5k Walk/Run for Colon Cancer in Memory of my Grandma Kay

In two weeks, I will be participating in the Get Your Rear In Gear 5k Run/Walk in Oak Park to honor the memory of my Grandma Kay who passed from colon cancer five years ago.

I know that times are tough, but it would mean a lot to me if any of you could show your support by cheering us on, participating or contributing to the cause.

If you’re interested in attending:
The race begins at 8:30am on Sunday, May 15th at Oak Park River Forest High School:
201 North Scoville Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60302
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If you’re interested in walking or running:
Participation in the 5k (3.1 mile) run/walk is $25 if you register online now. I know the website says $30, but when I registered yesterday, it only asked for $25. The price may go up on May 10th, and race day registration is $35. The route map is published on their website, and you can choose to be timed. You can find more information about the race and view the brochure on the Get Your Rear In Gear website.

I’ve started a team, named 4Kay, for anyone interested in joining me for this event. To join this team, register as an individual and then select the team 4Kay on the second registration page. To start the registration process, go here.

If you’re interested in donating:
The Colon Cancer Coalition is the nonprofit organization that is running the Get Your Rear In Gear 5k. Their goal is to increase awareness, provide screening programs to those with financial barriers and create support for those affected by the disease. 75% of their funds raised stay local to ensure monies are spent to increase community awareness and screening programs. They have a grade of “A” with the Better Business Bureau. The link my donation page is here: http://www.active.com/donate/gyrigchicago11/4Kay

Colon Cancer Facts
» It is highly curable – over 90% – if caught in its earliest stages; however, it is a silent killer. Usually there are no symptoms to rely on until more advanced stages of the disease.
» It equally affects men and women, affects those primarily 50 and older.
» It is one of the top 3 causes of cancer deaths in the United States – 54,000 each year.
» More than 150,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year.
» Those with family history of the disease are at increased risk, but approximately 80% of people diagnosed with colon cancer have no family history.

Thank you so much for your consideration. Any amount you can contribute, be it through time, effort or money, is truly appreciated. This cause is dear to my heart.


Grandma Kay with her 3 sons