Selena Martinez ran the Santa Cruz Half Marathon on April 19th to raise awareness of Lynch syndrome, or hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (HNPCC), a genetic condition that greatly increases risk for colorectal and other cancers.
The Santa Cruz was the third of eight half marathons, Martinez plans to run to honor of eight members of her family diagnosed with Lynch syndrome cancers. Sunday’s race was for her sister Noemi Garza who survived colon and endometrial cancer.
Martinez’ website Detect the Mutation provides information about recognizing and testing for Lynch syndrome. She is also raising funds for the University of California at San Francisco’s Gastrointestinal Cancer Prevention Program, which offers screenings to those in need. Read the rest of this entry »