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Halifax, NS - April 29 to May 1, 2011

Held at Exhibition Park as part of the Saltscapes East Coast Expo event, this was our first visit to the province of Nova Scotia. Taking part in the Blue Ribbon cutting ceremony was our President, Barry Stein, along with Maureen Summers, CEO of Canadian Cancer Society-Nova Scotia; Bill Bean, CEO of the QEII Foundation; Cindy Pettipas and Dr. Jonathan from the Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute and Sandie Currie, Show Manager for Saltscapes. A big thanks to the QEII Foundation’s Steve Jennex for his tremendous effort in bringing all the partners together in order to make our first visit such an overwhelming success. Not to be forgotten was the wonderfully supportive work by the countless volunteers who gave of their time in order to make our appearance a success. And lastly, a big thank you to Jim and Linda Gourlay, owners of Saltscape who made themselves available throughout the whole event so as to ensure a smooth operation.

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Brandon, MB - March 28 to April 2, 2011

Held at the Keystone Centre as a feature of the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair. Once again we were assisted by the local Kick Butt team as well as several members of CancerCare, Manitoba and the Canadian Cancer Society. A special note of thanks to Joan Madrigga, a real cancer warrior and our iron lady, who worked tirelessly, non-stop, throughout the whole event. Over 13,000 individuals passed through the Colon which certainly made for a successful event.

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Toronto, ON - March 26, 2011

Held at the Ricoh Coliseum, Exhibition Place, as part of the Toronto Marlie “Get Your Butt in the Seat for Colorectal Cancer” weekend hockey event. Our Giant Colon was set up in “Marlies Alley” for the spectators to pass through before and after the game. Highlight of the afternoon was when our Exhibits Manager, Ron Basdeo and Adrien Mitchell, National Director of Exhibits, was asked to drop the ceremonial puck along with young George Zoga, a young Toronto student who was involved in giving a presentation on Colorectal Cancer as part of his academic program. A special thanks goes out to Medical Futures Inc. for their presence and support as well as to Connor Duncan of Maple Leaf Sports who was instrumental in putting this event together. Encouraging for the CCAC is that this will become an annual event with the Marlies hockey team.

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Montreal, QC - March 23 - 24, 2011

Held once again at Complex Desjardins in Montreal as part of the CHUM Colorectal Cancer Awareness event. This appearance was part of a great weekend focusing on Colorectal Cancer by CCAC and the Centre Hospitalier de Montreal. MC for the overall CHUM event was Lorraine Cordeau, wife of the late George Thurston who was the creator of several of our promotional jingles. A special thank you goes out to the organizers of the CHUM event who so graciously invited us to be part of their presentation.

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Vancouver, BC - November 27 - 28, 2010

Vancouver Zoomers held at the Vancouver Convention Centre which was the first time Zoomers appeared outside of Toronto. Our Giant Colon visit to Vancouver was a first for the city and close to 3000 visitors graced the GC display. We are certainly indebted to Zoomers for providing the space for our display on their inaugural visit to Vancouver.

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Steinbach, MB - November 19 - 20, 2010

Held at the Clearspring Centre amidst a fierce winter storm that actually interfered with Friday’s Giant Colon activity. The storm actually prevented some of the volunteers getting to Steinbach from Winnipeg as the highway from there was virtually impassable for awhile, however, one individual, Monica Achtemichuk of CancerCare Manitoba, managed to struggle through the storm and arrive to assist us on Friday. Coming over on Saturday from Winnipeg were several members of the Kick Butt team, including Betty Hutton, wife of recently deceased Don Hutton who was a phenomenal supporter of CCAC, Dave Parker, Sid Chapnick, David and Shirley Nash and Karen Insley. Also checking in constantly via e-mails from Arizon was Andy Arnot. This second appearance in Manitoba was a particularly poignant event for Betty and other team members that were associated with Don as it allowed for reminiscing, old times and closure around Don’s ultimate goal of seeing the GC in Winnipeg which he so unfortunately missed due to his sudden passing. A special thanks to Canadian Cancer Society, MB volunteers who so graciously gave of their time to make this event a success with close to 1000 visitors passing through.

