Get Your Guts in Gear, Inc. (GYGIG) is an independent, national, not-for-profit organization that raises awareness of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and related conditions through multi-day cycling events that benefit and support inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) organizations and patient advocacy groups. GYGIG creates and produces well-organized, participant-centric events so that participants feel empowered, accomplished, and part of a greater community. www.ibdride.org
Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness provides free information, advice, and advocacy services nationally to patients with chronic illnesses – and in particular, patients with digestive diseases. Services include health and disability insurance, Social Security disability, employment discrimination, family and medical leave, school based accommodations, and resource location. Visit the www.advocacyforpatients.org for more information.
The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) is the national voice for people who have a bowel or urinary diversion. It provides education, information, and advocacy for people with an ostomy or continent diversion, and support to its network of affiliated support groups that provide one-on-one outreach services to patients. Following in the footsteps of the United Ostomy Association, and building on that organization’s 43 years of service, UOAA aims to have a profound influence on improving the quality of life of thousands of individuals. Visit www.ostomy.org for more information.
Since 1967, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has led the way in research, advocacy, and patient support for those suffering from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Four decades ago, the Foundation created the field of Crohn’s and colitis research. Today, the Foundation funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. Educational workshops and symposia, together with the Foundation’s scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. No wonder the National Institutes of Health has commended the CCFA for “uniting the research community and strengthening Crohn’s and colitis research.” Our Information Resource Center (888.MY.GUT.PAIN) offers accurate, current, disease-specific treatment and coping information and is staffed by caring, masters-level public health educators. Visit the www.ccfa.org for more information.