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Great Comebacks® Program Recognizes National Award Winners
Date:6/5/2011

rger, Panama City, FL; and Linda Pasto, Ithaca, NY.

At the ceremony in New Orleans, Great Comebacks® also presented its Public Service Award named in memory of Tony Snow, the former White House advisor and news broadcaster who was an Honorary Great Comebacks® Award recipient in 2006.  In March, Great Comebacks® named LTC (R) Justin F. Blum, a retired lieutenant colonel working as an instructor of JROTC programs and commanding the South Carolina State Guard for Homeland Security, the 2011 Tony Snow Public Service Award Winner.  

Great Comebacks® is sponsored by ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, in partnership with the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS), the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

"Both of the individuals recognized this evening have displayed exceptional courage and a dedication to others that motivates all of us. As a leader in ostomy care for more than 30 years, ConvaTec is proud to help people with an ostomy live their lives with confidence," said Brad Barton, President, ConvaTec U.S.A.  "It is so rewarding when we hear stories like those of Chuck and Justin, who have remained active, reached or exceeded their goals, and then have inspired others."

More information about all of the Great Comebacks® Award recipients is available at www.GreatComebacks.com.

Chuck Wielgus, 2010 National Award Recipient

At the age of 56, Chuck Wielgus had an active life serving as Executive Director of USA Swimming, traveling the globe, playing recreational basketball, swimming, golfing and biking, when he was diagnosed with Stage III colorectal cancer. He ha
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