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Purple potty making the rounds

Original post made on Apr 23, 2008

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


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
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 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!

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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Parkside
on Apr 23, 2008 at 4:53 pm

I had the purple potty in front of my home over the weekend to raise awareness.
Thank you to my patient neighbors who have a great sense of humor!
It was a pleasure to get to choose the next recipient - give it a try yourself and pass it on.

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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2008 at 6:09 pm

Oh c'mon... purple toilets! What's next? Porta Potties! How unsightly. I certainly wouldn't want one in front of my house. Let's stick with ribbons around trees.

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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.
Thank you to Pleasanton Weekly for running this story. We appreciate your support.

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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.

That is how a purple potty relates to cancer!

Thank you Pleasanton Weekly - you rock too!

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Posted by John DeKoven
a resident of Downtown
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.

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Posted by Neighbor
a resident of Another Pleasanton 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!

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Posted by Kristen Hunter
a resident of another community
on Apr 26, 2008 at 10:33 am

I for one, wish I lived closer so I could host the potty in my yard!!
How wonderful to bring awareness to the community in such a fun way!
Our event is July 26-27 at Pleasanton Middle School, please join us!!

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Posted by Jeb Bing
a resident of Vintage Hills
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.

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Posted by 5.0
a resident of Birdland
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.

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Posted by Cindy
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 29, 2008 at 9:50 am

How do you get the potty? anyone have a number or link?

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 29, 2008 at 12:14 pm

You can contact the Purple Potty at 925-484-1976 or

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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.
Thank you and God bless.

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Posted by Hiker for Hope
a resident of Downtown
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!!

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Posted by Team lydiksen moms
a resident of Highland Oaks
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!!

Team Lydiksen Moms

p.s. we will unlock it in 24 hours!

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Posted by kate debernardi
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 1, 2008 at 9:18 am


Hikers for Hope met the ransom through a generous donation to Bras for the Cause and the purple potty was released unharmed!!!

Team lydiksen Moms thanks Hikers for Hope for being good sports and wishes them much luck in their fundraising efforts,

Thanks for raising awareness to two great causes!

Team Lydiksen Moms

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Posted by Cowboy Mike
a resident of Foothill High School
on May 4, 2008 at 9:29 am

Well, at first, i was somewhat annoyed by this toilet sitting in front of my yard.. But after reading things about this online, i began to appreciate it...

Perhaps, on your next attempt at this, you use something a little less obnoxious, like a pair of shoes, "stomping out cancer" because this is rather unsightly.

Anyways, as per the wishes of the senders, we will be sending this along its way with the money. Perhaps, it would be more clever if there were a place to put the money in the pot??

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Posted by Johnny B.
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 26, 2008 at 1:27 am

Great idea...didn't know what it was for until I remembered seeing an article in the Weekly, and then after looking it up online learned the whole story.

Glad we were graced with it, but I'm going to print a copy of this article and place it...dare I say IN...the potty so the next unsuspecting donor knows what it's for....

Glad to donate to have it removed, as we probably all have been touched by someone that has lost their battle...thank God my Mom won hers some 30 years ago, I am happy to contribute!

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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Another Pleasanton 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 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