Fox Chase Cancer Center to Support ‘Get Your Rear in Gear’ Colon Cancer Run/ Walk

As with many major events scheduled within this challenging time of escalating concerns around COVID 19, Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia has postponed the 12th annual colon cancer awareness event from Sunday, March 22, 2020, to Sunday, July 19, 2020, at 7 am.  This move was made in collaboration with our expert medical partners to help ensure the safety and well-being of our participants.  It is a strategic choice to preserve the event and move it to the first available date on the calendar of the City of Philadelphia. 

PHILADELPHIA (February 27, 2020) – Fox Chase Cancer Center will be showing support for the fight against colon cancer by participating in the Colon Cancer Coalition’s annual Get Your Rear in Gear colon cancer run/walk in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 22.

Patients, survivors, and their families will join faculty, staff, and volunteers as members of the Fox Chase team. The team is led by this year by Fox Chase surgeon Jeffrey Farma, MD, FACS, chief of the Division of General Surgery at Fox Chase.

“I always enjoy the energy and enthusiasm of this event, especially the efforts of so many people to raise funds to fight colon cancer,” said Farma. “I am thrilled to lead our team and increase awareness of this important event.”

The Colon Cancer Coalition hosts the run/walk annually to raise funds and awareness for colon cancer. Funds raised from the event will support local efforts, including prevention, early detection, and treatment for the disease. Get Your Rear in Gear – Philadelphia is one of 35 run/walk events the Coalition is hosting across the country in 2020.

Fox Chase Drs. Crystal Denlinger, Jeff Farma, and Josh Meyers at the 2015 Get Your Rear in Gear.
Fox Chase Drs. Crystal Denlinger, Jeff Farma, and Josh Meyers at the 2015 Get Your Rear in Gear.

The family friendly run/walk will begin at Memorial Hall/Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia. Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., with the Kids’ Fun Run beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the 5K run/walk beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Registration is open until midnight on March 15. Adults can register for the race for $35 and children under 12 can be registered for $15. On race day, registration prices increase to $40 for adults and $20 for children. Children can also be registered for the fun run for $20. Colorectal cancer survivors register for free.

For more information on upcoming Get Your Rear in Gear events, go to the Colon Cancer Coalition’s Get Your Rear in Gear – Philadelphia page. To donate, click here.

Fox Chase Cancer Center (Fox Chase), which includes the Institute for Cancer Research and the American Oncologic Hospital and is a part of Temple Health, is one of the leading comprehensive cancer centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase is also one of just 10 members of the Alliance of Dedicated Cancer Centers. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence six consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach. It is the policy of Fox Chase Cancer Center that there shall be no exclusion from, or participation in, and no one denied the benefits of, the delivery of quality medical care on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity/expression, disability, age, ancestry, color, national origin, physical ability, level of education, or source of payment.

For more information, call 888-369-2427