MUSCATINE, Iowa–In 2014, Muscatine resident Bryan Fessler helped organize the first Get Your Rear in Gear walk to raise awareness about colon cancer and provide funds to help cover the cost of screenings for individuals in need. A truly local event, all of the funds raised go directly to UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital to cover the cost of colon cancer screenings for their patients who cannot afford them. “We don’t want financial obligation to be the reason someone puts off going to the doctor,” stressed Angela Koppe, one of Get Your Rear in Gear’s organizers. “This event can help people in our community who may feel financially burdened by the cost of screenings or procedures.”
In past years, Get Your Rear in Gear has featured an in person run/walk partnered with other fun activities, such as a bake sale featuring tushy shaped treats. In 2019, Muscatine’s Colon Cancer Coalition, which hosts Get Your Rear in Gear, even held a Bowling for Butts event.
Because of the lingering COVID-19 pandemic, Get Your Rear in Gear will take place virtually this year. Anyone interested in fundraising can register online via the Muscatine Colon Cancer Coalition’s website. Throughout the month of June, participants will track the distance they run, walk, or bike as well as the amount of money they raise. At the end of the month, they will submit their numbers online, allowing organizers to calculate grand totals. This year, Koppe hopes participants will raise at least $10,000 and travel at least 1,000 miles. “We encourage you to get a group of friends/co-workers to walk at lunch or sign up your family and ride your bikes at night or on the weekends,” said Koppe: “This event can be as casual as you want it to be–that is what makes the virtual event style so cool. It is on your time, at your pace.”
With June just around the corner, you still have plenty of time to get involved with the virtual Get Your Rear in Gear. Koppe would also like to thank the event’s sponsors, including UnityPoint Trinity Muscatine Hospital, Bayer, Kent Corporation, Dr. Prasad Nadkarni, Dr. Zayadin, Musco Lighting, Newcomb Warehouse, and Ascentra Credit Union for their support of this year’s event. “Without the help from our local businesses we would not be able to put on an amazing event that helps so many in our community,” she shared.