One year ago the first ever IBD Adventure successfully took all six participants to the summit of the world’s highest free-standing mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa.
You can read the trip blog here. In just 12 short months, the IBD Adventures program in support of IDEAS has raised almost $50,000 for important programs including research to find a cure for Crohn’s and Colitis, financial support for children and youth to attend summer camp programs and financial support for young adults to undergo counselor in training programs so they can better mentor children who share similar medical histories.
As you read this, the third trip, the West Coast Trail is drawing to a close. We’ve also taken seven courageous individuals to Everest Base Camp in the spring of 2010. In the process, trekkers have spoken to thousands of individuals about inflammatory bowel disease and ostomies, raising awareness of the issues people living with these conditions face every day, and eliminating the stigma that is associated with “diseases in the bathroom.”
There will be more opportunities to participate with IBD Adventures in the near future: another West Coast Trail trek will be offered next year, very likely in September as well as another chance to change attitudes with altitude by trekking to a high altitude international destination. If you’d like more information about the program please contact info @ weneedideas.com.
To make a donation to support the trekkers, please click here to donate now through Canada Helps, or send a cheque to:
Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS)
#521 119 West Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, V6B 1S5
Every day children and young adults struggle with their disease and its wide range of symptoms – their own personal mountain. We trek for them.