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
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 West Coast Trail team. Follow Phil on Twitter:@phobus
Hi, my name is Aaron Abels. I am 25, and a graduate of the Broadcasting Program at Mount Royal University in Calgary Alberta. Living with an Ostomy since the age of 7, I met Rob Hill as a camper at Easter Seals Camp Horizon when I was 12. Rob and I have become like brothers over the years and I have always wanted to join him on one of his IBD adventures. Now I finally can, and I get to use my education to help raise awareness by filming a documentary about people with ostomies hiking the West Coast Trail.
John Brennan is a physician who will be doing the hike with his wife Lynn and youngest son Nolan. Inflammatory bowel disease is a regular part of his professional and personal life as his oldest son has had Ulcerative Colitis for many years. Dr. Brennan believes that IBD will be cured in his lifetime and is honoured to take part in this hike and fundraising.
In his spare time John is very active in many outdoor activities and has completed many marathons and Triathlons, including Ironman. He practises a combination of Family, Sports, Occupational, and Emergency medicine.
Lynn Brennan is the mother of three boys. She will be completing the hike with her husband John and youngest son Nolan. The hike was initiated for Nolan’s birthday trip with us. It was a bonus that it is a fundraiser for IBD as our oldest son has it and successfully carries on with life. Our family is happy to support future research and development for IBD
Lynn is a former elementary teacher who enjoys many athletic endeavours. She is looking forward to the challenge of the hike and the beauty of the area
I am getting excited for this trip!
A short Bio of me would be:
– I love the outdoors
– Biking, canoeing and fishing are my favourite activities outside
– I have a BA and BEd from Nipissing University
– I like learning about history
– Currently working for the Ontario Gov’t
– I grew up with two other brothers. My parents are joining me on this trip for my 25th birthday (was in Feb not during the trip)
– I don’t really have many dislikes
Gill Poole Hi, my name is Gillian (Gill) Poole and I will be one your guides for this awesome trip.. I have been guiding for Sea to Sky expeditions for the past five summers. During the winters I am a Nordic ski instructor, snowshoe guide, host and basically anything my boss requires up at Cypress Bowl near Vancouver. I also guide-instruct school groups in the outdoors during the spring and fall. I am looking forward to our hike together, the great times we will create and all the laughter.