Colon cancer is the second leading cancer killer for both men and women in the United States, despite the fact that it’s one the most preventable forms of the disease. The rates in Kentucky, in fact, are even worse, as we rank in the top five states for both colon cancer incidence and mortality.
The Colon Cancer Prevention Project was formed locally in 2004 to help eliminate preventable colon cancer deaths through education, advocacy, health systems improvement and survivor support. When they began, only one in three Kentuckians were getting screenings. Now, it’s two in three, and the incidence rate is down more than 25 percent.
This Saturday, Aug. 20, the CCPP will hold their largest fundraiser and awareness builder, the Kicking Butt 5K, at Iroquois Park. Along with the walk/run, there will be plenty to do and see at the park, including a “Healthy Village” featuring more than 15 booths from local organizations; a KidZone with inflatables, face painting, mascots and more; and, most notably, a 20-foot-long inflatable colon you can walk through and take selfies with.
All funds raised by the event stay in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area, and organizers say the race grows each year as word spreads.
The Kicking Butt 5K begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Iroquois Park. Registration is $25 before the end of day on Aug. 18, or $30 after.