7 Exciting Things That Happened On National Ostomy Awareness Day

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The United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) invited the entire ostomy community and supporters to celebrate Ostomy Awareness Day. This year's theme is Resilience - finding your inner strength to bounce back into life after surgery and live life to the fullest.

Here are seven exciting things that happened on October 1, 2016 to help raise awareness about ostomies:

1. 3rd Annual Run for Resilience 5k in Durham, North Carolina

The North Carolina Run for Resilience 5k race was held near the Southpoint Mall area of Durham. This course is certified by USATF and is a timed race, drawing avid runners and competitors. The race featured a DJ, kids’ activities, incentivized fundraising, an ostomate division, and awards. Many ostomates participated, including Collin Jarvis,

Out in Durham North Carolina at the UOAA Ostomy 5k! New course record is now in the hands of an ostomate ?. Happy awareness day ya'll!! #nocolonstillrollin

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- Collin Jarvis

Collin Jarvis at Ostomy 5K

Track & Field athlete, Collin Jarvis

2. 3rd Annual Run for Resilience Virtual 5k

No matter where you are in the world, you can help make the Run for Resilience 5k events a success by participating in the Virtual 5k. Simply sign-up to raise ostomy awareness at your favorite place to run or walk. Invite your friends, family, or support group to join in this special day. There is no cost to participate!

3. UOAA Instagram Contest

Those who have the Instagram App entered this year's contest by tagging @UOAA and #IAmResilient in their photos on October 1st for a chance to win an #IAmResilient t-shirt, mug and UOAA one-year Individual Membership (includes online subscription to The Phoenix magazine.) Click here for contest details and rules.

UOAA #IAmResilient

Courtesy of UOAA #IAmResilient

4. UOAA Twitter Chat

There was an active Twitter Chat from Noon-1:00 pm (EST) Saturday, October 1, 2016. Many ostomates and supporters followed @UOAA on Twitter and used the hashtag #OADchat to follow along. Participants included #OADchat in their own posts to comment or ask questions. The theme was “Resilience in Life with an Ostomy” and guests included medical professionals and several ostomy advocates.

5. The Mighty went LIVE on Facebook with Gaylyn Henderson

Gutless and Glamorous founder, Gaylyn Henderson was "LIVE" with The Mighty at 2pm (EST) on their Facebook page; Facebook.com/ChronicIllnessOnThemighty.

6. Coloplast Celebration in Minneapolis, MN

Friends and family gathered for a morning full of food and fun with Coloplast at their Minneapolis headquarters. Special guests included Ostomy United founder, Ted Vosk and UOAA Executive Director, Jay Pacitti. There was a photo booth so anyone could take an #IAmResilient photo!

7. ConvaTec Ostomy Awareness Day T-shirt Selfie

Many wore ConvaTec's Ostomy Awareness Day t-shirt (or any green shirt), snapped a selfie, and used the hashtag #ostoME on social media to help bring focus to Ostomy Awareness Day! ConvaTec is a proud sponsor of the Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k™ events. Buy a shirt and spread the ostomy love!