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COVID-19 Affected Events, Your questions answered

latest update: May 27, 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, our staff is working with community leaders to develop individualized plans for each event. The safety and well-being of our participants, sponsors, and volunteers is paramount.

At this time we have rescheduled or gone virtual with many events and we are in conversation with others to determine the best plan for each community. Please make decisions based on what is best for yourself and your family. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this dynamic situation. Information is fluid and updates will be made available as the situation changes. Please be patient with us as we do our best to keep you informed.

Please check this space, the event listing on our website, and local event social media accounts for the most up-to-date information.

Q. My event has been postponed. When will you share the new date?

A. We are currently working with our venues and event timers to reschedule many events for a later date. Many events have been rescheduled, others we are still working to determine the best date. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate this dynamic situation, and look forward to seeing you all soon. Information will be posted on our event calendar, individual event pages, and relevant social media sites. Emails will also be sent to registered participants with updated information.

Rescheduled Events:

Q. My local event now says “virtual.” What does that mean?

A. Instead of gathering in person, we are creating a virtual community through Facebook and other social media. Your registration and any fundraising is automatically transferred to the virtual event. Check your email regularly for the four weeks leading up to the virtual gathering. We will be sending tips and ideas to help you Get Your Rear in Gear in your own way. Then use #GYRIGMyWay on social media to share your activities.

Get Your Rear in Gear 2020 Virtual MedalWe have special prizes for those who participate and fundraise, including a special “Quarantine 2020” medal!

Virtual Events:

Q. I am unable to attend on the new date or my event was cancelled. Can I get a refund?

A. Registration fees paid are needed to continue to provide support for our grantees in the area and to pay for supplies and vendors with whom we have a contractual obligation.  The COVID-19 virus is considered an “act of God” and therefore under our policies is not eligible for a refund or credit for future events. Rather, you can consider your registration a donation to the Colon Cancer Coalition to be granted locally.

In light of the financial burden we will face in this growing crisis, we kindly request participants update fundraising pages and reach out to your contacts and ask for support. We don’t want to miss a step in our work to prevent colorectal cancer through screenings and education and to support patients.

Cancelled Events:


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The CDC recommends all people take these steps to prevent the spread of the virus

Community-based interventions such as school dismissals, event cancellations, social distancing, and creating employee plans to work remotely can help slow the spread of COVID-19.  

COVID-19 CDC FlyerClean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

Take steps to protect others

  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

More tips from the CDC.

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