SKILLMAN, N.J., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Great Comebacks® Program announced today the 2009 regional awards recipients. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the annual Great Comebacks® Program recognizes the inspirational achievements of adults and young people who have overcome debilitating intestinal diseases and ostomy surgery.
The awards are 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), and the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease, a collective term for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, affects an estimated 1.4 million Americans, many of whom are initially impacted when they are adolescents or young adults.(1) Along with colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease is a common condition that may lead to a permanent or temporary ostomy.
The 2009 Great Comebacks® regional award recipients are:
"These debilitating diseases, and the prospect of ostomy surgery, can leave you feeling isolated, fearful and uncertain about the future," said Rolf Benirschke, former San Diego Chargers place-kicker, ulcerative colitis patient and chairman of the Great Comebacks® Program. "For 25 years, Great Comebacks has honored inspiring individuals who, by sharing their stories, give hope and e
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