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
Paul Head Living in Vancouver, Paul met Rob early in 1994 thru mutual friends, and with along with the support of his Health Club, facilitated free workouts for No Guts Know Glory Team. Already working as a Guide at Cypress, Paul easily made the transition to join the Trekking Support Team in Rob’s 2008 Mount Everest Summit Bid. Following this, Paul joined the IBD Adventure Team to summit Kilimanjaro in September 2009, then back as the IBD Trek Team Leader to EBC, in support of Rob’s successful Everest Summit in 2010. He also was an IBD Team member, who took on, and completed the famed West Coast Trail in somewhat “damp” conditions. Paul looks forward to joining his fellow Team members on the Yukon River 2017 IBD Adventure while raising awareness and funds for IDEAS.
Autumn Lundy A little about me…Growing up I always knew I wanted to work with people, and hopefully, have a positive impact in others’ lives. Therefore, when looking at where my life would take me, I was drawn to the medical field and started my career working as an RN for about 6 years. With the need for continued growth and expansion of my horizons, I decided to make the move to ConvaTec, a medical technology company, working as a territory manager. This shift in my career has allowed me to combine both my business and people skills, all the while continuing to focus on helping patients in the critical care setting and with patients living with an ostomy. While learning about my ostomy role with ConvaTec, I met my colleague, and now good friend, Rob who mentored me and inspired me to become more involved in the Ostomy community. At the same time, a dear friend of mine named Sarah got diagnosed with bowel cancer and was given a colostomy. Needless to say, people living with bladder/bowel diseases and cancer had become a part of not only my career but also my personal life and I knew I needed to be a part of something bigger and to give back in some way. So to put it simply, when I heard about this canoe trip down the Yukon river I had to say yes! I’ve always been an adventurous soul with a burning desire to see the world; however, on this trip, I also have the opportunity to bring awareness to and support an amazing charity, which has perfectly aligned my passions and values. I can’t wait to go on this adventure to support patients living with an ostomy, and of course, my friend Sarah who continues to put up the toughest fight against cancer. Please help support this amazing charity as we canoe down the Yukon River from Whitehorse to Dawson City!
Hamish Macdonald Hamish Macdonald has known Rob Hill for the last eight years through their mutual friend Phil Wu. This will be Hamish’s first time participating on an IDEAS trek and is surprising many by stepping so far outside his comfort zone. Hamish is an urbanite who spends most of the fall, winter, and spring indoors, as he is an avid curler who currently serves as the Past President of the Vancouver Curling Club. “I have family members and friends who live with Crohn’s disease, and I am happy to bring attention to the work done by IDEAS while at the same time hoping to use this as an opportunity to push myself. We don’t grow unless we find new challenges.” Rob Hill Story. Don’t forget to follow him on Twitter:
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
John Lam and Sara Lam Hi we are the Lams, my name is John Lam and I am an Investment Specialist with Scotiabank where I help people with their financial plans. I first met Rob at Motorola in 1993. In 2008, I had planned to trek into Everest base camp with Rob but was unable to make the trip. Eventually, I had the privilege to serve on the board for ideas. In 2010, I was able to go on the West Coast Trail trek with Rob. It was an amazing trip. I see the importance of educating the public on the issues of Crohn’s disease and how it does not have to limit people living with Intestinal issues. I enjoy the outdoors and am glad to once again be able to join Rob in raising awareness for IDEAS.
Hi my name is Sara Lam I am a Resource Teacher at Cornerstone Christian Academy
My husband John has often talked about the IDEAS organization and shared its purpose and goals over the years. I’ve met Rob through John and have shared several meals with the two of them where there was much laughter. Rob is certainly a person who has the passion for helping others with Crohn’s disease and bringing awareness to the general public. I am looking forward to going to the Yukon for the first time, traveling with Rob and friends and also learning more about the IDEAS goals and mission. My hope is that l I can contribute and support IDEAS.