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GENESEO – Hundreds of folks took on colon cancer and the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center’s 4th annual 5k run and walk in honor of families fighting colon cancer at the Village Park in Geneseo, enjoying hot dogs, smoothies, and of course taking a peek at different types of colon cancer inside the famous inflatable colon.
‘Strollers’ of all ages followed the 5k route from the park through the village and back to Main Street, and best times
received ribbons and trophies, including Catherine Staley, 7, who placed 2nd in women’s overall with a time of 22:10, nearly tying for first place women’s.
“She kept it together while they sorted out her time,” said her mother, Mary Catherine Calabrese. “She finished so close to the first place woman that the counter missed her.”
Judge Dennis Cohen, 65, has run in every Strollin for the Colon 5k, and this year won a ribbon for placing first in his age bracket.
“I got 27:05, my best time yet,” said Judge Cohen. “I was only five minutes slower than the 7-year-old champ!”
According to the event signup website, colon cancer is the second-leading cancer killer for both men and women in the United States.
“Although research has shown that screening for colon cancer saves lives, screening rates remain too low,” says the page. “Awareness of the need to screen for this preventable disease is urgently needed in our region.”
The University of Rochester Medical Center sponsors the stroll, and proceeds from this event go towards the development of cancer awareness programs through the University of Rochester’s Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, the Livingston County Department of Health Cancer Prevention program and the Monroe County Cancer Services Program and also to support colon cancer research at Wilmot Cancer Center and other areas.
PHOTO CAPTION: Cover – Judge Dennis Cohen with Catherine Staley. Top – Folks of all ages enjoy the beautiful day. Bottom – Members of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol standing by while the crowd enjoys the park.