In 2011, colon cancer was the third most frequently diagnosed cancer for men and the fourth for women at CAMC. Pitchford said 9 percent of cancer deaths in the United States are from colon cancer. This disease is preventable and treatable with screenings and awareness, she said.
"What we want to do with the money raised this year and next year, when the new cancer center opens, we'll have a resource area for cancer patients," Pitchford said. "We want to provide a lot more colon cancer screening awareness that will include pamphlets and brochures and other resources."
In honor of the state's 150th birthday this year, the race will begin at the state Capitol and will take runners through the city, up the hill to historic Spring Hill Cemetery and back to the Capitol. The race previously has started at Haddad Riverfront Park.
More than 1,000 runners have been involved with the race since its beginning. Runners of all ages are encouraged to participate.
"We say anyone from 8 to 80 can run," Pitchford said.
Pitchford said she is hoping to see more than 200 runners in this year's race — the biggest yet. About 50 participants have registered so far.
Food will be provided after the race, including bananas from The Purple Onion and chicken from Chick-fil-A.
First- and second-place finishers in both the male and the female divisions will receive gift cards to Robert's Running and Walking Shop. The top three runners in each age division will also receive gift cards. Every runner who crosses the finish line is entered into the raffle for a pair of running shoes donated by Robert's.
Frost Brown Todd LLC, AT&T, and MCS Construction Inc. have supported the 2013 Run for Your Life.
To register, visithttps://6275camcfoundation.thankyou4caring.org/sslpage.aspx?pid300.
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