The Colossal Colon is an educational project by Molly McMaster, a young survivor of colon cancer (dx’ed at age 23). Molly explains:
The Colossal Colon is an oversized model of a human colon that is forty feet long and four feet tall. It was built by Adirondack Scenic, Inc. a company that builds Broadway sets and Universal Studio sets, among other things. Visitors who crawl through the Colossal Colon will see examples of many colon diseases, including Chrohn’s disease, diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, cancerous and non-cancerous polyps, and various stages of colon cancer. Actual colonoscopy footage was used to ensure that the Colossal Colon was as realistic as possible. Special thanks to Maggie Tierney with the Screen for Life program at the Glens Falls Hospital and Hannah Vogler, the cousin of Amanda, to whom the Colossal Colon is dedicated to.
My goal as a young colon cancer survivor and advocate has always been to raise awareness of the disease in younger people. The route I’ve always taken has been the craziest, most attention grabbing one I find. The sillier, the better. Colorectal cancer is a very serious disease, but no one wants to talk about it. Enter the Colossal Colon.
(hat tip: Sherwin S.)