Purple toilet raises money for Relay for Life

Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse for Oswego Health, spray-painted a toilet purple and dropped it off to a neighbor to raise money for the Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life. The purple toilet has since sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

by Nicole Reitz

The Oswego Health Team for Relay for Life was tired of baking cookies to raise money for cancer research, so they took their own approach.

Erin McKinstry, an registered nurse, visited the American Cancer Society web site for fund-raising ideas and decided that she would spray paint a toilet purple and drop it off to a neighbor.

The tactic may look like a neighborhood prank, but its purpose is to raise money to fight cancer.

The purple toilet has sat in nearly 18 yards in the City of Fulton, sparking a conversation from those who pass it.

Tuesday, it sat on the lawn of Councilor Jay Foster, who lives on Buffalo Street. Foster said that children walking by have asked about the toilet and why it’s in the front yard.

Foster, a cancer survivor, hopes that someday soon scientists will come up with an answer for cancer. He isn’t ashamed to have a purple throne on his lawn, since he proudly supports the work of the American Cancer Society.

The way the fund-raiser works is that if the purple toilet ends up on your lawn, the owners of the home can pay $10 to have it removed from the premises, $20 to have it removed and put on a friend of their choices lawn, or $30 to have it removed, put on a friends lawn, and have it never return again.

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