Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin aims to help colon cancer patients

  • Colon cancer survivor Sharon Wells of Bartlett and her husband, Devin, organized the Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin 5K run/walk to raise funds for and awareness of colon cancer. Sharon was only 45 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She is now cancer-free.

      Colon cancer survivor Sharon Wells of Bartlett and her husband, Devin, organized the Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin 5K run/walk to raise funds for and awareness of colon cancer. Sharon was only 45 when she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She is now cancer-free. Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Team Jennifer from last year's Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin walked in honor of Jennifer Edgerton, cousin of Shaun Will of Elgin. From left are Eileen Marsh, Shaun Will, Aiden Will, Jerry Smith, Hailey Fiedler, Lauren Meyer, Maria Cinquepalmi, Michelle O'Leary, and JoAnn Smith.

    Team Jennifer from last year's Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin walked in honor of Jennifer Edgerton, cousin of Shaun Will of Elgin. From left are Eileen Marsh, Shaun Will, Aiden Will, Jerry Smith, Hailey Fiedler, Lauren Meyer, Maria Cinquepalmi, Michelle O'Leary, and JoAnn Smith. Courtesy of Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin

  • Barb Hannan of North Aurora runs in honor of her mother, Carol Voeks, who passed away from colon cancer.

    Barb Hannan of North Aurora runs in honor of her mother, Carol Voeks, who passed away from colon cancer. Courtesy of Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin

 
By Devin Wells
Director, Get Your Rear in Gear, Elgin
Posted7/27/2015 2:43 PM

Two years ago my wife Sharon was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 45.

She has always been physically fit and a runner. As such, she decided that she wanted to take part in a charity run/walk as part of her recovery process.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

We found the Get Your Rear in Gear-Chicago event and the timing worked out nicely. While we were doing that walk, we thought it would be nice to do something like this to benefit the people in our own neighborhood.

So we organized Get Your Rear in Gear-Elgin, which was held for the first time in 2014.

Last year we had just under 500 participants comprising 19 teams. The event was a big success and allowed us to provide a $25,000 grant to the Advocate Sherman Foundation for colon cancer education, prevention and treatment efforts in Elgin.

This year we are hoping to grow larger and raise even more funds for our community.

Several participants in this year's event, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 1, at Prairie View Grade School in Elgin, are sharing their stories about their own experiences with the disease and why they walk.

About Get Your Rear in Gear

Get Your Rear in Gear® events are presented nationally by the Colon Cancer Coalition, a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis. The events are 100 percent volunteer-driven in communities throughout the United States.

The Colon Cancer Coalition distributes funds raised at Get Your Rear in Gear events back into local communities for colon cancer education, prevention, and screening. By making the words colon, colorectal and colonoscopy a part of the everyday language, we believe we can overcome the fear and decrease deaths from this largely preventable cancer.

A history of the organization, upcoming events, and a list of programs receiving funding from the Colon Cancer Coalition can be found at ColonCancerCoalition.org/Elgin.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

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