Local 5K To Deliver CRUSHing Blow

The Duke Cancer Institute Gastrointestinal Cancer disease group is ready to deliver another CRUSHing blow to colorectal cancer. Having raised a record $54,000 last year, the 2016 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Fun Walk expects to raise at least $60,000 for colorectal cancer research.

“Last year’s turnout exceeded our greatest expectations,” said medical oncologist Ivy Altomare, MD, one of the event’s organizers. “It’s exciting and rewarding to see this event grow year after year. The support from our many sponsors, both local and national, and also our event participants is helping to make a difference for colorectal cancer patients everywhere.”

Excluding skin cancers, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in Americans. According to the American Cancer Society, in 2015 there have been 93,090 new cases of colon cancer and 39,610 new cases of rectal cancer.

Over the past 12 years, the National Institutes of Health, the nation’s medical research agency, has received less in government funding. The reduction in funding has resulted in fewer grants for research institutions, such as Duke.

“At Duke we strive to change the rules on cancer,” said medical oncologist and researcher S. Yousuf Zafar, MD, MHS. “But if we are to unleash game-changing breakthroughs in cancer research, sufficient funding is crucial. CRUSH helps bridge the gap, raising those critically-needed funds to ensure science continues to move forward.”

The 2016 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K and Walk, will take place Saturday, March 19. The 5K and walk start and finish on Ninth Street in Durham. Participants are encouraged to form teams and raise funds. For more information or to register, visit CRUSH.