Stripped down for cancer
Oct 18, 2013 / 4:00 pm
The second annual Underwear Run took place Friday afternoon on the UBCO campus with a couple dozen students taking part in the 2.3 kilometre run.
The run is a way for the Canadian Cancer Society to make men’s and women’s health a priority for college-aged students by encouraging them to make one simple lifestyle change to reduce the risk of cancer.
“It falls under the umbrella goal of getting people to do just one thing to reduce the risk of cancer and increase their health and it can be anything as easy as taking the stairs instead of the elevator or doing a couple jumping jacks or running around campus in your underwear,” says organizer Alex Cloherty, a third year student at UBCO.
Last year the run, which focuses on cancer below the belt, raised just over $1,000 and organizers hope to do even better this time around.
People are encouraged to write down their one thing and share it through their own social media channels and through myonething.ca.
“Approximately 23,800 new cancer cases are diagnosed each year in BC and that figure is set to grow dramatically as the population ages,” says Jerilynn Maki, Health Promotion Coordinator for the Society.
“We expect to see a 70 per cent increase in cancers in the next 20 years unless something changes.”
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