May 26: Find Out What's Happening In The Ostomy Community This Week

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Each week we’ll skim the interwebs for the latest news and headlines. It’s a chance to get inspired, discover what’s happening and stay connected to the ostomy community. Check out these top stories of the week, including this thought for today:

We honor those who have given their lives in service to our country.


What Do You Have Planned For Memorial Day Weekend?

What better way to spend three (well-deserved) days off than reading a good book—especially one written by an ostomate. Let us know what you're doing this weekend using the hashtag #OCMDW on social media.

Feature image courtesy of FAP advocate Jenny Jones, Life's A Polyp

Ostomate Paul Urwin Takes Part In UK’s Great North Swim

Paul Urwin missed the Great North Swim for the last three years due to bowel cancer, but after having lifesaving ostomy surgery he is now in remission and will head back into the water for the UK’s biggest weekend of open water swimming event. Read more on GazzetteLive.

Celebrate “Gifts From The Garden Month” During The 31 Days In May

“Gifts From the Garden Month” promotes the ways we benefit from gardens, and from gardening itself. A garden is the gift that keeps on giving, especially when you've got a green thumb like Dr. Alysha Warner, ostomate since 2012.

United Ostomy Associations Of America Welcomes A New Executive Director

The Management Board of Directors hired Christine Ryan as Executive Director of the UOAA. Christine last served as President and CEO of a non-profit training organization for 18 years. Christine has firsthand knowledge of ostomies because her former husband had a temporary colostomy after being diagnosed with rectal cancer last year. Connect with Christine at the UOAA National Conference this August in Irvine, California!

Don’t Miss "Cocktails For A Cure" Fundraiser Hosted By Gutless & Glamorous

Get your tickets now for the 5th annual "Cocktails for a Cure" fundraiser hosted by Gutless and Glamorous on Friday, June 2 from 8-10pm at Tongue and Groove in Atlanta, Georgia. Guests will enjoy a glamorous atmosphere, silent auction, and raffle to raise awareness for IBD and ostomies. Visit for more information.

Wondering How To Celebrate National Sunscreen Day?

Tomorrow is National Sunscreen Day, also known as "Don't Fry Day" which is celebrated every year on the Friday before Memorial Day by The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention to encourage sun safety awareness. It's important to wear sunscreen to protect your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and to enjoy a beautiful day without worry!

A Quick Reminder...

In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act in honor of the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace. All Americans, wherever they are at 3 p.m. (local time) on Memorial Day, will pause in an act of national unity for a duration of one minute to honor the fallen.

That’s a wrap!

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