The public - especially kids - are invited to crawl through a "Colossal Colon" interactive exhibit to learn more about colorectal cancer on Wednesday, April 10.
This health-education event, which is part of the national Colon Club's "Crawl the Colon" Tour, will be held from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Greene Technology Center, located at 1121 Hal Henard Road.
The event is being sponsored locally by Laughlin Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Program in partnership with the American Cancer Society and the Greene Technology Center's Health Sciences department.
Colorectal cancer can happen to anyone at any age, a news release from Laughlin Hospital says.
In fact, colorectal cancer is the second-leading cancer killer in the U.S.
"Almost 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and over 55,000 of them will die," the release says.
"As a combined effort to educate and save lives, Laughlin Memorial Hospital and The Colon Club are challenging everyone to "Crawl the Colon" learn their family history, and to get screened when it is right for them in order to prevent colorectal cancer," the release says.
Activities at the event will include the "Original" Colossal Colon®, an all-inclusive, interactive, 40-foot long, 4-foot tall, crawl-through replica of the human colon designed to educate persons about the various diseases of the colon.
The Colossal Colon® exhibit is free and open to the public and includes examples of healthy colon tissue, several non-cancerous diseases of the colon, polyps, and various stages of colorectal cancer as well as several educational stations.
For more information, go online to http://www.laughlinmemorial.org
The Colossal Colon® is the creation of Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed with the disease on her 23rd birthday.
With help and support from Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, N.Y., McMaster designed the Colossal Colon® and dedicated it to the memory of Amanda Sherwood Roberts, who lost her battle with colon cancer at age 27.
The Colossal Colon® was designed and built by Adirondack Scenic, Inc., a custom design and fabrication company.
For more information about the Colossal Colon®, visit crawlthecolon.com or call Laughlin Hospital's Cancer Care Program at 787-5000.