Blue Ribbon Run 2023

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Mad Mole Brewing Co.
6309 Boathouse Rd.
Wilmington, NC 28403


Date: March 24, 2023
Hours: 4:00-6:00 PM

*Hydrangea pick-up same time and location.

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Celebrating 12 Years
Racing For The Cure

The Blue Ribbon Run

The Blue Ribbon Run is an annual fund-raising activity held in Wilmington, North Carolina, to assist local families affected by colorectal cancer and to raise awareness of a cure.

Unique in its afternoon start time, The Blue Ribbon Run is a 5k and 1-mile fun run, with an after-race reception at Dockside restaurant. The reception features music by the local band Lunar Tide and includes beautiful views of the Intracoastal Waterway and a celebration of life and hope for a cure.

The Dockside After party
Our Sponsors

Julie & Christina

Their Legacy

The Blue Ribbon Run began as a way to honor and remember the lives of Julie M. Brown and Christina Gianoplus by raising money and awareness and establishing an endowment in their names at the UNC-Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. Julie and Christina both lost their battles with colorectal cancer at the young age of 41.

The run continues today, partnering with sponsors and donors to help those in our community battling colorectal cancer.

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The story of Andy Estal

Andy’s Army was the largest team in the history of the Blue Ribbon Run.

Raising Awareness

The Blue Ribbon Run Endowment

Every year, colorectal cancer will be diagnosed in nearly 100,000 Americans and more than half of those will die. Among men and women, it is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. Early detection can save lives.

Statistics tell us 60% of colorectal cancer deaths can be prevented with screening.

There are many stories and memories of those who fought bravely. Blue Ribbon Run participants honor the memory of those lost to the disease by helping to raise awareness and money for the Julie M. Brown and Christina Gianoplus Foundation.

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Presenting Sponsor

Wilmington Gastroenterology Associates specializes in colon cancer screening and diagnosis and treatment of digestive disease, providing unparalleled service and quality in gastrointestinal (GI) care in a convenient, comfortable setting. We welcome patients from Wilmington and all of New Hanover County as well as Brunswick, Columbus, Onslow, Pender and other surrounding communities.

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