We are in the planning stages  for the 2015 Race For Hope for colorectal cancer awareness.  If you are interested in being on the planning committee please contact Carleen at therace4hope@gmail.com.

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Race for Hope Represents NHL All-Star 5k

Carleen Taylor, President and Founder of Race for Hope, participated in the NHL All-Star 5K Race in downtown Columbus on January 24, 2015. Carleen dedicated her run in memory of those who have lost the battle to colorectal cancer. When friends and family heard that Carleen would be running in honor of the cause, many requested that she wear the names of their loved ones as a symbol for hope.

The Race for Hope Organization is currently in the process of establishing a permanent “running team,” in which members and volunteers participate in 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, and full-marathons. The team will dedicate each run to the loving memory of those we have lost. We hope that our presence and dedication will raise awareness of colorectal cancer and the need for early screening. Laura Leister and James Lettau, two board members of Race for Hope, are preparing to run the Undy 5000, sponsored by the Colon Cancer Alliance, in Cleveland on April 11, 2015 and Carleen will be running the Cap City Marathon, sponsored by Ohio Health, on May 2, 2015. Please contact us if you would like to join us for the cause!

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One of our many goals – Raising awareness for the under 50 population

The National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable is an organization founded by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Roundtable strongly endorses the “80 percent by 2018” campaign, which is designed to encourage health providers to regularly screen a minimum of 80 percent of their patients for colorectal cancer by 2018.

Without a doubt, this campaign is one to be applauded. However, Race for Hope and its organizers would like to highlight the importance of screenings for individuals who are under 50 years of age. Statistical data shows that while colorectal cancers in older adults have been declining, the numbers have increased for the under 50 population by 2.1% annually.

In an attempt to spread the word about the need for awareness of colorectal cancer for individuals under the age of 50, we encourage you to contact the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable and share your personal experiences regarding individuals you know who have been affected by the disease at a younger age. An increase of public concern for this issue may persuade the Roundtable to implement a second campaign for the underrepresented!

You may contact the Roundtable by following this link: http://nccrt.org/contact-us/

Make sure to include whether there is a family history. Many providers will not screen for colorectal cancer if there is no known family history, which is often leads to a misdiagnosis for the under 50 population. One of our lead organizers of Race for Hope has written the following:

“I have been an advocate for colorectal cancer awareness since 2002. My dear friend was diagnosed at 42.  We both had 4 young boys and spent a lot of time together.  I started a 5k race for her to give her hope and something to look forward to.  Sadly she died 3 weeks before the 1st race, she had just turned 45.  I promised her I would get the word out about colorectal cancer and I have been trying to do that in between my job, kids, life ever since.  Along the way I have met 100’s of people under the age of 50 with colorectal cancer.  So many wonderful people, so many sad stories.  Most follow the same storyline… went to the Dr. with symptoms, Dr’s. did everything BUT look for colorectal cancer, people were told you are too young for colorectal cancer.  Six or seven months later person back at Docs with worsening symptoms and then diagnosed with stage 4 CRC.  Person dies under the age of 50.   So my question is what are the plans for the  14,000 people that get colorectal cancer each year that are under the age of 50?  This segment of the population deserves to have a chance at life.  Thank you for your time.”

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Countdown to Race Day 9/27/2015

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