The Colon Cancer Coalition currently produces over 25 Get Your Rear in Gear events across the country to raise awareness about the importance of colon cancer screening and to raise funds for prevention and treatment of the disease. These events are made possible through the hard work of local race directors and the generosity of the businesses that support them. In Philadelphia, race director Maria Grasso recently gained the support of health care giant Glaxo Smith Kline and, in the process, met a young employee and colon cancer patient.
Grasso met Loan T. Hang at a Glaxo Smith Kline employee party which the event director attended to promote her upcoming Philadelphia Get Your Rear In Gear event. Hang, who works in research and development was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009.
To show support for Hang, Glaxo Smith Kline held a raffle with proceeds going to support the Get Your Rear in Gear program. Hang herself presented Grasso with a check for $1,050. In addition, Glaxo Smith Kline is matching the donation for a total of $2,100.
“I am so grateful for the continued support from my family at GSK. I would also like to express the importance of being your own health advocate. Persistence makes a difference,” said Hang.
The second annual Philadelphia Get Your Rear In Gear will take place at 7:30 a.m. on Martin Luther King Drive in Philadelphia, Sunday, March 21, 2010, during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Both survivors and those lost to colorectal cancer will be honored. 5K Race time is at 9:30 am and 2 mile Remembrance Walk at 9:45am.
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