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Toronto, ON - November 8 - 9, 2010

Ontario Health Achieve held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. A first time attendance at the OHA event for the GC, one of over 150 exhibitors at the event. Our Giant Colon was one of the feature attractions with in excess of 2300 visitors passing through. A special thanks goes out to Isabella Wai – Director of Convention Exhibits who provided space for our exhibit and assisted with the co-ordination. Also, once again, much appreciation to Belinda Tham, RN, BSc, who provided us with her professional experience in gastroenterology.

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Toronto, ON - October 30 - 31, 2010

Toronto Zoomers Show held at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place. Our Giant Colon was part of a spirited Halloween weekend with in excess of 20,000 visitors taking in the Toronto Zoomers Show. The GC saw over 3600 visitors pass through with our own Adrien, assisted by Filomena Servidio-Italianio, our own Educational/Clinical Specialist and Frank Pitman, CCAC’s Volunteer Coordinator. In addition, our GC staff gave a live interview on Zoomer’s AM740. The Colorectal Cancer Association extends their appreciation to Zoomers who generously provided us with the event space due to our previous success. A special thanks goes out to David Sersta, VP of Business Affairs – Zoomers, who helped co-ordinate the event, and Belinda Tham, RN, BSc – Gastroenterology nurse who so graciously gave of her time for this event.

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Garden River, ON - October 15, 2010

Held in the Garden River Community Centre, a small native community east of Sault Ste. Marie. This Giant Colon event saw over 400 attendees take over the Garden River Community Centre. The GC appearance, which saw the entire Garden River elementary and high school population in attendance, was the 3rd stop in our Aboriginal Tour. Adding to this special day was the North Shore Tribal Council on Diabetes. A special thanks to the Garden River Health Centre RN’s who so graciously volunteered their time, and most of all to the Garden River Health Centre and CancerCare Ontario who so graciously sponsored this event.

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Vancouver, BC - October 14 - 16, 2010

Held at the magnificent Vancouver Convention Centre in downtown Vancouver. This high exposure event saw over 2800 physicians in attendance – 30% from the BC area and the balance from the rest of Canada & North America. With an introductory message sent from the Prime Minister and the backdrop of the giant Olympic torch, along with its sheer size, it made for a memorable event. Topping off our GC visit, the Giant Colon exhibit was awarded the “Best In Innovation” award which was one of three awards presented for this event. This award obviously recognizes the effectiveness and importance of our Giant Colon in educating society.

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Edmonton, AB - September 30 - October 2, 2010

Held at Shaw Conference Centre as part of the Canadian Society of Gastroenterology Nurses & Associates (CSGNA) conference. After a whirlwind turnaround from the Moncton “ Boomers Revolution” show, the Giant Colon headed to Edmonton to be a big part of the CSGNA-2010 conference held in the Shaw Conference Centre. This year’s 26th conference, normally held bi-annually in Ontario, was a huge success with the GC coming off as the highlight of the conference. Despite the event not being open to the general public, it was a very dynamic and fast paced event, with our Giant Colon exhibit being described by CSGNA’s principal planner as “a great addition to the event.” Also, it was great to reconnect with all the Gastro Enterologists and GI nurses, including Kathy Hume, Niagara Health System and Bruce Good, VP of RX&D, who was in Calgary and dropped in. Visiting to each of the booths was based on scheduled program events and included a contest that saw the winner awarded with a free entry to next year’s event. Close to 800 nurses and associates ventured through the colon and walked away quite impressed with our presentation.

