The Sprint for Colorectal Oncology Prevention and Education (SCOPE) Run will once again be organized by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to raise funds and support the fight against colorectal cancer, as well as honor patients, survivors and their families. This year, the event is taking place on Saturday, March 28 between the center and the 1220 Holcombe Blvd., and will celebrate the run’s 10th anniversary.
The annual event gathers people who are currently dealing with the disease or have been affected by it, as well as health care providers, clinicians, scientists and other members of the community. The SCOPE Run wants to raise awareness and funding to support research, but also to provide education on living with the disease.
Colorectal cancer is currently the second most deadly type of cancer in the United States, with high incidence of the disease in both genders. “Screening and early detection are keys to beating this disease,” professor of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology at MD Anderson and co-founder of the run, Cathy Eng, MD, said in a news release.
The race was created in 2005 and has already raised over $160,000, which has been invested in the development of community education projects focused on the relevance of early detection and screening. One of the most prominent achievements was the creation and distribution of teaching kits for local churches and recreation centers. In addition, the event also helped support educational booklets in different languages to reach minorities, which are less likely to receive proper screening.
“This is a landmark year for us. Over the years, the run has given us an opportunity to educate the general public, raise funds and involve community leaders in our cause,” stated co-founder of the SCOPE Run, Kimberly Tripp, of Acute Care Services at MD Anderson. This year the event will include the Houston Texans Coach Bill O’Brien as a guest to help in the educational mission.
The organization is expecting over 1,700 participants, from which several will be wearing blue shoestring laces to commemorate the 10-year anniversary. The SCOPE Run includes a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a non-competitive 1K Kids Race, as well as an awards ceremony during which a colon cancer survivor will receive the Erin Scott Courageous Spirit Award.