Celebration plans are in the making to welcome home the inflatable stolen colon. Just ten days after it was snatched out of a pick-up bed in Brookside, the inflatable colon has been found! Officer William Richter with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department said he received a tip that the colon was spotted in the 7100 block of Virginia Street. Officers are processing the stolen colon for evidence before returning it to The University of Kansas Cancer Center for storage. The inflatable colon is owned by the Colon Cancer Coalition which hosts walk/run events under a campaign called “Get Your Rear in Gear ”. The inflatable, valued at over $4,000, is used to educate the public about the dangers of colon cancer .
Word of the stolen colon spread around the globe. Local media and radio stations dedicated coverage to the stolen colon which alerted the public and sparked many responses from celebrities including Katie Couric. Donations were made by the general public, Quest Diagnostics Health & Wellness, based in Lenexa, Kan., and employees of Salix Pharmaceuticals, which specializes in gastrointestinal medications, to purchase replacement inflatable colons for the Colon Cancer Coalition. The American College of Gastroenterology put a $1,000 reward to help find the stolen colon.
“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer,” John Ashcraft, DO, surgical oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center said. “Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150 pound, ten foot long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.”
“One in 20 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer,” Stacie Moody, local Get Your Rear in Gear director said. “Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. and 60 percent of colorectal cancer deaths could be prevented with colonoscopy screening. Now we have three inflatable colons to help teach about the dangers of colon cancer and benefits of colon screenings.” If you’re interested in requesting an appearance by the colon or would like education information on colon cancer please contact The University of Kansas Cancer Center at 913-588-1227.
NOTE: Plans are in the making to invite media to see the recovered colon tomorrow early afternoon (Tuesday, October 30) in the atrium at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. A media advisory with details will go out in the morning.
(Media are free to use the video of the colon below shown here. Please courtesy: #benchtobedside … a cancer center original online education/information program hosted by Roy Jensen, MD and director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center.)