Susie’s Legacy

Susie Lindquist Mjelde lost her battle with colon cancer in August 2002, at the age of 46. She left behind her husband and three children. Since then, with the encouragement and support of her family, Mercer Island Rotary has made colon cancer prevention the primary focus of our annual Half Marathon.


Susie believed we can all make a difference by raising awareness around colon cancer in a “live life” manner rather than just “talking about it over coffee.” Her family and friends, with the assistance of leading health organizations, helped form the Colon Cancer Coalition to honor Susie’s commitment to preventing others from sharing her fate. It was Susie who came up with the phrase “Get Your Rear in Gear,” which now includes running events around the nation that raise funds to support the Colon Cancer Coalition’s mission.

To learn more, visit Get Your Rear in Gear’s website.