Friday, July 14, 2017

4th Annual Michael's 5K Run

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Saturday, July 22nd is the 4th Annual Michael's 5K Run event. The proceeds of this event are for research and treatment of a rare type of Colon Cancer Signet Ring Cell Adenocarcinoma. [1] It is a rare and aggressive type of cancer that affects less than 1% of all Colon Cancer patients. Because of its rarity, this type of cancer is not researched as much as the more common forms of Colon Cancer. Signet ring cell adenocarcinomas are considered more aggressive than regular adenocarcinomas and are harder to successfully treat. Research and funding are crucial for these patients.

[1] Michael Brown was initially diagnosed with stage 3 Colon Cancer in February 2010. He went through six months of chemotherapy and had been in remission for almost 4 years. Then in December of 2013, he was diagnosed with stage 4 Colon Cancer the rare type Signet Ring Cell. Because the signet ring cell form is very uncommon not much research has been done and there isn't enough information for treatment. For now, patients are using a chemo therapy for colon cancer, but there is not a high success rate.

[1] When Michael and his wife Angie learned about the rarity of his disease, they then had the idea to form a foundation to promote the awareness and funding of Signet Ring Colon Cancer research. They formed “The Michael P Brown Colon Cancer Foundation.” They are having the 4th Annual Michael's 5K Run with the Joe Stamm Band Concert after[starts at 7:30], and food and drinks as well. If you are interested in attending sign up or purchase your tickets on their website, and there is a map of the race and more info about the cost of everything. Good luck to the runners! Join in the fun and the fight against colon cancers. 

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