By Jay Pacitti @UOAA
It’s a quality that those who have had ostomy or continent diversion surgery demonstrate. There are many diverse reasons for having surgery, but a common bond in the ostomy community is the ability to persevere in the face of life’s obstacles. Many have tapped into their resilience over and over, perhaps without even realizing it. Others may still be seeking this confidence.
This resilience inspired the renaming of the annual WannaWearOne Ostomy 5k run/walk event. It’s now Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k. This event for ostomy awareness and support was started by Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN®), Lara Leininger and Angela Richardson in Durham, North Carolina three years ago. We are thrilled that this year the event will return to Durham, North Carolina and Portland, Oregon. Building on the success of past events, three additional inaugural events will take place in this October in Idaho, Alabama and London, England!
These family-friendly run/walk events raise ostomy awareness and support UOAA’s education and advocacy programs. If you can’t make it to any of the locations listed below – no worries – with the Virtual 5kyou can participate by yourself, with friends or your support group. Join with others for this event as part of Ostomy Awareness Day on October 1, 2016. Register or supporta runner today.
This event shows the world the active lives of many people living with an ostomy. Local organizers, participants, and dedicated volunteers who make these events a success year after year. Let us work together to help others discover their own resilience.
United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) envisions a society where people with ostomies and intestinal or urinary diversions are universally accepted and supported socially, economically, medically, and psychologically.
Join us in October for the Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k:
3rd Annual Virtual 5k (Anywhere USA) or the World! on October 1, 2016
3rd Annual Ostomy 5k in Durham, North Carolinaon October 1, 2016 (timed and certified course)
Inaugural 5k in Boise, Idaho on October 8, 2016 (timed and certified course)
Inaugural 5k in Birmingham, Alabama on October 8, 2016
Inaugural 5k in London, England on October 13, 2016 (Location TBA)
2nd Annual Ostomy 5k in Portland, Oregon on October 15, 2016
For more information about the Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k, visit ostomy5k.org.
Jay Pacitti is the Executive Director at United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.