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It’s ‘potty time’ for one Relay for Life team

By Nancy Kennedy

INVERNESS - The Inverness Relay for Life team at Kovach & Associates law firm hopes to help flush cancer away with its “Potty Time” fundraiser.

To raise cancer awareness and funds for the American Cancer Society, the law firm team is selling “insurance” against having the purple toilet delivered to local businesses.

Full insurance protection for $25 ensures against being surprised by a decorated toilet filled with flowers in front of your business. For $10, you can have the toilet transferred to the Inverness location of your choice.

Potty removal from your location is $15.

“So far, we haven’t gotten too many ‘no’s,” said Paula Castro, the law firm’s administrator.

The team — Castro, legal assistant Sherry Dunn, paralegal Jennifer Tucker and her daughter Courtney — is doing this in honor of Tucker’s husband, David, whose non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is currently in remission; Dunn’s father who was diagnosed with stage III bladder cancer last year and Castro’s father who was diagnosed with both mesothelioma and skin cancer.

They are also doing this in memory of Mike Kovach’s mother, Giovan (“Sugie”), who died Jan. 23 from breast cancer.

“We’ve gone to the Relay for the past three years with my dad to do the survivors and caregivers walks, but this is the first time we’re going as a team,” said Courtney Tucker, 17. “This is a way we can be hands-on and actually do something.”

Castro added that they wanted to do something different, something that would make people notice — like a decorated purple toilet.

Castro said one local business paid the $25 insurance, but asked to have the toilet delivered to their site anyway and kept it there all day.

“It’s a good thing we haven’t had to deliver it to too many places, because it takes two of us to lift it,” Castro said.

She added they’ve even had businesses across the county want to participate.

The team hopes to raise at least $1,000 by the date of the Inverness Relay, April 19.

The Inverness Relay for Life goal is to raise $125,000. 

“Paula is really persuasive over the phone,” Tucker said. “Every time she gets a ‘yes’ from someone, she rings a bell.

“She’s been ringing the bell a lot.”

Kovach said they’ve been having a lot of fun with this.

“It makes people laugh and it’s all for a good cause,” he said. “It’s potty time!”

RELAY FOR LIFE

+ April 5, Crystal River at Crystal River High School.

+ April 12, Lecanto at Lecanto High School.

+ April 19, Inverness at Citrus High School.

Contact Chronicle reporter Nancy Kennedy at 352-564-2927 or nkennedy@chronicleonline.com.