The Colossal Colon

COCO’S GOT A MAKEOVER!

About The Colossal Colon

On the “Today” show in November of 2001, Katie Couric told our founder, Molly McMaster that if she came up with something crazy for National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, The Today Show would cover 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 oversized model of the human colon that was designed to educate about colorectal cancer and other diseases of the colon. Visitors who crawl through the Colossal Colon will see Crohn’s disease, diverticulosis, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, cancerous and non-cancerous polyps, and various stages of colon cancer.

The Colon Club’s goal is to educate younger people about colorectal cancer, and the Colossal Colon® was the perfect educational tool to do just that. Coco gets everyone talking about colorectal cancer, which is one of the first steps in eliminating it. Adults and children alike can crawl through or look through windows to check out the various features inside Coco.

Since 2002, Coco has visited over 150 cities in over 40 states and Canada, and has been hosted at hospitals, malls, convention centers, state fairs, museums, a football tournament, an amusement park, and other unique locations.  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.