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Moncton, NB - September 25 - 26, 2010

Held in Moncton as part of the Moncton Boomers Revolution — Moncton Coliseum. In what has to be a record for “firsts,” The first Giant Colon exhibit ever appearing on the east coast, rolled into the Moncton Coliseum to be part of the first ever Boomers Revolution trade show held in the Maritime provinces. Competing against another first, the first ever Canadian Football League regular season game, “Touchdown Atlantic,” our Giant Colon made for some interesting comments and observations. While the competition was tough going against a well attended football game and hype, we held our own and saw over 1000 visitors during the show. Congratulations are in order to Nancy Blanchard, manager for the Boomers Revolution, who provided us with great support as well as Ken and Judy, from Legault Companies. Also in attendance to highlight the weekend was Mark Cohen, commissioner of the CFL.

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Winnipeg, MB - September 2 - 5, 2010

Held at Garden City Shopping Centre, The Giant Colon made its much-anticipated stop in Manitoba in celebration of the upcoming Kick Butt for Colorectal Cancer (Fun 3k/5k Walk & Run). Guest speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony included Barry Stein, Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, Jean Sander from ColonCheck Manitoba (CancerCare Manitoba), Gord Steeves (Deputy Mayor of Winnipeg) and Linda Venus (Canadian Cancer Society). The opening ceremony was emceed by Sid Chapnick, a dedicated CCAC Cancer Coach and Chairperson of Kick Butt for Colorectal Cancer. An astounding 7,500 people came to see us!

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Christian Island, ON - August 5, 2010

Held at Beausoleil First Nation on Christian Island. The Beausoleil Family Health Fair hosted by the Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle was held in conjunction with the CCAC, the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program and Cancer Care Ontario. The event, including 30 other tabletop displays surrounding our Giant Colon, was widely attended. This was stop #2 on our Aboriginal Initiative, and the event was opened by Chief Roland Monague and Elder Leon King, with over 675 visitors attending. Also present for this event was Provincial Lead of Aboriginal Cancer Care Ontario, Ms. Alethea Kewayosh.

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Manitoulin Island, ON - July 17, 2010

Held at Wikwemikong in the Wasse-Abin Pontiac School on Manitoulin Island. Partnered with various island reserves. This event was the first of what we hope to be many stops in First Nations Communities. We would like to extend a special thanks for Chief Hazel Fox, Mary Joe Wabano (Health Director), Rose Shawanda (RPN) and Michelle Taukei (Canadian Cancer Society). Over 1,200 visitors passed through, including hundreds of students with their teachers, asking numerous questions about the Giant Colon. Another first for the Giant Colon was a presentation to the elders in their native tongue (Ojibway). A special thanks to Phyllis George (Personnel Administrator for the Wikwemikong Health Centre), who facilitated this unique part of the tour.

Salon Des Générations - May 21-23, 2010 - Quebec City

Held at Le Salon des Générations. Partnered with Les Promotions Mieux-Vivre Inc. Fourth and last of the Generations series, it coincided with Fiesta Cubana and and provided for a wide range of visitors, including Mr. Andre Guillmette and family. Notably, this was the first partnership with Opmedic, a private clinic, which is a trend we would like to see continue. It is also the perfect opportunity to include target demographics and avail them of the opportunity for awareness and education.

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Kincardine, Ontario - May 19, 2010

Held at the Bruce Power Generating Station. Despite the gigantic display of machinery and security, the Giant Colon display was the highlight of the annual Health Fair. A private event, held for the employees of Nuclear Power, the Giant Colon left many individuals in awe and asking many questions. A special thanks goes to Catherine Williams-Section Manager, Employee Wellness; Power Workers Union, Ontario Power Generation; Society of Energy Professionals; Sue Goets-Health Services; David Trumble-Chief Steward, Power Workers Union –sections 1 and 2.

Oshawa, Ontario - May 11-12, 2010

Held in the Ministry of Finance Building. This was a private employee event for all Ministry of Finance and Revenue employees. A special thanks to Michelle Bonnesso-Facilities Communication Coordinator, Ministry of Finance; Sharon Li-Manager, Strategic & Corporate Services, Ministry of Revenue; John Anderson-Assistant Deputy Minister, Compliance Programs Division, Ministry of Revenue and President of Federated Health System.

