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Seven exciting things that happened on National Ostomy Awareness Day 2016

This year's theme is "resilience."
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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' Ostomy 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 who holds the course record.

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.

3. United Ostomy Association of America's 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.

4. UOAA Twitter Chat

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

5. 'The Mighty' was LIVE on Facebook with Gaylyn Henderson.

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

6. Coloplast celebrated 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's '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!