Giant Inflatable Colon Stolen From Hospital
Talk about a shitty day...
A hospital in Kansas City, Missouri had a 10-foot-long 150-pound inflatable colon, valued at $4,000, stolen from a parked pickup truck this week.
The Cancer Coalition, which owns the massive organ, hosts several events and fundraisers campaigning to "Help increase awareness and screening of colon cancer." Events include "Get Your Rear In Gear", the "Tour de Tush", and the "Caboose Cup". We like these guys.
The inflatable colon, which is used for various events, was on its way to a 5k that was supposed to start at 9am on Saturday at Swope Park. It never made it.
It may seem silly, but this thing is an important teaching tool. "Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer," said John Ashcraft, a surgical oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center. "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."
There's no word yet on where the stolen colon might be or who might've taken it. The Colon Cancer Coalition, fearing the worst, has already started fundraising to purchase a new colon for the hospital. If you feel so inclined, you can pitch in here.
If you've got any sneaky intel, give the Kansas City Police Department a call at 816-234-5111. Snitches may get stitches, but they'll also get a clean conscience. Yay cancer prevention!
Speaking of which, if you want to learn more about colon cancer, check out this page.
Look at us, protecting your butts. You're welcome.