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Perham ready to flush out cancer

A purple painted toilet sits in a front yard in Perham. The toilet can be moved to a different location for a fee that goes toward Relay for Life. (Carter Jones/ FOCUS) 1 / 2
Glasses were dealt out at "Brewing for a Cure" at Disgruntled Brewing in June. Cyrus Bickell brewed "Kourageous Kathy" in honor of his mom Kathy who died from breast cancer two years ago. (submitted) 2 / 2

Perham is turning purple for the Relay for Life.

Businesses all around town decorate their storefronts purple in the lead up to Friday's charity event to fight cancer, but one team is putting a spin on things with a sparkling purple toilet.

Perham Health's Relay for Life team devised the fundraising idea through an online search.

After a coat of spray paint, inside and out, the toilet was ready for its debut.

Along with a rhinestone encrusted plunger, a sign next to the toilet reads "Flush Out Cancer!" and lists what needs to be done to pass the toilet along. Purple represents cancer survivors.

The toilet can be removed for a minimum donation of $10, sent to a specific person or business for $20, while $30 buys insurance from the toilet ever coming back.

Team captain Jennifer Flatau said there was some discussion about whether to use a new or used toilet. After a craigslist deal fell through, the team bought the toilet brand new.

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Wanda Braun, one of the first recipients of the toilet, said she was surprised to see it turn up in her yard.

"It's a good way to get people aware," Braun said. "It's such a good community thing, people will get some good laughs out of it."

Braun said passerby have been cranking their head to see what the toilet is all about.

When asked if she knew where she would send it, Braun said "you better believe it, but I'm not saying who."

The Relay For Life of East Otter Tail begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the Perham High School track. The Opening Ceremony featuring the Survivors' Lap begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee to attend.

The Relay for Life is the culmination of weeks of fundraising from area teams and businesses.

Disgruntled Brewing hosted "Brewing for a Cure" in June. A commemorative beer "Kourageous Kathy" was brewed by Cyrus Bickell, in honor of his mom Kathy who passed away from breast cancer two years ago.

United Community Bank in Perham held a root beer float fundraiser during the Turtle Fest turtle races.

KLN also hosted a Relay for Life cookout on the Tuffy's front lawn during Turtle Fest.

The theme of this year's relay is "Saving Lives and Creating Change, ONE step at a time!"

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