As you may know, the very first Get Your Rear in Gear event was held in Minneapolis, Minn. in 2005. Since that time the Get Your Rear in Gear movement has exploded from one race to 40 events across the country.
May 22, 2011 is the seventh annual Get Your Rear in Gear Twin Cities event. To mark the occasion we requested that Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton make a special proclamation of the day for the State of Minnesota. He was kind enough to oblige. Here is a photo of the certificate and the complete text of the proclamation is below.
STATE OF MINNESOTA PROCLAMATION
Whereas: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, affecting people of all races and ethnicities; and
Whereas: when diagnosed at an early stage, there is a 90 percent, five-year survival rate for those with colon cancer. When diagnosed at a later stage, that survival rates falls to just 10 percent; and
Whereas: Individuals diagnosed with colon cancer often experience no signs or symptoms associated with the disease; and
Whereas: 2,475 new cases of colon cancer and 850 colon cancer deaths are reported each year in Minnesota, yet only one in four Minnesotans over the age of 50 have ever been screened; and
Whereas: The Colon Cancer Coalition and the first Get Your Rear in Gear Race were founded in Minnesota in 2005 by Kristin Tabor after losing her sister to colon cancer; and
Whereas: To date, the Get Your Rear in Gear Twin Cities race has raised more than $750,000 for colon cancer education, prevention and screening in Minnesota.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Sunday, May 22, 2011, as:
Get Your Rear in Gear Minnesota Day
in the State of Minnesota.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 3rd day of May.
(Signed by Mark Dayton, Governor and Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State)
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