Giant Colon Tour
On February 14, 2017, The Giant Colon Tour visited the Jean-Coutu Pavilion at the Université de Montréal. This well attended event was held in the impressive Morris and Rosalind-Goodman atrium in partnership with students from the Department of Pharmacy. The goal of this activity was to raise awareness of colorectal cancer, discuss the benefits of screening and healthy lifestyles, and learn how to prevent the disease. With the theme “In the Heart of the Colon” in honor of St. Valentine’s Day, hundreds of students walked through the Giant Colon with great curiosity and enthusiasm. In addition, several staff members took a few minutes of their busy day to visit this impressive awareness exhibit. The students also organized a photo contest where the participants took a picture with The Giant Colon and published them on Facebook under #colongeantudem for a chance to win several prizes. The event was a real success and the CCAC is proud to have been a part of this event at this famous Montreal university.
Upcoming Giant Colon Tour Stops:
March 4th -5th: Giant Colon in the Yukon
March 16th-17th: Giant Colon Oshawa
March 24th-25th: Giant Colon Kahnawake
The Giant Colon Tour was the main attraction at the the 2016 Balanse Bum Run held in Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto on April 24th. Over 1,000 participants braved the cold weather and walked or ran 5 kilometres to promote colon cancer awareness and raise over $110,000 for various charities. The 40 foot long pink colon was up and running before the participants began to arrive at 7:30 AM. due in large part to CCAC super volunteers Ted Trueman and Jeannette Pane who were there at 5:00 AM to begin the process.
Dr. Ian Bookman and Tanya Pierunek are the driving forces behind this fantastic event and we are thankful for their outstanding efforts to promote colon cancer awareness and help the various charities raise funds for their causes.
We would like to thank all the participants who registered and received pledges on behalf of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. You raised over $20,000 to help us continue our awareness and patient support programs. Great Job!
We look forward to you joining us again next year.
Niagara Health System’s (NHS) Colorectal Screening Program, in partnership with Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, brought the Giant Colon Tour to the Pen Centre in St. Catharines Ontario as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s (CCAC) pink inflatable walk-through reproduction of the human colon is 40 feet long and eight feet high. The exhibit attracted over 2,300 visitors on Friday March 4th and Saturday March 5th, 2016.
The NHS partnered with The Giant Colon Tour, an educational exhibit part of the CCAC campaign that seeks to educate Canadians that this disease is preventable, treatable and beatable.
A team of registered nurses and health promotion specialists from Niagara Health System’s Endoscopy department were on hand to offer information about screening and prevention. Dr. Meghan Davis, CCO Regional Primary Care Lead and Dr. Pierre Major, the Chair of the CCAC’s Medical Advisory Board were also on hand to speak to the numerous visitors from the Niagara Region.
The message on prevention and screening reached thousands more in the region due to the extensive media coverage that was orchestrated by NHS Communications Specialist Steven Gallagher. Below are the links to some of the coverage:
A special thanks to Ruth Peters (NHS) and Andi Sinclair (Brock University), who were instrumental in bringing The Giant Colon Tour to the region for the second time since 2010.
Shoppers will have more than deals and merchandise to attract their attention at the Pen Centre on Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5.
They’ll also have a unique opportunity to walk through a giant colon to learn about colorectal cancer and other diseases of the colon.
Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, in partnership with Juravinski Cancer Centre in Hamilton, is bringing the Giant Colon Tour to the St. Catharines shopping mall as part of Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada’s (CCAC) pink inflatable walk-through reproduction of the human colon is 40 feet long and eight feet high.
The NHS has partnered with The Giant Colon Tour, an educational exhibit part of the CCAC campaign that seeks to educate Canadians that this disease is preventable, treatable and beatable.
A team of registered nurses and health promotion Specialists from Niagara Health System’s Endoscopy department will be on hand to offer information about screening, a simple process that helps to identify the risk for developing cancer.
The CCAC’s visiting professor Dr. Preventino – a puppet – will greet all visitors and guide them on their voyage through The Giant Colon. Visitors will view everything on a large scale, from Giant Hemorrhoids to Giant Polyps and much more.
While exploring The Giant Colon, Dr. Preventino will provide visitors with healthy lifestyle tips and explanations of the various diseases on interactive media screens.
Giant Colon Tour details:
Where: Pen Centre, St. Catharines
When: Friday, March 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 pm. and Saturday, March 5 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Why: To raise awareness about colorectal cancer and the importance of regular screening.
For more information about Niagara Health System’s Colorectal Screening Program, click here
A wide variety of health and safety exhibits, including The Giant Colon, provided a bevy of important information to area residents in Rama Ontario on Thursday September 24, 2015.
With a theme focused on “Community Learning for Healthy Living,” the Rama First Nation’s 30th annual health fair at the Rama MASK featured close to 70 exhibits designed to provide visitors with healthy lifestyle tips and information about various diseases. Over 450 people attended the fair.
There were also reflexology, massage therapy, blood-pressure checks and foot assessments exhibits along with mini-workshops, including yoga, CPR and use of traditional medicines.
A delicious and healthy hot buffet lunch was served to all in attendance.
Thanks to all the organizers and fundraisers who made this event possible.
The Giant Colon Tour greeted over 1,300 health and safety professionals at the Partners in Prevention 2015 Health and Safety Conference and Trade Show at the International Centre in Mississauga.
It is Canada’s health and safety industry’s largest and longest running conference and trade show, where over 4,000 health and safety professionals connected to do business.
The Giant Colon Tour made an appearance at Allan Gardens in Downtown Toronto as part of the 10 day World Pride festivities. Personnel from the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program and the Canadian Cancer Society joined the CCAC team to greet and inform Ontario residents, as well as visitors from all over the world, on colorectal cancer screening.
Special thanks to Laura McDonald of the Toronto Central Regional Cancer Program and Dr. Ed Kucharski, primary care lead for the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, Cancer Care Ontario, for being the driving force behind this most successful public awareness event.
Jaime Martino, Director of Operations for Pride Toronto was instrumental in providing this fantastic venue to showcase the CCAC’s magnificent interactive 40 foot Giant Colon. Jessica and all the on-site crew were very supportive and helped make the day pleasant for everyone involved.
We are grateful to Bariatrix Nutrition for being so generous in providing additional funding for this very special colorectal cancer awareness event.
The Giant Colon Tour visited the beautiful University of British Columbia’s campus for the second time this year. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada’s (CCFC) Vancouver Chapter held their annual “Gutsy Walk” June 9th, 2013 at Thunderbird Park and the Giant Colon was the main attraction for their health conscious supporters. Located at the “Start/Finish” line, over 350 participants walked through our large pink colon during the event.
The Giant Colon Tour stopped in Quebec City for three days from May 9 -11 as part of the Salon Vancances Évasion in Les Galeries de la Capitale. Over 6,500 people passed through our fabulous interactive 40 ft. long colon.
Many thanks to our great volunteers Jeannette Pane and Jacynthe Boudreault who joined staffers Dave Black and Frank Pitman to help spread colorectal cancer awareness.
The Giant Colon Tour is an innovative educational initiative that gets people talking about colorectal cancer and encourages screening and prevention of a disease that is curable in 90% of cases that are diagnosed early. However, to keep this 8 ft high, 40 ft long, inflatable “walk through” replica of the human colon on the move we need your help. In order to be able to continue to raise cancer awareness across Canadian cities this Fall and Winter, we need to achieve a minimum total donation goal of $4000 in one month. This will allow us to be an official charitable organization on the Global Giving web site and give us the possibility to reach our goal of $75,000. Please help us to spread the word!