Team Georgetown Joins Scope It Out 5K to Raise Awareness of Colon Cancer

Faculty and staff from Georgetown University and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, patients and family members will again come together as Team Georgetown to raise funds to support colon cancer advocacy research at the ninth annual Scope it Out 5K on March 23. The event will begin at 9:00AM, near Freedom Plaza, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC.

The race is held during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month and is expected to attract over 4,000 participants according to the organizers, the Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation. The Scope It Out 5K calls attention to colonoscopy as an important tool in early detection. This is of particular urgency in the DC region which ranks #1 in lives lost to Colon Cancer and is the 2nd leading cause of cancer deaths for men and women combined in the US.

Along with fielding a team, the Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers at Georgetown Lombardi will again be a sponsor of the race. Chris4Life hopes to raise $400,000 at this year’s event, with some of those funds going to support research at the Ruesch Center. “Chris4Life is a valuable partner and the Scope It Out 5K provides critical funds to support clinical research in colon cancer at Lombardi,” said Dr. John Marshall, Director of the Ruesch Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology for MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and Associate Director for Clinical Research of Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.

To date, the Scope it Out 5K has donated more than $1 million dollars to further colorectal cancer research and awareness. The race has grown each year, with a goal of raising $400,000 in 2014. Please join in supporting Chris4LifeColon Cancer Foundation on Sunday, March 23, 2014, for the 9th annual scope it out 5k run/walk. Register today at http://www.scopeitout5k.com/events/286/scope-it-out-5k-run-walk-washington-dc as a team member and join Team Georgetown.