World Ostomy Day started in 1993 by Professor Dr. Gerhard Englert who, at that time, was President of the International Ostomy Association. This global day of awareness occurs every three years to educate and advocate all over the world that ostomies and improve the quality of life for people with a stoma. Coincidentally, on the first Saturday in October of each year, the United Ostomy Associations of America observes National Ostomy Awareness Day. So today, ostomates everywhere are celebrating both!
Here are some of the incredible things happening in the world right now.
WA Ostomy Association connected at Town Hall
With a time zone a day ahead of us, the very first celebration began in Australia. Western Australian Ostomy Association's event at North Perth Town Hall included entertainment, food, fun, and of course a bunch of amazing mates!
Facebook Live with "World Ostomy Champion" Gaylyn Henderson
Gutless and Glamorous founder, Gaylyn Henderson, joined Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and United Ostomy Associations of America for Facebook live chats. She is the "World Ostomy Champion" this year — congrats Gaylyn!
Care to take a stroll with ostomates in Canada?
Ostomy Canada Society’s “Stoma Stroll” was held in Saskatoon and Kingston to support ostomy awareness. The Kingston Ostomy Support Group made the news on Global News Kingston!
The "Stoma Bus" drove around London
All aboard ostomates! Get on the bus, the "Stoma Bus" that is. Three amazing charities had a great idea to drive around London, rain or shine. Way to go Colostomy UK, Urostomy Association and IA — looks like fun!
JBTV started a radio awareness campaign
Jerry Bryant, the Emmy award-winning host, and owner of the iconic music program JBTV was diagnosed with Stage 4 colon cancer. His journey through treatment and surgery inspired him to create programs that help raise cancer awareness.
Al-Qatif Central Hospital held its first ostomy event
Enterostomal Therapy (ET) nurse and Gastroenterologists in Eastern, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed to the success of this event.
Krystal Miller held a “give back” competition
The lovely Bag Lady Mama had a surprise announcement on World Ostomy Day. It's a "give back" content! She's picking (at random) two people from Instagram and two from Facebook for a one-on-one call to share stories, ask questions and connect. Good luck to everyone who entered!
Run For Resilience Ostomy 5k races held in nine cities
Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k races were held in Durham, NC, E. Stroudsburg, PA, Mesa & Phoenix, AZ, Birmingham, AL, Harrison Township, MI, Nashville, TN, Pennsauken, NJ, and Portland, OR.
Amber Wallace created an awareness video on YouTube
In this video, Amber shared the responses to her survey about how much people know about ostomies... and the answers might surprise you! She also does an ostomy bag change on camera.
UOAA's theme is "Speaking Out Change Lives"
It's not just a slogan, "Speaking Out Changes Lives" really does make an impact. In fact, thousands spoke out this year about life-saving ostomy surgery on #WorldOstomyDay. It started with this kick-off video by UOAA!