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 to Colorectal Cancer Awareness. 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 back of her jacket was dedicated to those currently battling Colorectal Cancer, while the front was in memory of those who we have lost. 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...

Laura Kelly

It is once again with a heavy heart that I need to bring the news that we have lost another young, vibrant, wonderful spirit to colon cancer.  Laura Kelly was a wondeful help with Race For Hope last year.  She helped  with raffle items.  She motivated many friends and relatives to be part of the race in 2012. She listened to me as I told her about Race For Hope and my friend Peggy. Her spirit and zest for life was evident in her smile. And It was evident in how many people ran and walked with her last year that she was loved by many.  My prayers are with all who are loving and missing her tonight. She was 47 and too young.  In honor of her fight, determination,and involvement with The Peggy Bock Memorial Race For Hope, this 10th race For Hope will be dedicated to Laura...

Maria Howard

The 2012 Race For Hope was dedicated to Maria Howard. Maria was a wonderful strength. She spoke so eloquently at the first Blue For The Night in March 2011. She faced her cancer with dignity and determination to live life to the fullest, in living she made time to help with Race For Hope to help bring awareness for colorectal cancer. She passed away June 2012 at the age of 48. She will not be...

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...

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