UPDATE: Kansas City, Missouri police say they have recovered a giant, inflatable colon used to teach about the dangers of colon cancer.
An inflatable colon has been stolen from the University of Kansas Cancer Center.
The colon, valued at $4,000, was stolen from a pickup truck that was parked in Brookside, Kansas City.
“Colorectal cancer screening is the most powerful weapon we have against colorectal cancer,” John Ashcraft, DO, surgical oncologist at The University of Kansas Cancer Center said. Ashcraft is also co-leader of the cancer prevention and survivorship research program. “Colon cancer is a tough subject for many to talk about and the giant, 150 pound, ten foot long inflatable colon is a great conversation starter.”
The Cancer Coalition owns the inflatable colon. The organization hosts walk and run events for a campaign called “Get Your Rear In Gear.”
The organization ships the inflatable colon across the country for the events. The colon was on its way the a 5K which was scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. at Swope Park when it was stolen.
Authorities ask the public to call Kansas City Police with any information regarding the stolen colon.