It seemed like destiny at work when MultiCare Health System became a co-sponsor of the 2017 Tacoma Undy Run/Walk. Especially since the event takes place directly across from MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.
“We are so excited to be a part of such a fun event right on our very doorstep in Wright Park,” said Karen Story, administrator of cancer care for MultiCare. “Like the Colon Cancer Alliance, MultiCare is committed to knocking out colon cancer in our community. And, let’s be honest: Who doesn’t want to see the inflatable colon?”
Donning tutus, camouflage, superhero patterns and an assortment of other fun underwear-themed costumes, runners and walkers will line up at Wright Park for the annual Tacoma Undy Run/Walk on August 19 from 7-10am.
The event is organized by the Colon Cancer Alliance as a lighthearted approach to a difficult, yet much needed conversation. Patients, survivors and their families will gather at the Tacoma Undy Run/Walk to raise money to support prevention initiatives, cutting-edge research and high-quality patient support. “Colon cancer is a terrible disease that is common and is on the rise in some populations. It is completely preventable with screening, and can be treated for cure if caught early. It is imperative to support efforts toward research and public awareness of this devastating disease,” says MultiCare colorectal surgeon, Dr. Eric Johnson.
MultiCare is dedicated to raising awareness of various screening options available to patients. “We are committed to honoring our pledge to reach 80 percent screening rates for colorectal cancer next year by providing a range of screening choices that are convenient and appropriate for our patients,” says Dr. Blair Irwin, Medical Director, MultiCare Regional Cancer Center.
Options are everything, and not just when it comes to choosing your attire for the Tacoma Undy Run/Walk. MultiCare presents many options for finding the best test for each patients, such as arming patients over 50 with simple, affordable home testing kits – like the FIT test — in addition to thorough colonoscopies.
“Working with allies like MultiCare Health System maximizes our reach and allows us to achieve our combined goals of saving more lives through increased screenings,” states Michael Sapienza, Colon Cancer Alliance’s CEO.
For additional information about MultiCare Health System’s colorectal cancer screening options, please visit www.multicare.org/cancer-
To register for the 2017 Tacoma Undy Run/Walk coming up soon this August 19 at Wright Park or to learn how to put together a team, please visit www.undyrunwalk.org and click on Tacoma, Washington.
5K Adult (14 and older) – $35 Advance/$40 Race Day
5K Youth (6-13) – $30 Advance/$35 Race Day
1 Mile Fun Run (all ages, children 5 and younger are free) – $30 Advance/$35 Race Day