STATEMENT REGARDING THE COLON CANCER CHALLENGE AND COVID-19
QUESTIONS REGARDING REFUNDS AND TRANSFERS
Last updated March 18, 2020
To all our friends and supporters,
As an organization, the health and safety of our community members, event participants, volunteers, donors and staff is our foremost concern and we hope that you and your family are healthy and unaffected by the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
We are so grateful for your interest in participating in the 17th Annual Colon Cancer Challenge, previously scheduled for March 29th. We are so disappointed that we will not be able to host this event as planned. While this ever evolving situation requires us to adapt, it also gives us the opportunity to innovate.
While registration for the event is closed, we still invite you to raise funds – the website will remain open through the end of the year. We are also exploring technology that will allow us to offer you, your friends and family a virtual option to keep our 17 year old signature event – the Colon Cancer Challenge – and our critical work in the fight against colorectal cancer alive.
COVID-19 does not lessen or change the needs of our community – over 1,000 people will lose their lives to colorectal cancer this week alone. Now, more than ever, people with colorectal cancer and their families need us, and we need your help to achieve our fundraising goals in order to remain laser-focused on our mission – A World Without Colorectal Cancer™.
Although we have the usual disclaimer in our registration materials that registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, we want to offer each Colon Cancer Challenge registrant the following choices:
- A chance to defer this year’s registration fee until the next in person Colon Cancer Challenge (date TBD). Please email us by Midnight, Sunday, March 22nd and let us know if you would like a 100% discount code to be used to register in the future; or
- Allow the Colon Cancer Foundation to keep your registration fee as a donation to continue our fight against the nation’s second leading cancer killer – colorectal cancer.
Whatever you decide, we will be sending out your 2020 Colon Cancer Challenge t-shirt (you’re going to love the year’s design!) in the next few days and we hope you will join us on March 29th at 9:15 am for the virtual Colon Cancer Challenge Opening Ceremony More details to come!
Our hearts are with you and with those families affected by COVID-19 around the world. Thank you for your understanding and support as we continue to keep everyone’s safety and health at the forefront of our work.
Last updated March 11, 2020
The Colon Cancer Foundation is closely monitoring the continuing developments pertaining to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Our concern for the health, safety and security of our community and Colon Cancer Challenge attendees remains at the core of our mission and is our top priority.
We are carefully evaluating currently available information, and thoroughly considering all of the factors essential to conducting the walk/run including all travel restrictions issued by the U.S. Government, as well as information and guidance from the Randall’s Island Park Alliance, the NYC Parks Department, the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH), and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The leadership and staff of Icahn Stadium and Randall’s Island Park Alliance assure us they are following all prevention protocols as outlined by the New York City Department of Health including taking extra effort with daily cleaning practices of Ichan Stadium facilities.
Please revisit this site to track the status of the walk/run; we will monitor the COVID-19 situation as is develops, and make decisions on the basis of safety concerns as further updates warrant.
We encourage those in our community who are at a higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19 to take actions to reduce your risk of getting sick with the disease. For more information please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html
For those of you who are unable to join us due to travel/meeting restrictions we recommend you turn this into an opportunity to engage your community in a “virtual” walk/run in your neighborhood or community park.
Colorectal Cancer doesn’t stop for anyone – not even COVID-19. Your support is still critical to the success of the Foundation in fighting the nation’s second deadliest form of cancer.
Thank you in advance for your patience as we negotiate our way through the coming weeks.
If you have questions you can contact the Colon Cancer Foundation by email at email@example.com or by phone at 914-305-6674.