Health Fair draws a crowd of hundreds


Suzanne Ashe

The biennial Petersburg Health Fair was dominated by Nolan the Colon, an inflatable “colon” covered in polyps and tumors that got folks talking about colon health.

Nolan the Colon, a 30-foot-long, 15-foot-high and 12-foot-wide inflatable colon, covered in polyps and tumors, was the star of Saturday's Health Fair.

This was Nolan the Colon's first visit to Petersburg. The display was on loan by the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage, and it travels around the state educating people about colon health.

Visiting surgeon Dr. Eric Llorens Garcia was on hand to give folks tours of the inflatable colon, as well as answer questions about colorectal cancer screening. Cancer survivor Michele Parker also attended the event and answered question...

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