IBD & Ostomy Awareness: It’s More Than A Ribbon, It’s A Movement.
Thank You Crohn’s Advocate magazine for helping get the word out. See the spring issue with an article about the Ribbon’s creators. The cover story features Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready.
The Ribbon also gained lots of exposure and generated excitement at the WOCN conference in June, 2012.
Here’s what people are saying….
“I’ve lived with IBD for more than 25 years and have been fortunate to avoid major surgery. Unfortunately, many with IBD will undergo surgery that can result in an ostomy. I proudly wear my IBD and Ostomy Awareness Ribbon and support what Lois Fink and Barb Wodzin are trying to accomplish-greater awareness and acceptance by the IBD and ostomy community.”-Mike McCready – Pearl Jam
“To me the ribbon is both a symbol of what I’ve dealt with and if I can wear it proudly and keep a smile on my face on even the most difficult of days then I become an example to others and in the process help erase any stigmas associated with IBD’s and ostomies.” Paul LaGrange
“Love my Ribbon, Thank you! I especially love when people ask me about it and I get to explain why its brown!” Shelley S.
Read what Dr. William Holderman, board-certified gastroenterologist at Digestive Health Specialists in Tacoma has to say about the ribbon.Click Here
Advocate Has a Fire in Her Belly : Awareness is lacking – October 2013
“Inflammatory bowel disease. It’s an uncomfortable subject, but one Lois Fink wants to talk about. IBD is the umbrella term that describes Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and issues involving ostomy surgery. “Due to the nature of symptoms — pain, diarrhea — we’re not comfortable talking about our gut,” Fink says…” Read More Here
IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon Arrives in Colorado – August 2013
“A new awareness ribbon has arrived in Fort Collins. The IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon is on a mission to reverse the negative perception surrounding Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, better known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, IBD, and ostomy surgery. The ribbon is chocolate brown, has a red crystal in the center, and cream-colored lettering. This design and color combination sparks needed dialogue that leads to education, awareness, support and empowerment. But why a brown ribbon?…” Read More Here
IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon Debuts to Create Awareness, Educate, and Dispel Fear
In February, 2011, a new awareness ribbon debuted on lapels to raise awareness for the estimated 1.4 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and the estimated 600,000-750,000 Americans who have undergone ostomy surgery due to colorectal, bladder cancer, IBD, or birth defects; 75,000 new procedures are performed annually.
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Proceeds from ribbon sales will be donated to Get Your Guts in Gear, and the IBD Quilt Project. Get Your Guts in Gear (GYGIG) is a not-for-profit organization that raises awareness of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and related conditions through multi-day cycling events; www.ibdride.org. The IBD Quilt Project, a non profit organization, generates public awareness for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, colon cancer, and ostomy surgery. Crafted by and for the IBD community, the quilts provide an outlet to express the thoughts and experience of living with these chronic diseases, as they tour the country for education and support; www.ibdquilt.org.
To order the IBD & Ostomy Awareness Ribbon, email email@example.com; suggested donation is $5.00 or follow this link:Purchase A Ribbon