Toronto, Ontario - May 8, 2010

Held in the MARS Centre, this event, in conjunction with the University Health Network and Medical Research Sciences (MARS). Despite lousy weather affecting our turnout, hundreds of individuals turned out to meet numerous researchers, passing through the UHN and the Ont. Institute of Cancer Research labs and taking in our Giant Colon display.

Mississauga, Ontario - May 6-8, 2010

Held at the International Centre, this 8th annual Primary Care Today event saw over 2300 physicians from all across Canada descend upon the centre to share their views. The conference was organized by Diversified Business Communications and was the first ever event in 8 years that exhibition space was sold out using the Giant Colon as a drawing feature. We would like to extend our appreciation to our partners Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, Diversified Business Solutions and the International Centre.

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Montreal, Quebec - May 1-2, 2010

Held at the Palais de Congres, this “Salon des Baby Boomers Plus” was the 4th annual salon geared towards goods and services for individuals 45 and over. A special thanks goes to Sheldon Kagan International and Palais de Congres for hosting this event which saw in excess of 2500 eager visitors pass through the Giant Colon; many becoming aware for the first time, of the history, potential and ramification of colorectal cancer. In the Entertainment Room, adjacent to our display, the popular music group “Day Tripper,” who relive the Beatles experience through their music, Pierre Perpall, and Nancy Martinez were in attendance and this contributed to a wide variety of visitors who passed through the Giant Colon.

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Toronto, Ontario - April 26, 2010

Held at the Sunnybrook Odette Cancer Centre. This event was spearheaded by Malaika Kaunda-Administrative Assistant, Odette Cancer Centre, who spent countless hours from September, 2000 to mid February organizing this event securing numerous partners such as Amgen, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, Canadian Cancer Society and Public Health Home Care. This event was attended primarily by Sunnybrook employees.

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Sherbrooke, Quebec - April 16-18, 2010

Held at Le Salon des Generations. Partnered with Les Promotions Mieux-Vivre Inc. This was the third visit in the GC Generations series and Stanley Cup fever was in the air. Quebec television celebrity, Louis Paul Allard made an appearance in addition to the group “Tulouse” who so graciously support us. In excess of 3000 individuals helped make this stop a great success.

Pembroke, Ontario - March 26-27, 2010

Held at the Pembroke Mall. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. MC for this stop was Theresa Mann, RN – Public Health Nurse, Renfrew County and District Health Unit. Among the speakers were John Yakabuski – MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke; Dr. Lee Donohue – Primary Care Lead, Champlain Regional Cancer Program; Dr. Scott Graham — General Surgeon-Pembroke Regional Hospital, and colorectal cancer survivor; Kathy Kennedy – Unit Manager, Canadian Cancer Society, Renfrew County Unit, and Ed Jacyno-Mayor of Pembroke. Pembroke marked the end of our MOH tour. It provided an opportunity to reunite Ottawa Regional Hospital Volunteers and staff. Special thanks to Joan Robertson who was the Regional Administrative Lead for this appearance; Suzie Joanisse – Regional Co-ordinator, Ontario Breast Screening Program, Ottawa Regional Hospital Regional Cancer Centre. We would like to thank all of our partners, volunteers, staff and transport who helped plan and execute this tour.

Peterborough, Ontario - March 23-24, 2010

Held at Lansdowne Place. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Host for this stop was Kim Mundy and attendees included Dr. Sheila-Mae Young – Regional Primary Care Lead, Central East Regional Cancer Program; Dr. Peter Dixon – VP of Cancer Service at Lakeridge Health, VP of Central East Regional Cancer Program; Dr. Ophira Ginsburg – Clinical Lead, Cancer Prevention & Screening, Central East Regional Cancer Program; Ken Tremblay – President & CEO of Peterborough Regional Health Centre; Clyde Johnston – colorectal cancer survivor.

