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Combat Cancer with Coco the Colossal Colon

Coco the "Colossal Colon" teamed up with Evansville Cancer Center – Vantage Oncology and Ohio Valley Colon & Rectal Surgeons to educate Evansville residents about colorectal cancer at "Combat Cancer with Coco the Colossal Colon."

The unique five-day event was held March 7th through March 11th at Washington Square Mall. Highlighting the event was Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel presenting a proclamation that declared "Colon Cancer Awareness Week in Evansville" at a press conference.

Coco is a crawl-through replica of the human colon that was created by Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed on her 23rd birthday, with help and support from Glens Falls Hospital in New York. The Colossal Colon is dedicated to the memory of Molly’s friend Amanda Sherwood Roberts who lost her battle with the disease at age 27. It was designed to educate the public about colorectal cancer with examples of healthy colon tissue, non-cancerous diseases, polyps and the various stages of colorectal cancer.

The event provided local students (K-8) and community members important information about early detection and why annual screenings are crucial in the fight against colon cancer. Local students were escorted by cancer survivors and local volunteers through the Colossal Colon and had an opportunity to view an actual colorectal cancer through a microscope. In addition, the event displayed the results of the schools’ coloring contest as well as the Eli Lilly Art Exhibit, which featured artwork from cancer survivors.

14WFIE's weatherman Jeff Lyons broadcasted live from Coco.

Several field trips with area schools were arranged to tour Coco.

Coco was enjoyed by all - young and old!

Coco the Colossal Colon, ready for fun!

Santiago Arruffat, MD, Hannah Vogler of the Colon Club, Jon Frazier, MD, Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel, James D. Waller, MD, Syam Chilukuri, MD and Deane Smith, MD

Gene Watson of the American Cancer Society & Jon Frazier, MD of the Evansville Cancer Center look on as Olympus demonstrates the latest scoping technology.

Colorectal Cancer Survivors were honored at a special luncheon on March 9th.

Susie's Cause was on hand, allowing people to "perform" their own colonoscopy.

Students viewed slides showing the progression of colorectal cancer.

This station educated visitors about healthy eating and the importance of fiber

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