March 12, 2013

Coco is coming back!

Submitted by Gordon Hospital

CALHOUN — She made quite an impact when she visited back in 2009, so Gordon Hospital is bringing her back!

In recognition of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Gordon Hospital is bringing back Coco, the Colossal Colon. This 40-foot long, 4-foot tall, crawl-through replica of the human colon is designed to educate the public about colorectal cancer. Thanks to a grant from the Northwest Georgia Regional Cancer Coalition, Coco will be available for public tours from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 26 and 27, at the Calhoun Convention Center, 100 Peters St.

“We are so excited to bring Coco back to Gordon County,” says Amy Jordon, chief nursing officer for Gordon Hospital. “Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, and yet it is one of the most preventable forms of cancer. Anything we can do to bring more awareness to this terrible disease is certainly worth the effort.”

Local school children in grades five and up are being scheduled for tours that will include a Kids’ Safety Fair, organized by the Gordon Hospital Foundation. The safety fair will include information on proper nutrition, orthopedic health, general safety, the dangers of smoking and more. School officials wishing to schedule a tour are asked to call (706) 602-7800, ext. 2305.

On Thursday at 6 p.m., Coco will be an important attraction at a free Dinner with the Doctors seminar focusing on colorectal cancer. The seminar and dinner are free, but registration is required. To register, please call (706) 602-7800, ext. 2305, or email karen.shaw@ahss.org.