On the “Today” show in November of 2001, Katie Couric told Molly (McMaster) Morgoslepov that if she came up with something crazy for March (Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month), the “Today” show would feature it. The wheels started turning, and one day in the shower Molly came up with the idea to build the Colossal Colon®!
“Coco,” as the Colossal Colon® is affectionately known, is a 40-foot long, 4-foot tall interactive, oversized model of the human colon that is designed to get everyone talking about colorectal cancer, which is one of the first steps in eliminating it. The Colossal Colon is the perfect educational tool to do just that! After 13 years, CoCo has retired to the Houston Health Museum. Visitors, adults and children alike, can crawl through or look through windows of the Colossal Colon® to see Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, cancerous and non-cancerous polyps, and various stages of colon cancer.
Since 2002, Coco has visited hospitals, malls, convention centers, state fairs, museums, a football tournament, an amusement park, and other unique locations in cities, and states throughout the U.S. and Canada. Click here to read more about the history of the Colossal Colon®.
The Colossal Colon® was built by Adirondack Scenic, Inc., a theme design company located in Argyle, NY. Actual colonoscopy footage was used to ensure that the features inside the Colossal Colon® are as realistic as possible. Special thanks to Maggie Tierney with the Screen for Life program at Glens Falls Hospital for her help during the construction of the Colossal Colon®.