Montreal, Quebec - March 19-21, 2010

Held at Olympic Stadium. Partnered with Le Salon des Générations and Les Promotions Mieux-Vivre Inc. Stop #2 of the Generation des Salons appearances. This was the first ever appearance of Giant Colon at the Olympic Stadium and second in Montreal. The group “Toulouse” performed each day which greatly assisted in the sale of their CD with the profits graciously donated to CCAC. Attending this event was Marguerite Blais — Liberal MNA for St. Henri-Saint Anne and newly appointed Minister Responsible for Seniors and Montreal Police Chief, Yvon Delorme.

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Toronto, Ontario - March 17-18, 2010

Held at the Dufferin Mall. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. This was the official closing of our 13 city tour; however, several additional cities were later added. MC for this widely attended event was Dr. Sandy Buckman, MD, CCFP, FCFP; Assistant Professor – Dept. of Family & Community Medicine, University of Toronto; Regional Primary Care Lead – Cancer Care Ontario for the Toronto Regional Cancer Care Program. Also attending were Terrance Sullivan – President & CEO of Cancer Care Ontario; Barry Stein – President and CEO of CCAC; Dr. Linda Rabeneck – Regional VP, Toronto Central Regional Cancer Care Program and Medical director of Colon CancerCheck.

A special thanks to Laura McDonald – Regional Lead, Colon CancerCheck, Toronto Central-LHIN, who graciously hosted this event and various media outlets, including CBC, CTV, Global etc. for their fantastic local and national coverage.

Thunder Bay, Ontario - February 28-March 1, 2010

Held at the Intercity Shopping Centre. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Host and MC for this visit was Alison McMullen – Director, Preventative Oncology, Regional Cancer Care-Thunder Bay Regional Sciences Centre. Speakers who contributed to this successful visit included: Ken Bittle – Chairman of the Board, Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, and Dennis Caron, a colorectal cancer survivor who so graciously related his experience. A special thanks to Social Marketing Intern – Jonathan Hernandez for his tenacity, determination and exuberance in ensuring our visit was a success. Our visit also included a memorable visit to the Terry Fox monument which is a tribute to another individual who exhibited great courage in his struggle with cancer.

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Sudbury, Ontario - February 24-25, 2010

Held at the New Sudbury Centre. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. MC for this visit was Maureen McMillan, and speakers included Dr. Amanda Hey – Regional Primary Care Lead-Preventative Oncology and Screening Division; Sandra Laclé – Director, Health Promotion Division, Sudbury and district Health Unit; Genevieve Gibbons – Co-ordinator of Lay Health Education “Screening Saves Lives” Project, Canadian Cancer Society—Sudbury and District; Claude Berthiaume – Deputy Mayor and Counselor, Ward 3, for the City of Sudbury, and also a colorectal cancer survivor who took the time to relate his journey with this dreaded disease.

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Gatineau, Quebec - February 19-21, 2010

Held at Hilton Lac Leamy. Partnered with Hilton Lac Leamy Casino Resort and Les Promotions Mieux-Vivre Inc. First of a 4-stop tour of the Salon des Generations. We were assisted by Past CCAC chairman, Alain Gourd and CCAC Board of Director, Gary Sears. A special thanks goes out to Mr. Andre Guillemette, organizer of the Salon des Generations, who so graciously donated space to accommodate our Giant Colon.

Waterloo, Ontario - February 6-7, 2010

Held at the Waterloo Town Square. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. This visit saw us hosted by Laurie Temple with Dr. Craig McFadyn-Regional VP, Cancer Care Ontario, VP of Cancer Services – Grand River Hospital, Director of Surgical Oncology for Waterloo-Wellington acting as our MC. Speakers included: Mrs. Elizabeth Witmer – MPP for Kitchener/Waterloo; Stephen Woodworth – MP for Kitchener Centre; Ken Seiling – Regional Chair, Municipality of Waterloo; Carl Zehr – Mayor of Kitchener; and Peter Ivatts – cancer survivor.

