Supporters of the Kimmel Cancer Center joined “Team Jefferson” for this year’s Get Your Rear in Gear 5K and 10K runs, 2 mile walk or a kids’ fun run.
Proceeds support cutting edge research in colorectal cancer and compassionate care.
Maria Grasso, founder and organizer of GYRIG Philadelphia, presented a check to Jefferson from last year’s event proceeds in the amount of $50,000 a week before the race.
A resident of Mount Laurel, N.J., Grasso lost her own father and grandfather to colon cancer. Inspired by a desire to fight the diseases that claimed her loved ones, Grasso has grown the event from a few hundred participants to more than 4,000 as she approached the fifth year.
This annual race event is part of awareness and fund-raising efforts during March, National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.