If you visited Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) on Saturday, you may have come upon a peculiar sight: people walking around in their boxers.
The festivities were part of TTUHSC El Paso’s first-ever Colorectal Cancer Awareness Boxer March, held in honor of national Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
“We thought this could be a fun way to build awareness about a disease that’s often not taken seriously,” said Navkiran Shokar, M.A., M.D., M.P.H., who specializes in cancer prevention and control in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. “In fact, El Paso has some of the lowest colon cancer screening rates in Texas — That needs to change.”
At the free public event, participants were invited to march in their boxer shorts through the TTUHSC El Paso campus. As part of the course, marchers strolled through a fun — and educational — giant inflatable colon. The event culminated in a contest and prize for the most creative boxers.
Local colorectal cancer survivors were also invited to share their stories in both English and Spanish. And health care organizations from across El Paso, including Centro San Vicente, the Hospitals of Providence and Centro De Salud Familiar La Fe, had booths set up to share information about colorectal cancer screening and prevention.
The Boxer March was organized by the Southwest Coalition for Colorectal Cancer (SuCCCeS). SuCCCeS is a collaboration led by TTUHSC El Paso, University Medical Center of El Paso, the City of El Paso Department of Public Health, Project Vida Health Center, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, the El Paso Veterans Affairs Health Care System, and other major health care providers in El Paso.