Livingston, NJ — This morning, as a survivor of colon cancer, I participated in the second annual March Fourth 5K and Family Fitness Day to raise funds and awareness of the disease.
The event was organized and founded by a local teen, Jeremy Dranikoff, to honor the legacy of his mother, Joanna, who died of colon cancer in 2016 at age 48. He came-up with the idea with his two younger sisters, which aims to raise awareness of colon cancer, and to advocate for screening, recommended by the American Cancer Association to begin at age 45.
Held at the Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy, the event drew ~500 supporters and raised $40,000, which will go to the Colorectal Cancer Alliance and its prevention initiatives.
In addition to activities that recognize March as National Colorectal Cancer Awareness month, the event was highlighted by a 5k run/walk, which I participated in, along with the support of my family (photo below!)
A huge thanks to all of the generous sponsors, instructors, volunteers, and others who made the wonderful event possible!
You can help fight colorectal cancer through fundraising towards research and a cure; education such as reducing/learning your risk and knowing the symptoms; and making sure to schedule a screening.
Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States.