October 11, 2012

'Undy' race Oct. 20 to raise funds for colon cancer awareness

The Division of Colorectal Surgery encourages faculty and staff to don their favorite boxers for a good cause by participating in Undy 5,000, a 5K and one-mile fun run on Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Walk of Fame Park in Nashville.

Created by the Colon Cancer Alliance in 2008, the Undy 5000 Race has raised nearly $2 million to support local colon cancer screening efforts, patient support services and awareness programs.

Roberta Muldoon, M.D., assistant professor of Surgery, is helping to coordinate this year’s Nashville event.

“Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the U.S., but it’s also the one of the most preventable,” Muldoon said. “That’s why getting the word out on the importance of regular screenings is so important. And besides, when else can you run in your undies?”

The family-friendly event will include educational expo booths, inflatables for the children and light food and beverages. Register online at www.undy5000.org or on the Vanderbilt Colon and Rectal Surgery website.