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Coco the "Colossal Colon" Comes to Evansville!

Evansville Cancer Center - Vantage Oncology and Ohio Valley Colon & Rectal Surgeons Host "Combat Cancer with Coco the Colossal Colon," March 7-11th. Mayor Jonathan Winzapfel to Sign Proclamation Declaring Colorectal Cancer Awareness Week in Evansville.

It stands 4 feet tall and is 40 feet long. It has rubbed shoulders with CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric, educated thousands across America, and is personally inviting you to crawl through its hallowed halls to learn more about colorectal cancer. Coco the “Colossal Colon,” is teaming up with Evansville Cancer Center – Vantage Oncology and Ohio Valley Colon & Rectal Surgeons to educate Evansville residents about colorectal cancer at the “Combat Cancer with Coco the Colossal Colon.” The unique five-day event will be held March 7th through March 11th at Washington Square Mall. Highlighting the event will be Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel presenting a proclamation that declares “Colon Cancer Awareness Week in Evansville” at a press conference to be held on Friday, March 9th.

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.

Open to the public, the event will provide 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 will be escorted by cancer survivors and local volunteers through the Colossal Colon and will have an opportunity to view an actual colorectal cancer through a microscope. In addition, the event will display the results of the schools’ coloring contest as well as the Eli Lilly Art Exhibit, which features artwork from cancer survivors.

Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel –Available on Friday
Dr. Jon Frazier, Evansville Cancer Center – Available on Saturday
Dr. Rick Ballou, Evansville Cancer Center – Available on Saturday
Dr. James Waller, Ohio Valley Colon & Rectal Surgeons
Local Students (K-8) – Available Wednesday-Friday


  • Wednesday, March 7- Sunday, March 11, 2007
  • Wednesday, March 7th: K-8th Schools visit Coco: 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8th: K-8th Schools visit Coco:8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9th: K-8th Schools visit Coco: 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
    *Press Conference with Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel: Presenting Proclamation for Evansville Colon Cancer Awareness Week: 11:30 a.m. – Noon*
  • Friday, March 9th: Survivors’ Luncheon: Open to colorectal survivors and guests
  • Saturday, March 10th: Health Fair for Community: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 11th: Public Invited

Washington Square Mall
1138 Washington Square
Evansville, IN 47715

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer found in men and women in this country. The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be about 112,340 new cases of colon cancer and 41,420 new cases of rectal cancer in 2007 in the United States. Combined, they will cause about 52,180 deaths. While the numbers are alarming, Dr. Frazier reminds patients that early detection can significantly improve treatment outcomes for those diagnosed. Dr. Frazier adds, “We continue to make tremendous strides in the detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. However, these advancements are for not if we can’t convince men and women to visit their doctor to receive a colonoscopy every 3-5 years beginning at age 50 or earlier if there’s a family history.

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