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A unifying feeling for many people after ostomy surgery is that they can again lead a full and productive life. The Great Comebacks® Program recognizes these inspirational individuals, both in their personal lives and in their contributions to their communities.
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Great Comebacks® is sponsored by ConvaTec 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), Youth Rally, the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses (WOCN) Society and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons (ASCRS).

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US Awards Program

Whether your dream is to start a business, make the varsity basketball team or teach kindergarten -- your journey can be an inspiration to others!

Each year, the Great Comebacks® Advisory Committee recognizes inspirational individuals of all ages who, by sharing their personal stories, give hope and encouragement so that others can reclaim their lives and pursue their dreams. Anyone who has overcome the challenges of living with serious intestinal diseases and ostomy surgery can share their story. Friends, family members and healthcare professionals can also nominate someone for an award.

We hope that you will share your story with us!

Thank you to everyone who applied for the 2013 Awards. We will be announcing the Awards Recipients in the coming weeks. We are now accepting applications for the 2014 Awards.

Great Comebacks® Awards – Four recipients (one each from the East, South, Central and West regions) are recognized during the fall, culminating in a national ceremony the following year where all four recipients are honored and the national recipient is named. To be considered for the Great Comebacks® Awards, please share your story using the online form.

Ina Brudnick Awards – Given in memory of pioneering stoma care nurse Ina Brudnick, four deserving students – also from the East, South, Central and West regions – are awarded $1,000 prizes during the fall. Students must be between the ages of 17 and 24, intend to pursue a higher education, and have undergone ostomy surgery and/or have Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. To be considered for the Ina Brudnick Awards, please share your story using the online form.

Comeback Kids® Awards – Four young people representing the East, South, Central and West regions who are between the ages of 7 and 16 and are leading active, productive lives while managing an ostomy or other bowel/bladder disorders are also recognized during the fall. Please share your story using the pdf form here.

The WOC Nurse Great Comebacks® Award - Recognizing the important role that nurses play in helping patients come back after ostomy surgery, each year the program also honors a WOC Nurse who has been instrumental in helping one of the recipients achieve their "Great Comeback." To help us honor their contribution, please include details about your WOC nurse in your story submission.

If you have any questions about the Awards, please contact us at greatcomebacks@convatec.com



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