Did you know that the second most common cause of cancer-related death in Calvert County is colorectal cancer? Only lung cancer deaths are higher. The Calvert County Health Department wants to raise awareness for this very treatable disease by asking everyone in the Calvert County community to sign up for the 2015 St Leonard Keep Your Colon Rollin 5K this Saturday, March 28th.
What: 2015 St Leonard Keep Your Colon Rollin 5K
Where: Jefferson Patterson Park & Museum (10515 Mackall Rd, St Leonard, MD)
When: Saturday, March 28th 9am
Cost: $35 per Participant
Contact: Calvert County Health Dept (410) 535-5400 ext 348 or via email (use subject field: 5K)
The 2015 St Leonard Keep Your Colon Rollin 5K is going to take place this Saturday, come rain or shine. Right now, the weather is looking like it will be in our favor, though, with rain on Friday but gone by race time on Saturday. Participants can choose to either walk or run the 5K (3.1 miles). It is also open to all ages. Trophies will be handed out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place male and female in each age group (12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59 & 60+). Registration packets will be handed out at 8am on the day of the race, with the race itself starting at 9am.
A colorectal cancer diagnosis is not a death sentence. It can be prevented and, if caught early on, can be treated and beaten! To catch it in time, though, you need to be screened. Talk to your doctor about scheduling your colonoscopy if you are 50 years old or older. However, you shouldn't wait until you are 50 if there is a history of colon cancer in your family. Don't wait until you feel "sick" to seek treatment either. Usually, patients will not even have any symptoms.
To sign up for the 2015 St Leonard Keep Your Colon Rollin 5K, you can visit the registration page at Active.com here. If you have any questions about the race, you can either call the Health Department directly or contact them via email. Just make sure to put "5K" in the subject field when you email them. To learn more about colorectal cancer, feel free to contact Tammy Halterman at (410) 535-5400 ext 348. She can mail you information or schedule a presentation about the Health Department's Colorectal Cancer Screening Program. Proceeds from the 5K will directly benefit the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Originally posted on my Southern Maryland real estate blog here: http://bonnieaugostino.com/2015-st-leonard-keep-your-colon-rollin-5k/.