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Great Comebacks(R) Program Announces 2007 National Award Winner
Date:2/27/2008

Global Advocates Honor US Firefighter Scott Ellis for His Comeback from Ostomy Surgery, and Send Off Seven Summits Climber Robert Hill on Everest

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Ellis, a firefighter from Enfield, Connecticut was named this year's Great Comebacks(R) National Award recipient this evening at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1984 by former San Diego Charger and ulcerative colitis patient Rolf Benirschke, the Great Comebacks Program recognizes the inspirational achievements of people who prevail over debilitating intestinal diseases, colorectal cancer and ostomy surgery.

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During the ceremony, the gathering of national and international advocates also recognized Seven Summits climber Robert Hill on the eve of his departure for Mount Everest, the final peak in his quest to become the first Crohn's patient and ostomate to scale the Seven Summits, or tallest mountains on each of the continents.

This year, the Great Comebacks Program also welcomed two new sponsors, the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) and the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS) -- joining long-time program sponsors ConvaTec, a world-leading manufacturer of ostomy and wound care products, and the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (CCFA).

In the United States, an estimated 1.4 million people are affected by inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)(1), a collective term for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Additionally, 750,000 Americans are living with an ostomy due to either IBD, colorectal cancer or other chronic bowel or bladder diseases.(2)

"Tonight is a celebration of special individuals like Scott and Rob, who have come through their experiences filled with courage and a desire to help others who f
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