The Colossal Colon will be in Lee’s Summit on Sat., Dec. 14, 2013 to celebrate a colon cancer survivor’s 30th birthday.
The Colossal Colon is a 40-foot long, 4-foot tall replica of the human colon designed to educate communities about digestive diseases and colon and rectal cancers. It has been featured on the Today Show, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and will be in an upcoming episode of A&E’s Shipping Wars.
The FREE public exhibit will be open from 2-5 p.m. at New Summit Church (1800 NE Independence Ave., Lee’s Summit). Donations will be accepted for the national nonprofit The Colon Club.
"I was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer while in high school and am fortunate to now be a survivor who’s involved in the colon cancer community," said Danielle Ripley-Burgess, survivor and Kansas City Metro resident. "For my 30th birthday I wanted to celebrate that I made it to age 30 and give back through a fun and creative way."
About The Colossal Colon
As the first of its kind, The Colossal Colon provides a jaw-dropping way for communities to see the dangers of colon cancer and understand the importance of screening and prevention. Visitors literally crawl through a life-size replica of the human colon and get up close and personal with common disorders of the gastrointestinal tract. The exhibit also includes educational stations and interactive kiosks that promote digestive health.
"The Colossal Colon has visited cities all across the U.S. and we are excited it’s coming to Kansas City for the first time," said Krista Waller, president of The Colon Club. "Not only is it a great way to educate the community, but it’s a great way to wish Danielle a happy birthday!"
Danielle Ripley-Burgess, from Lee’s Summit, Mo., was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 17 in 2001 and again 2005 at age 25. She has Lynch Syndrome, a genetic disease that puts her at a high risk for colorectal cancer, among others. Now cancer-free she works and volunteers for organizations committed to colorectal cancer awareness and policy. She serves on the board of directors of The Colon
Club (the group that manages The Colossal Colon) and works for the national nonprofit Fight Colorectal Cancer as the Director of Communications. To read her full story, visit her blog at www.SemiColonStories.com.
For more information about the Dec. 14 birthday party, please call Danielle at (816) 729-7760, email Danielle@SemiColonComm.com or find her on Twitter at @DanielleisB. Visit www.CrawlTheColon.com for more about The Colossal Colon and The Colon Club.