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Buffalo Undy Run/Walk to support colon cancer initiatives

Want the opportunity to run around outside in your underwear for a good cause?

The annual 5K Undy Run/Walk – to support the fight against colon cancer – will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday in Delaware Park.

Hundreds of participants will don silly boxers and briefs during the race – mostly over their shorts or sweats – to benefit the Independent Health Foundation Good Neighbor Program, as well as supporting the national prevention, research and patient and family support initiatives of the Colon Cancer Alliance. Included with race registration is a pair of signature Undy Run/Walk boxers; however, participants can get creative with their style choice and team spirit.

Colon cancer is among the most preventable cancers, yet remains the second-leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. In 2016, nearly 135,000 Americans were diagnosed, and more than 49,000 died from the disease. In New York alone, there have been 8,590 diagnoses and 2,970 colon cancer deaths in the past year.

“The Undy Run/Walk is an opportunity to spark lifesaving conversations and help make colon cancer something people are comfortable talking about,” Colon Cancer Alliance Special Events Director Adina Frazier said in a news release. “Unlike most cancers, colon cancer is largely preventable and beatable, and the more we can raise awareness, encourage screening, and promote prevention, the closer we get to eliminating this disease”

The Alliance hosts more than 20 Undy Run/Walk events across the U.S. that collectively raise more than $2 million annually. The race is an opportunity to encourage those battling the disease, remember those lost too soon, and celebrate those who have completed treatment.

In addition to the all-ages 5K, the event also features a 1-mile fun run. For more information or to register, visit undyrunwalk.org, and click on Buffalo, New York.

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