Fort Worth goes blue for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March kicks off Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and Get Your Rear in Gear (GYRIG) is partnering
with the Colon Cancer Coalition to “Go Blue” in effort to raise awareness of this deadly disease. The
Colon Cancer Coalition was formed in 2004 and was charged with hosting events like the annual Get
Your Rear in Gear 5K/one-mile fun run. GYRIG empowers local communities to promote prevention and
early detection of colon cancer as well as provide support to those affected.
During the month of March, the following coverage opportunities are available:
Monday, March 2 through Tuesday, March 3 – 7
Street bridge in Fort Worth will be lit up
blue to “Go Blue.” Last year, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price signed a proclamation for Fort
Worth to join in the statewide and national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Wednesday, March 4 – Dr. Lori Gordon, with Texas Healthcare Colon and Rectal Surgeons, and
GYRIG will discuss risks and prevention of colon cancer to Texas Christian University’s student-
led awareness group Frogs Fighting Cancer at 7 p.m. in Reeves Hall. A 15-foot inflatable colon
will be displayed from 10 a.m. until noon in the common’s area of the campus during the day for
students to walk through and learn more.
* While rates of colon cancer have been declining among adults 50 years and older, the incidence of
colorectal cancer is increasing among adults under age 50.
Saturday, March 7 – GYRIG, in partnership with Blue Mesa Grill Fort Worth, is hosting the
first Survivor Dinner for patients, survivors, and a guest. The event will be held at 6:30 p.m. at
Blue Mesa Grill 612 Carroll Street, Fort Worth.
Saturday, March 21 – Get Your Rear in Gear 5K/one-mile run. The fun begins at 7:30 a.m. at
Trinity Park, Pavilion 1/Shelter House in Fort Worth. Walkers and survivors can register for free
and runners are $15. There is still time to register for the run at
Available for interview: Dr. Araghizadeh with Texas Digestive Disease Consultants. Dr.
Araghizadeh is a board-certified colorectal surgeon with a passion for educating the public on the
risk factors and prevention of colon and rectal cancer. Dr. Araghizadeh is a national speaker and
highly regarded in his field.
Colorectal Cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer
death. However with early screening and testing, not only is colon cancer preventable and treatable, it is
For media inquiries, contact Local Event Media Chair Emily Conklin at 940-535-8010 or
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