The Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS) is a patient-focused not-for-profit organization. Our programs support children, youth and young adults living with intestinal diseases. Our education and awareness campaigns educate the public about intestinal diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis and the issues people living with these terrible illnesses deal with every day.
Children and youth are the core of IDEAS work. IDEAS provides opportunities and funds to help kids with IBD and other intestinal diseases access summer camp programs to develop life and leadership skills. Many kids affected by IBD feel isolated and stigmatized–a week at camp with other children facing similar challenges helps kids to feel less-isolated and empowered to live a full and rewarding life despite their illnesses. Because of the considerable medical costs families with children suffering from IBD face, the financial support of IDEAS to identify these kids in the community and help them travel to camps, many of which are outside of their hometowns, is crucial.
One such youth is 16-year-old Clinton of Squamish, BC. Clinton became involved with IDEAS through our founder Robert Hill. While Clinton was really sick, he watched Rob demonstrate how IBD doesn’t stop him. Now healthy enough to regain his active lifestyle, in part due to advances in IBD treatment by Abbott, Clinton is determined to demonstrate to others how IBD doesn’t stop him. In September 2009, Clinton traveled to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro as part of the IBD Adventures trek. In April 2010, Clinton will join the IBD Adventures team heading to Mount Everest Base Camp. Through these adventures, Clinton’s natural leadership abilities have flourished. IDEAS is proud to play a small role in Clinton’s transformation from patient to IBD advocate.
In 2010, IDEAS will:
- Send children suffering from IBD to summer camp
- Provide funds for youth suffering from IBD to complete Counselor-in-Training programs
- Provide major grant funding for research to find a cure for IBD
- Conduct patient education days in partnership with childrens’ hospitals
- Promote IBD and ostomy awareness campaigns like No Guts Know Glory, IBD Adventures and Uncover Ostomy
Please support the important work of IDEAS by making a donation through Canada Helps. You will receive an income tax receipt for all donations greater than $20.
The No Guts Know Glory Everest Expedition and the IBD Adventures Everest Base Camp Trek are made possible by the generous support of Abbott Laboratories and ConvaTec. Their financial contributions will help put the teams on the ground in Nepal in late March 2010. Your donations will help IDEAS send kids to summer camp, fund research for an IBD cure and end the social stigma of living with an intestinal disease through ongoing education and awareness.
For more information and to contact the IDEAS office, send an e-mail to info @ weneedideas.com or phone 604 568 8499.
Checks can be mailed to:
Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS)
#521 119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, V5L 2N4