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Laughlin Memorial Hospital Cancer Care Program challenges everyone to “Crawl the Colon” on Wednesday April 10, 2013 at Greene Technology Center.





Laughlin Memorial Hospital (LMH) Cancer Care Program challenges everyone to “Crawl the Colon”, featuring the “original” Colossal Colon®, and learn that colorectal cancer can happen to ANYONE at ANY age!  LMH Cancer Care Program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS). The ACoS established the CoC in 1922 with the purpose of improving survival rates and the quality of life of cancer patients by setting quality-of-care standards.  Applying for and maintaining accreditation is given only to those facilities that voluntarily make this commitment of excellence to cancer patients by complying with 36 quality-of-care standards.  During the CoC survey process, which occurs every three years, a facility undergoes a rigorous evaluation and review of their performance and compliance to these quality-of-care standards.   The following areas of service are included in the cancer program: Diagnostic, Surgical, Radiation, and Medical Oncology Treatment, Cancer Support meetings, patient education and prevention programs, and community resources. The LMH Cancer Care Program also maintains a collaboration agreement with the American Cancer Society.



To raise awareness in Greeneville that colorectal cancer is the second leading cancer killer in the U.S., with men and women combined. Almost 150,000 people will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer this year, and over 55,000 of them will die. As a combined effort to educate and save lives, LMH and The Colon Club are challenging everyone to “Crawl the Colon”, learn their family history, and to get screened when it is right for them in order to prevent colorectal cancer.


Activities include the “Original” Colossal Colon®, an all inclusive, interactive, 40-foot long, 4-foot tall, crawl-through replica of the human colon designed to educate EVERYONE about the various diseases of the colon and that colorectal cancer can happen to ANYONE at ANY age. The Colossal Colon® exhibit is free and open to the public and includes examples of healthy colon tissue, several non-cancerous diseases of the colon, polyps, and various stages of colorectal cancer as well as several other Education Stations:

 -Two interactive kiosks          

-Colonoscopy Simulator        

-Colonoscopy Prep                

-FAP and Lynch Syndrome Information

-Fiber and Healthy Foods      

-And a Blue Star Photo Booth with Captain Colon






Wednesday April 10, 2013 at 8:30am-3pm. For more information about when and where you can “Crawl the Colon”, visit



The Colon Club’s “Crawl the Colon” Tour is coming to Greene Technology Center, 1121 Hal Henard Road Greenville, TN. 37743, April 10, 2013!  Greene Technology Center offers health science courses to high school students who want to pursue a career in healthcare.  Courses offered include:  Health Science Education, Medical Therapeutics, Forensics, Diagnostic Medicine, EMS, Clinical Internship, Nursing (CNA), Health Information Technology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Rehabilitation Careers.  Students in Clinical Internship and Nursing spend part of the school day in various health care settings observing and participating in direct patient care.


Articulation agreements are in place through Walters State Community College, Northeast State Technical Community College, and the TN Technology Center in Morristown.  At WSCC and NESTCC, students take exams toward earning college credit.  TN Technology Center at Morristown allows students who meet certain criteria to enter the LPN program (located at Laughlin Hospital) directly out of high school rather than being placed on a waiting list for the program.


The Colossal Colon’s® visit to Greeneville is brought to you by LMH Cancer Care Program in partnership with the American Cancer Society and Greene Technology Center Health Sciences.  The Colossal Colon® is sponsored nationally by Genentec and Get Your Guts in Gear (GYGIG), The Ride for Crohn’s & Colitis. GYGIG creates and produces 2 and a 1-day ride to raise awareness about Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and the needs of people living with ostomies. For more information about GYGIG, please visit 


The Colossal Colon® is the creation of Molly McMaster, a colon cancer survivor who was diagnosed on her 23rd birthday, with help and support from Glens Falls Hospital in Glens Falls, NY. The Colossal Colon® is a project of The Colon Club and is dedicated to the memory of Amanda Sherwood Roberts, who lost her battle with colon cancer at age 27. The Colossal Colon® was designed and built by Adirondack Scenic, Inc., a custom design and fabrication company.


For more information about the Colossal Colon®, please visit