Thousands walk in Central Park for Colon Cancer awareness

Posted at 6:39 PM, Apr 07, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-07 18:39:39-04

NEW YORK (PIX11)- Thousands of walkers took to Central Park on Sunday, to help raise money and awareness for Colorectal Cancer.

Most of the participants walked the 1.7 mile course in memory of someone close to them who had been affected by the deadly disease.

“We’re here in honor of my dad who died two years ago of colon cancer, we’re doing it as a family,” said walker Daisy Gonzalez.

This is the 10th Anniversary of the Colon Cancer Challenge.
The foundation is hoping to mark the milestone by raising $1 million for research, awareness, prevention and screening efforts.

PIX 11’s Mr. G was on hand to help kick off the festivities.

“Great cause.  We’re healthy fortunately, we’re giving to those who are not, and that’s the way it should work,” said Mr. G.

In 2011 almost 150,000 people were diagnosed with colorectal cancer and almost 50,000 people died due to the disease that same year.

That’s why many walkers say they hope their efforts will encourage more people to get screened, so they can fight against this fatal, yet preventable disease.

“Not everybody knows about it, and unfortunately for my father, he found out too late.  So if we raise awareness, we can help people prevent it,” said walker Carry Leggett.