SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) -- Businesses in a mid-Missouri town have been plagued by a purple toilet.
The Sedalia Democrat reported that a purple commode has been placed at businesses in the city halfway between Jefferson City and Kansas City to raise money for cancer research.
Sasha Hogg, a team leader for Relay for Life that organized the fundraiser, said businesses that receive the toilet have three options: They can pay $10 to have it removed, pay $20 to have it delivered to someone else or buy "potty insurance" for $30, which guarantees the toilet will not return to their business.
"The toilet has definitely stolen the hearts and humors of the Sedalia business district," team member Diana Vorhees said. "It has even been double-booked."
Hogg said she chose the toilet as her team's fundraiser because it was "nontraditional."
Hogg plans to continue raising money with the purple potty until the Pettis County Relay for Life event in June.
Hogg has even created a Facebook page in honor of the purple potty, titled "I bet my toilet can get 1,000 fans to flush out cancer." The page, which includes pictures of people posing with the toilet, has 255 admirers. The site also tells those who view the page where the purple potty will be for the day.
"This thing has just rolled," Hogg said. "We've raised $1,000 in three weeks."
Hogg said she is raising money for cancer research because it has affected her family for generations. Hogg's grandmother has had cancer seven times and Vorhees -- who is Hogg's mother -- had uterine cancer.
"It's pretty crazy how cancer has eaten up my family," Hogg said.
Cancer struck Hogg's family again in August 2009 when her father, George Hogg, was diagnosed with glioma, which is a cancerous tumor that begins in the brain or spine. When the tumor was discovered, Sasha Hogg said it was the size of the tip of a ball point pen. By February, the tumor had grown to the size of a baseball.
Sasha Hogg's father underwent surgery to remove one-third of his brain. But, he still needed chemotherapy and radiation to fight the cancer.
Although her father's surgery has been a struggle, Sasha Hogg said he walks into treatment with a smile.
"His short-term memory is fried," she said, "but he is still funny and picking on the kids."
Information from: The Sedalia Democrat, http://www.sedaliademocrat.com
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