A bike ride to Colon raises awareness of life-saving colon cancer screening | Wahoo
VALLEY — On Sunday, June 19, hundreds of cyclists, including colon cancer survivors and their families, will ride from Valley to Colon, Neb. at the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force’s annual Rollin’ to Colon event.
“Each year, Rollin’ to Colon honors survivors of colorectal cancer, provides a chance to remember those we’ve lost, and brings invaluable awareness to the fight against colorectal cancer,” said survivor Lena Beeson. colon cancer and event director for Rollin’ in Colon. “While we all share the collective goal of raising awareness, each has a unique motivation for joining the ride. For me, Rollin’ to Colon is a celebration of survival. I went on my first ride during treatment in 2015. I’ve been riding every year since, with family and friends by my side and a pair of red lips on the front of my bike as I embrace cancer.
Participants can join Rollin’ to Colon in person or virtually. Riders can run 53 miles from Valley to Colon and back or choose a shorter 10, 20 or 30 mile route. There is also an option for children. The event will begin and end at Douglas County West High School, located at 401 S. Pine St. in Valley.
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“We know that colorectal cancer incidence and death rates are higher in Nebraska compared to overall rates in the United States. Getting behind this important cause and riding in the great outdoors is a wonderful way to spend Father’s Day weekend with your family,” Beeson said.
Entrants are encouraged to share their ride on social media and use the hashtag #2022RollintoColon.
All proceeds from the event stay in Nebraska to raise awareness for the prevention and early detection of colon cancer through multiple screening options. Colon cancer survivors are invited to participate in Rollin’ to Colon for free.
For more information, visit http://www.rollintocolon.org/.
The Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of lives saved from colon cancer through education, early detection and prevention. For more than 20 years, health organizations, businesses, colon cancer survivors and volunteers from across the community have been engaged in the global effort of the Great Plains Colon Cancer Task Force to bring the community to talk about colon cancer and to provide free colon cancer screenings and resources.