Undy walk for colon cancer

By Beau Ebenezer

October 20, 2012 Updated Oct 20, 2012 at 10:18 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- Hundreds ditched their clothes and hit the streets today for a worthy cause.

Roughly 400 people came out for the first annual Undy 5000's 5-K walk run.

The goal was to spread awareness about the second deadliest cancer in the country, colon cancer.

Experts say 1 in every 19 people are diagnosed each year.

Organizers hoped people walked away from the event with a better understanding of the importance of good colon health.

"Colon cancer is the area that people don't wanna talk about. I think maybe it's the area that they are talking about or maybe the cleaning out of the colonoscopy to find it. But we are trying to really get colon cancer to the forefront here," said Interim Executive Director for the Central Illinois Endoscopy Center, Karen Smith.

Colon cancer survivor, Erich Thompson said he was fortunate to catch his in time and hoped others would pay attention to the risks.

"I'm hoping seeing all of these people out here, if any of them hear of any symptoms that they may be having as well, maybe they'll come in and get checked."

The Undy 5000 raised almost $30,000 for colon cancer prevention.

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