Colorectal cancer kills 1,400 New Yorkers every year, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Black and Hispanic New Yorkers have lower rates of screening, putting them at greater risk.
To increase awareness and prevention of the disease during Colon Cancer awareness month, The City College of New York’s Black Male Initiative (BMI) is organizing a 3K race/walk around Harlem, Saturday, March 20. The second annual “March in March” hopes to attract up to 300 participants from the College and surrounding community. All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.
“March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and our goal, in addition to raising money to fight this scourge, is to increase awareness and inform the public that colon cancer can easily be prevented, starting with a conversation with your gastroenterologist,” said Troy A. Urquhart, the event’s creator and organizer.
The race starts at 8:40 a.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.) outside CCNY’s Nat Holman Gym at 138th Street and Convent Avenue. The course takes participants north to 145th Street then east to Lenox Avenue. From there, they will head south to 135th Street, where they will turn west and cross the finish line at St. Nicholas Avenue.
The entry fee is $10 for adults and $5 for students, faculty, seniors and persons with disabilities in wheelchairs or strollers. Children 13 years old or younger can compete free.
All participants will receive a free t-shirt, with prizes going to the top finishers. Mr. Urquhart said
For more information on the “March in March,” call (212) 650-6318 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org