs and partnerships, reaching New Yorkers with the importance of screening for colorectal cancer in very different ways.
Michael’s Mission is launching a new Medically Underserved Outreach initiative to assist medically vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, urban poor, and the elderly. As part of the Michael’s Mission Patient Support services, this initiative will increase access to colorectal cancer screening, education and treatment. “Michael’s Mission calls New York City home. This funding from the Colon Cancer Coalition allows us to create a new outreach program that will reach medically vulnerable populations in our beloved city,” states Martha Raymond, executive director for Michael’s Mission. “We look forward to working with underserved communities in the five boroughs of New York City, and helping reduce barriers to colon cancer screening through this new patient-centric program.”
With these three innovative initiatives reaching throughout New York City, and the passion of these partners, we look forward to reaching the shared 80% screening by 2018 goal together.
All three of these partners will be joining the Colon Cancer Coalition at the sixth annual Get Your Rear in Gear – New York City on Sunday, October 25 at Riverside Park in Manhattan. The event will begin at 8 a.m. with the Kids’ Fun Run for children aged 12 and under. The 5K Run/Walk will follow at 8:30 a.m.Find a Get Your Rear in Gear event near you. learn how money from other Get Your Rear in Gear events has been used.