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Kingston, Ontario - February 3-4, 2010

Held at the Cataraqui Town Centre. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Our visit to Kingston was hosted by Donna Forester with Julia Niblett acting as MC. Guests and speakers included: The Honourable Peter Milliken – Speaker of the House of Commons and MP for Kingston and the Islands; Brenda Carter – VP, Regional Cancer Program; Betty Ball - Chairperson of the Kingston Colorectal Cancer Support Group; Mary Hobbs – Regional Director, Eastern Ontario Canadian Cancer Society; Cheryl Bird – Unit Mgr., Canadian Cancer Society as well as Sarah Meers, Deputy Mayor of Kingston.

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Brampton, Ontario - January 31, February 2-3, 2010

Held at the Bramalea City Centre. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Host and MC for this stop on our tour was Mark Gaskin – Project Lead, Peel Regional Cancer Centre. Noted guests and speakers included Dr. Sheldon Fine – Regional Vice President of Peel Regional Cancer Program, member of the CCAC Medical Advisory Board, and a founding member of CCAC; Dr. Praveen Bansal - Primary Care Lead, Peel Regional Cancer Program; Dr. Kuldip Kular – MPP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton as well as MPP for Brampton South, Amrit Mangat.

St. Catherines, Ontario - January 22-23, 2010

Held at the Pen Centre Mall. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. MC, Debbie Sevenpifer-CEO of Niagara Health Systems (NHS), introduced a wide variety of health professionals including MPP for St. Catherines, Jim Bradley; Dr. Jeffrey Cranford, Regional Chief of Surgical Services, NHS; Dr. Andrea Feller, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Niagara Region, Public Heahth; Dr. Janet Giesbrecht-Niagara Medical Oncologist; Colorectal Cancer survivor, Joe Hrechanyk. Kathy Hume - Clinical Manager, Day Surgery/Endoscopy, Regional Colorectal Screening Program, Niagara Health System was our Regional Administrative Lead for this event.

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Windsor, Ontario - January 19-20, 2010

Held at the Devonshire Mall. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Beth Dulmage – Erie-St. Clair Regional Cancer Program and Manager of Cancer Prevention and Screening, Windsor Regional Hospital introduced colorectal cancer survivor, Jean Hurst as well as John Day, and Nancy Berthiaume.

London, Ontario - January 16-17, 2010

Held at the White Oaks Mall. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. MC for this appearance was Brian Orr- Regional V/P, Southwest Regional Cancer Program. Among the guests were Dr. Robert Annis – Primary Care Lead for SWRCP, cancer survivor – Heather Roch; Catherine Kirk – Regional Cancer Program Director, Oncology Program and director of London Regional Cancer Program. Poignant moment of our visit was the testimony of a cancer patient who has been given a month to live yet decided to visit with us and relate his journey.

North Bay, ON - January 12-13, 2010

Held at the Northgate Shopping Centre. Partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Health, Cancer Care Ontario, the Canadian Cancer Society, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada. Kickoff of our 13 city tour of Ontario was accompanied by a cold and snowy day as we set up the Giant Colon. MC – Terry Franko of the North Bay/Parry Sound District- Health Unit introduced various speakers including Jim Chirico – Medical Officer of Health, NBPS Health Unit; CCAC President & CEO, Barry Stein; Koop Alkema – Manager of Preventative Oncology and Screening, Sudbury Regional Hospital; North Bay Mayor, Vic Fedeli; Dr. Scott Shulman – Gastroenterologist; as well as Shirley Taylor – cancer survivor.

