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Four granted Great Comebacks® Award

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ASCRS seeks nominations for 2011 Community Impact Award

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Four granted Great Comebacks® Awards,
as ASCRS becomes program partner

The Great Comebacks® Program has granted four regional awards to recognize inspirational achievements of people who have overcome serious intestinal diseases, colorectal cancer, and other conditions that can lead to ostomy surgery. ASCRS this year became a partner in the awards program.

2010 regional award recipients are:

  • South: David Barger, 51, Panama City, FL;
  • Central: Yvonne Austin, 44, Grove city, OH;
  • East: Linda Pasto, RN, 57, Ithaca, NY;
  • West: Charles (Chuck) Wielgus, 60, Colorado Springs, CO.

By sharing their stories, Great Comebacks® recipients provide support and encouragement to millions of patients affected by these debilitating conditions or facing ostomy surgery,” says Rolf Benirschke, former San Diego Chargers place-kicker, ulcerative colitis patient, and chairman of the Great Comebacks® Program. “Through their voices, and those of our many partners, our goal is also to change the misperceptions about these diseases and life with an ostomy.”

Rolf Benirschke

Rolf Benirschke

On June 4, 2011, one of the four regional award recipients will be honored as the National Great Comebacks® Award recipient at the 43rd Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN) Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

The awards are sponsored by ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, in partnership with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), the United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA), the Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS), WOCN, and—joining the partnership this year—the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).
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