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Feb. 14, 2003 -- No. 93

Media invited to briefing, tour of 40-foot-long Colossal Colon

Wednesday (Feb. 19), 9:30 a.m.
Common area near Graham Memorial Building and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
UNC campus

Members of the media are invited to a briefing and tour of the Colossal Colon, a 40-foot-long and 4-foot-tall replica of the human colon that will make the first stop of its nationwide 20-city tour on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Parking will be available in the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center lot, off Franklin Street. Those using the lot are requested to tell the parking lot attendant that they are members of the media.

The briefing will offer opportunities to interview Carolyn Aldige, president of the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation; Kevin Foy, Chapel Hill mayor; Dr. Robert Sandler and Susan Jackson, colon cancer specialists affiliated with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center; Dr. Shelton Earp, Lineberger center director; and survivors of colon cancer.

The public may tour the Colossal Colon from 10 a.m. through 7 p.m. Wednesday (Feb. 19) and 9 a.m. through 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday (Feb. 20 through 22).

The tour is hosted by the Lineberger center, sponsored by the Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation and made possible by Roche.

Also featured as part of the tour will be nine hands-on, interactive activity stations, covering topics on colon and rectal anatomy, as well as colorectal cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.

For more information on the Colossal Colon Tour, click here.

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Lineberger center contact: Dianne Shaw, (919) 966-5905 or