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Fundraisers aim to flush out cancer with purple porcelain

A team of fundraisers for the American Cancer Society is placing purple toilets in DeSoto County yards to help raise money to flush out cancer. A team of fundraisers for the American Cancer Society is placing purple toilets in DeSoto County yards to help raise money to flush out cancer.

(WMC-TV) - A team of fundraisers for the American Cancer Society is placing purple toilets in DeSoto County yards to help raise money to flush out cancer.

Laura Dunning and her Relay for Life team call themselves ‘The Party Poopers.'

The tactic looks like a neighborhood prank; a bright purple potty stands in the front yard for everyone to see.

"I get a little bit nervous every time the phone rings because usually it's somebody with a toilet in their yard," said Dunning.

It's Dunning and her 14-year-old son who put them there.

"I have six of them out right now so were trying to raise money to fight cancer," Dunning said.

Dunning's team is using the toilet-tactic in hopes of raising $3,000.  The DeSoto County Relay for Life aims to raise $80,000 to fight cancer, a fight that Zach Davis' family will now be a part of.

"About a few nights ago I was driving home and I noticed the purple toilet and it's just kind of a shock like, ‘Wow is this for real?'" Davis asked.

Lucky for him, the toilet was on his parents' property, though he gets a good look at it from next door.

Neighbors find the purple porcelain on their grass with some options attached.  Options include paying $10 to move it, $20 to pass it on to a friend, and $30 to send it off with a guarantee that it will never come back again.

"I think it would be really funny, a really good joke, but also for a good cause," Davis continued. "I think that somebody could reciprocate that and hopefully get around to several neighborhoods and make some money."

Most of the neighbors are friendly and usually participate, except one last year.

"I did have one gentleman get a little bit angry with me and told me that if I didn't come get it he was going to take a sledgehammer to it," Dunning joked.

Because the deadly disease hits so close to home to Dunning and her family, they will keep spreading awareness through the purple plumbing.

"My father passed away from cancer and he was a plumber so we're kind of motivated with our toilets," Dunning said.

The Desoto County Relay for Life will be May 18th at the Olive Branch City Park.

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