GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spectrum Health canceled the March 15, 2021 Irish Jig 5K race, officials announced Monday.
The annual event, in its 31st year, raises funds towards colorectal cancer prevention, treatment and diagnostic services in the area. It is set to return in 2022 but the specific date has not yet been determined, according to a Dec. 14 news release.
As one of the largest 5K races in West Michigan, the event typically draws more than 6,000 participants, volunteers and team members to East Grand Rapids. Last year, more than 4,800 runners participated. The race was set to start with a short walk at East Grand Rapids High School.
Officials say those who would like to support colorectal cancer services may still do so, by visiting: give.spectrumhealth.org/donations. Choose the location “Grand Rapids Designations” and the designation “Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fund” to help provide throughout the service area.
According to Spectrum Health, there are many factors including genes, lifestyle and environment which may influence the risk of getting cancer. Changes in diet and lifestyle, regular health screenings and early detection of precancerous conditions may aid in prevention.
Spectrum Health offers a team of leading colorectal surgeons and gastroenterologists and a wide variety of care options from early screening to diagnosis, treatment and support. More information about colon cancer is available at spectrumhealth.org.
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