Another CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5K event is in the books. The popular local event, hosted by the Duke Cancer Institute GI Oncology multidisciplinary program, returned as an in-person event after a four-year hiatus with a run/walk through the historic Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood. The 2020 event was virtual and there were no CRUSH events in 2021 and 2022.
The organizers wish to thank everyone who came out and supported the cause.
The funds raised by the event, in the amount of $21,889, make more innovative research at DCI possible — helping to transform cancer care at DCI.
The top fund-raising team was A Little Less Behind captained by six-year colorectal cancer survivor Andy Riley, a DCI patient who formed the team and participated in his first CRUSH event in 2019. His team raised $5,130 this year.
"Six years from my diagnosis I am cancer-free!" he wrote to his supporters on his team page. "The Duke Cancer Institute's 2023 CRUSH Colorectal Cancer 5k is a great way to give back to a great institution that made such an impact on my life."
The number 2 fundraiser was "Homegrown Berry," which raised $3,030, and close behind, "The AssAilants," which raised $2,898 for the cause.
The next CRUSH event will be in March 2025 during colorectal cancer awareness month.