Purple potty making the rounds Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Apr 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm
A special purple-painted toilet is making the rounds and it's all in the name of fighting cancer. To the casual observer, a "purple potty" as it's known, doesn't exactly correlate with cancer, but a local team that is participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life event is hoping residents will spread the message to "flush away cancer."
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 22, 2008, 4:15 PM
Posted by Nancy, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2008 at 4:41 pm
I'm a Hiker for Hope and I want to thank the Pleasanton Weekly for this article!! I'm also glad you enjoyed getting the purple potty! We hope everyone understands that we are doing this fundraiser to raise not only money for the American Cancer Society but to raise awareness as well; awareness about an amazing event like the Relay for Life and its fight against a disease that touches so many lives. You can find our website on URL purplepotty.googlepages.com. Follow the link to our team page on the American Cancer Society's website for the Relay for Life! We invite anyone to join our team or start a team of their own for the Relay! It's a wonderful event that you will never forget. The Hikers for Hope fundraise and walk in the Relay for all of our loved ones and friends who have battled or are battling cancer. There is hope!
Posted by Ronda Damon, a resident of another community, on Apr 25, 2008 at 1:50 pm
I am the event chair for Pleasanton's 3rd Annual Relay For Life and I just wanted to say thank you to Hikers For Hope. Just last night my stepdaughter's favorite Aunt lost her 8 month battle to cancer. She was 48 years old. She suffered beyond what any human being should have to suffer. During her battle she went from weighing 140 lbs. to weighing 80 lbs. In the end, she could not eat or drink. Swallowing was next to impossible, as was breathing on her own. So for anyone that receives the purple potty, feel fortunate to get to participate in the fight. You are still here on our Earth with your family and friends! Join us in our mission to Celebrate, Remember & Fight Back. www.Events.Cancer.org/RFLpleasantonCA
Thank you to Pleasanton Weekly for running this story. We appreciate your support.
Posted by Cheryl Bashor, a resident of another community, on Apr 25, 2008 at 2:36 pm
The Purple Potty rocks! My sister Linda lost her 3 1/2 year battle with colon cancer last year and I know for a fact she would have loved the purple potty. It was like Christmas for her anytime she was able to use a potty - be it purple or any color. She made sure I heard about it every time and I was happy to just listen. When your days are numbered and the battle so very wearing even a potty can be a joy.
Posted by John DeKoven, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 25, 2008 at 6:21 pm
As someone who's background is in marketing I can say the purple potty is a great idea. The reason is that IT IS unique. It stands out and people ask what it's about. Unfortunately almost everyone ties ribbons on trees for one thing or another so it doesn't stand out. It's like car alarms when they go off and nobody really pays attention to them.
My father died of pancreatic cancer which is one of the worst, most devastating cancers you can get. I know he would have loved the idea of the purple potty!
I don't wish cancer on anyone and I hope for those of you who are upset about the purple potty that cancer never strikes you or your family. I can assure you from personal experience that the "unsightliness" of the purple potty pales in comparison to the "unsightliness" of watching someone die of cancer.
Posted by Neighbor, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 25, 2008 at 8:14 pm
I received the purple potty and was happy to make a donation for this worthy cause.Loved being able to choose where it went next! Would have liked a receipt for tax purposes tho' but that's a small thing compared to the effort these people are putting in to raise awareness and money- well done!
Posted by Jeb Bing, a resident of the Vintage Hills Elementary School neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2008 at 9:42 pm
My wife and I had a chance to "host" a purple toilet one night last week. What a surprise it was to look out in the morning and see this toilet at the front door. It provided us a fun way of giving $25 to a worthy cause. I'm especially impressed with the crews that volunteer their time late at night to deliver and then pick up these heavy toilets. They're real, you know, although fortunately not in working order. Great work to all of you superb volunteers.
Posted by 5.0, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 28, 2008 at 9:37 am
I just lost my Dad to skin cancer, He had a wonderful yet sick sense of humor, growing up as children he had an old toilet in the back yard as a planter. I cant help to think what a laugh he would get from this. I am going to seek out the purple toilet and plant it in the front yard proudly and try to help get rid of this horrible disease that robbed my father from me.
Posted by Tracey, a resident of another community, on Apr 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm
What a great idea of raising awareness. I wish my city of Brentwood had something this awesome. My mother has been battling brain cancer for 14 years and I know she would get a kick out of seeing something like this.
Posted by Hiker for Hope, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2008 at 3:57 pm
You can also have the purple potty sent to your business and people can donate online or you can collect checks made out to the American Cancer Society. As noted above, our number is 925-484-1976 for more info or to request the purple potty! The purple potty will also be auctioned off at the Relay for Life on July 26 at Pleasanton Middle School...if you're interested! Thanks for your support!!
Posted by Team lydiksen moms, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Apr 29, 2008 at 8:08 pm
We have your potty!!!!
That is right, we are Team Lydiksen moms and we represent the Bras for the cause ( a 10k breast cancer walk to benefit the San Francisco Bay Area Susan G Komen Breast cancer Foundation). We are holding your potty hostage in exchange for a donation for OUR cause. We have donated to you but have not freed your potty.(Thanks for leaving it on our driveway!!!!) It is now decorated with bras....and it is the talk of the neighborhood!!
Thanks for bringing attention to a worthy cause (or two)...Good luck in your fundraising and we hope to have your support on May 10 2008 for the Pleasanton Bras for the Cause!!
Posted by Nancy, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on May 26, 2008 at 11:01 pm
Johnny....we picked up the potty but didn't see payment. If we missed it, you can mail it to Purple Potty, P.O. Box 10241, Pleasanton, CA 94588 or donate online at URL purplepotty.googlepages.com. We're ok either way....just didn't want to miss your donation. Thanks! Glad to hear your mom won her battle with cancer!! Here's to a future with more stories like hers!! Purple Potty people