Iceland Trail 2018 IDEAS Team Trekkers
Robert Hill is the inspiration behind the No Guts Know Glory 7 Summits campaign. Diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 23, having had ostomy surgery several years later to remove his diseased colon, Rob made a commitment to raise awareness of intestinal disease by traveling to far places and climbing to extreme heights. You can read more about Rob’s amazing personal story Rob Hill Story. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter: @roberthillclimb E-mail: rob @ weneedideas.ca
Andrea MansonYou can help me reach my goal of $7800.00! I am challenging myself in August to complete a 78 km trek in Iceland.
The goal of the trek is to raise money and awareness of Ostomies and the Ostomy community. The donations I receive with go to Ostomy Canada, a national non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to all people with an ostomy, and their families, helping them live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration and advocacy. www.ostomycanada.ca.
Why this challenge you ask? Well, let me enlighten you as I know you are wondering why I would choose to spend one week walking 78 km in rain, sun and other types of weather, sleeping in a sleeping bag on a hard bed in an unheated hut, not showering, eating freeze-dried foods and drinking warm beer or no beer or wine at all versus at a resort drinking pina coladas in the sunshine?
My main 2 reasons are:
This is a memory trek. My mom, Helen Manson, one of the first ET’s in BC passed away last October. She was a pioneer in the field of ostomy care. She started the ostomy clinics at St Paul’s Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital and then she started our clinic, Ostomy Care and Supply Centre. She saw a need that people needed continued care for their ostomy throughout life. She was also very involved in Ostomy Canada at a local level starting many local self-help chapters of Ostomy Canada throughout BC. I admire her strength and tenacity to bring awareness of the needs to people throughout BC living with an ostomy and their families to health professionals and the general public. This trek is for my mom!
I trekked Kilimanjaro in 2009 with Rob Hill and his charity IDEAS (Intestinal Disease Awareness and Education). It was amazing in so many ways! The trek, the people, the personal growth experience. I know it will be an amazing experience again. I am now several years older (maybe not wiser) and this trek will be another challenge, can I do it? Everyday at our clinic I see people who are going through personal and physical challenges. I am humbled by their dignity and resilience and strength to go through their journey. This trek is to honour them.
Thank you for helping me reach my goal and for helping people in Canada living with an ostomy!
Ágúst, from Reykjavík – Iceland, got an ostomy in 2008 and has been quite active ever since. Two years into having ostomy he went to the Alps and did blogs and video blogs about that journey, you can see all about it on hgoingup2010.wordpress.com. Ágúst is a mountaineer and works as a guide in Iceland and is planning to be the guide for this great adventure. He is really looking forward to have fun with people with similar life experiences and zest for life.
Rob and Ágúst are like brothers of another mother and Rob have been pleading Ágúst to join him, for years. Now, finally, for Rob, Ágúst can participate.
Krista Olson I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in December 2010. Currently, I am taking Humira and have been in remission for about 1year now. Hiking has become my new hobby since 2016 when I needed an escape from the stresses of dealing with IBD. Having grown up with a childhood full of outdoor adventures, hiking was something that I naturally took to. I am very involved with my local Crohn’s and Colitis Canada support group and help with various fundraising events. My new mission is to go on as many adventure travels as possible, all around the world, to help generate awareness for these diseases that affect so many Canadians.
Kevin Ram I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the groovy age of 12 and shortly after, had my entire colon removed to live with an ileostomy. Flash forward 15 years, I now have a j-pouch and live comfortably at the even groovier age of 27. In 2012, I became the world’s first person with a j-pouch to summit Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa (on an IBD Adventure), despite medical orders of several specialists. I’m stubborn and I take care of myself but I won’t let my condition take over my life. I was a recipient of the Abbvie scholarship, modeling leadership and activism for other youth living with C&C. I enjoy the active lifestyle, getting outdoors into the great west coast whenever I can and I thank not only Rob Hill but Camp Canada for helping me rise above my illness.
Jeremy Wilson Jeremy Wilson: “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to knowing Rob while attempt to avoid work, since way back in the early 90’s. I’m originally from Langley, BC, spent the better part of this millennium exploring the mountains of Japan and now residing in the flat lands of Dallas Texas. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to join Rob on a couple of his No Guts Know Glory treks, first to Kilimanjaro and then Everest base camp. Rob’s kind soul and adventurous spirit has been an inspirational and I’m excited to be able to join him and help raise awareness of IBD on his next trek down the Yukon river.“
Phil, from Richmond, BC, met Rob in 1993 when they both worked at Motorola. After following Rob’s Seven Summits campaign with great interest, Phil joined the No Guts Know Glory Mount Everest bid as a trekker. With his love for outdoor adventure, Phil took his support of IBD Adventures to the summit of Kilimanjaro in September 2009, to Mount Everest Base Camp in 2010, and now as part of the IBD Adventures Yukon River Team. Follow Phil on Twitter:@phobus. Follow Phil on Twitter:@phobus