Zoomer Show - October 31, 2009 - Toronto, ON

The Giant Colon Exhibit greeted visitors at the Zoomer Show which took place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Saturday, October 31 and Sunday November 1st. Many of CCAC’s Volunteers, cancer coaches and health care providers in the Greater Toronto Area were on hand to answer visitor questions and provide information . We thank AMGEN Canada and the Zoomer Show for providing the CCAC with the opportunity to participate in the show with both our patient information booth and our unique 40 foot inflatable educational tool.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan October 2, 2009

The city of Saskatoon, surrounded by its golden canola fields, proved to be quite the golden opportunity for education on October 2, 2009. Arguably the most unusual of the 1,000 events held that day worldwide, spawned by Lance Armstrong under the Livestrong: Lance Armstrong Foundation banner, The Giant Colon generated a remarkable amount of interest for a one day appearance. Close to 2,000 people turned out, following a mid-morning kickoff attended by the Mayor of Saskatoon, Don Atchison, and Randy Weekes, Member of the Legislative Assembly. Livestrong Saskatoon’s Lorna Scott, whose dedication to the cause was spawned by her husband’s ongoing battle with cancer, assembled as strong a team of volunteers as any, all mingling with visitors at Midtown Plaza, discussing the various options for tackling colorectal cancer prevention and handing out literature. The success of the event led to discussions about bringing The Giant Colon to the region again in the near future.

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Ottawa, Ontario - September 24-26 2009

Ottawa’s St. Laurent Centre mall was the ideal venue for The Giant Colon Tour’s 10th exhibit, from September 24-26, 2009. Over the course of three days, 10,000 people dropped by to learn about the prevention of colorectal cancer, a staggering 5,000 on the final day alone! The Ottawa Hospital partnered with us for this tour, made possible through the generosity of the Canadian Cancer Society, as well as the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. Volunteers from all of these organizations, as well as the Ottawa Colorectal Cancer Support Group, assisted with the Giant Colon and manned the various booths. As a sign of the times, the good people from Ottawa Public Health set up two germicide pump stations, enabling visitors to sanitize their hands. Heads turned as cheerleaders from the Ottawa Sooners football club volunteered over the course of the exhibit, as well. Our gratitude to all for making this such a successful event!

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Edmonton, Alberta - July 2009

Following tight on the heels of the Calgary trip, The Giant Colon travelled to Canada’s famous West Edmonton Mall from July 9-11, 2009 and several thousand were attracted to an exhibit that was unique among the many spectacular sights in this storied mall. Alberta Health Services’ Cancer Screening Programs, the Tom Baker Health Centre and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada were all on hand providing literature and staffing the event with their volunteers. Organizers of the highly successful annual SloPitch fundraiser that the CCAC is involved with here also helped staff The Giant Colon exhibit.

Much thanks to everyone for helping make our Alberta trip such a positive experience.

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Calgary, Alberta - July 2009

Calgary’s renowned annual Stampede proved to be quite the backdrop for The Giant Colon, as all manner of cowpoke-clad visitors toured Eau Claire Market from July 6-7, 2009. While the Stampede grabs over 100,000 aficionados annually in its tight lasso, over 1,000 stopped by to learn how to prevent colorectal cancer. Helping spread the word that good health is possible if you work at it were Alberta Health Services’ Cancer Screening Programs, the Tom Baker Health Centre and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada, with booths staffed by volunteers.

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Northwest Territories - May, 2009

In spite of a hastily-arranged visit by The Giant Colon in mid-May, 2009, events organized in Inuvik, about as far north as you can go in Canada, and Yellowknife proved to be gigantic successes. The ’Land of the Midnight Sun’ was the place to be, as the populations of both centres came out in impressive numbers to see one of the more interesting and unusual exhibits that has ever crossed the 60th Parallel. Organizers Debbie MacDonald in Inuvik and Cheryl Cooper in Yellowknife, plus their incredible cadre of staff and volunteers, were extremely concerned with getting the message out, that colorectal cancer is preventable through early screening, which is done by way of the FOBT test in this region. The aboriginal community here is particularly hard-hit by colorectal cancer, as are other ethnic groups, so the need for The Giant Colon Tour became readily apparent as many groups of elders and entire school classes went through it. Present and actively assisting were Dr. Braam and Sonia de Klerk, Dr. Tom and Marlena Guzowski and Dr. Kami Kandola, while we were fortunate to have Yellowknife’s Dr. John Morse on hand during his rounds in Inuvik. Health Minister Sandy Lee also paid a visit to the Yellowknife event.

