Officials with the University of Kansas Cancer Center are willing to pay good money to anyone who can locate a stolen inflatable colon.
Medical center officials announced Friday that they are offering $1,000 in reward money to anyone who can track down a large, inflatable human colon spanning ten feet and weighing 150 pounds.
Someone pilfered the inflatable human organ from the back of a pickup truck in early October. The intestine, which is valued at $4,000, had been in a Kansas City neighborhood for a walk/run event, the Kansas City Star reported.
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One local events coordinator for colon cancer awareness group in Kansas City thought whoever stole the blow-up colon ditched it.
“There’s not much of a black market for a giant inflatable colon,” said Stacie Moody, the events coordinator for Get Your Rear in Gear-Kansas City.
Officials are hoping the quest to find the inflatable colon can prompt people to get screened for colon cancer.
The American Society of Gastroenterology donated $1,000 to the center in the hopes someone could find it in their heart to return the blow-up colon.
“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer,” said John Ashcraft, a surgical oncologist at the center. “Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150-pound, 10-foot-long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.”