Colossal Colon® Visits Zappos.com Rock & Roll LV Marathon
(November 30, 2011; Henderson, Nev.) – St. Rose Dominican Hospitals will host a wacky, educational exhibit that may save your life when the Colossal Colon® comes to Las Vegas during the Zappos.com Rock & Roll Las Vegas Marathon on Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 10 p.m.
Gain a new perspective on colorectal cancer, Crohn’s Disease, colitis and the importance of early detection by crawling through this wacky, winding 40-foot-long, 4-foot-tall replica of the human colon. Bring the kids and cheer on the runners at the Zappos.com Rock & Roll Las Vegas Marathon benefiting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
The Colossal Colon® exhibit is free and open to the public.
Date: Sunday, December 4, 2-10 p.m.
Location: By the orange Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Team Challenge tent near the finish line, on the southeast side of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Hotel parking lot.
“Coco,” as the Colossal Colon® is affectionately known, is the creation of Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed on her 23rd birthday. The Colossal Colon® is a project of The Colon Club and is dedicated to the memory of Molly’s friend, Amanda Sherwood Roberts, who lost her battle with colon cancer at age 27. Coco was unveiled on the “Today” show in 2002 and has traveled to more than 100 cities around the United States and Canada.
Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Almost 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and over 55,000 of them will die. In Nevada alone, an estimated 1,080 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year and 540 will lose their lives to the disease. But colorectal cancer is also one of the most preventable cancers – over 90 percent of all cases could be prevented through proper screening methods.
For more information on the event, the public can visit Team Challenge at www.ccteamchallenge.org.