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Kitchener, Ontario - April 17-18, 2009

On April 17 and 18, 2009, The Giant Colon Tour appeared at Kitchener’s Fairview Park Mall, where it drew some 300 people per hour over the two days of the Community Fair for Cancer Care. The ever-popular ColonCancerCheck "transparent" body suits, with graphic representations of internal organs appear on the outside of the suit, were a hit here, as well, attracting a lot of attention. People came from the Kitchener-Waterloo area and as far ss Northern Ontario, as they had heard about The Giant Colon from friends and family in the other communities. Committed volunteers at the various booths of the fair were most active and pink roses were handed out to female guests, proving a friendly touch during a serious event.

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Sault Ste Marie, Ontario - April 4, 2009

The Sault Ste. Marie Armory opened its doors to The Giant Colon Tour on April 2, 2009, for what proved to be a truly interesting few days, as members of Canada’s military proved to be gracious hosts at a time when eight members of their home regiment were serving in Afghanistan. The Sault event was also notable in that the amazing organizers from Algoma Health Unit arranged to have primary and secondary classes from no fewer than eight local schools take tours through The Giant Colon. The children and teens were thrilled to be touring a giant colon and many of them were studying this part of the body in class at the time. CCAC President Barry Stein was on hand as a speaker at the grand opening, accompanied by Dr. Terry Sullivan, local oncologists, professionals and politicians. The satirical rock band The Comedics provided humorous colon-related entertainment for several hours, much to the delight of a large seated crowd.

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Sudbury, Ontario - March 28, 2009
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On March 27, 2009, the newly-renovated New Sudbury Centre welcomed The Giant Colon Tour to a five-day event that drew an astounding 15,000 people organized by the Sudbury & District Health Unit. The volunteer base was inspirational, as tightly-knit shifts handed out literature and spoke with visitors about related issues. Mall personnel were particularly helpful and the media, which started covering The Giant Colon Tour in Timmins, continued stopping by, requesting interviews, photos and tours of The Giant Colon. All in all, a gigantic success!

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Timmins, Ontario - March 21, 2009

On March 20, 2009, The Giant Colon Tour headed out on the road to Northern Ontario, which has some of the highest rates of colorectal cancer in the country. Small-town Timmins was the first stop and the 101 Mall drew almost 2,000 people to a health fare organized by Porcupine Health Unit. Staff and volunteers from Porcupine, Canadian Cancer Society, Crohns and Colitis Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association, Canadian Heart Association and other groups manned various tables, promoting improved health. Sudbury region’s Dr. Amanda Hey joined the tour, sporting the famous transparent ColonCancerCheck body suit that features graphics of the body’s internal organs on the outside. ’If you were see-through, you would not require screening,’ was the basic message. ’But you’re not.’ This body suit became a popular attraction worn by very conspicuous personnel throughout the tour.

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Montreal, Quebec - March 19, 2009
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March 18 and 19, 2009 were historic days for the CCAC and Montreal’s healthcare field, as the Giant Colon made its public debut at Complexe Desjardins on behalf of the CHUM. The event attracted some 6,000 people and the Giant Colon was filled to capacity throughout. The concept of having a large corps of medical personnel, including some of Montreal’s finest gastroenterologists, oncologists and surgeons on hand, proved highly beneficial to information-seekers and concerned individuals.

Photos by Dominic Fuizzotto
Photos in album 2 by Anne Kmetyko

All road pictures taken by Bram Eisenthal & Gail Grief