April 8, 2013
Dear IIF Follower:
I am proudly writing to inform you of our latest project. The IIF team has been working hard to establish a scholarship fund dedicated to easing the financial burdens that students and their families face as a result of their IBD.
We know that life with IBD is not easy. Students are often forced to make the difficult decisions of withdrawing from classes in lieu of the cost of testing, treatments and recovery. The monetary implications of IBD can be compounded further as it frequently takes a student additional time to complete their degree.
One of our missions is to award scholarships to college aged students suffering from moderate to severe IBD. Thus we have launched the Intense Intestines Scholarship Program (“IISP”) and we are eager to fulfill our mission.
As of today, I am very pleased to announce that we are officially accepting applications for IISP. Applications can be found on the IIF website, by clicking the link found at the bottom of this page.
At the same time, we need your help spreading the word about our scholarship program. We are asking our friends, families, colleagues and supporters to reach out and share our drive and passion in making the IISP a success.
I thank you in advance for your support in the coming months as we begin IISP’s journey. We are very excited to hear from applicants and to read their stories. With your help we can keep the IISP going and growing for many years to come.
Now that we have officially begun 2013, all of us at the IIF wanted to take a quick look back at our first full year of operation. It was a year in which we all learned a lot, and all of us are looking forward to applying what we learned and helping even more IBD and ostomy patients in 2013.
In our first year of raising Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ostomy awareness we were able to fundraise over $10,000 in order start the IIF, create the resources needed and begin to create the Intense Intestines Scholarship, to help young adults reach their higher education goals.
We held events throughout the year which included:
- The Climb for Crohn’s & Colitis, climbing event (World IBD Day, May 19th)
- The Comedy for Crohn’s & Colitis Event, featuring the Chris and Paul Show (July 28th)
- Bring Your Baggage, World Ostomy Day Event (October 6th)
- IIF Bike Ride From New York City to Boston (October 26th-28th)
- Strike Down Crohn’s & Colitis, bowling event (Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week, Dec 2nd)
All of these events led us to meet incredible people and we were able to reach new IIF followers who weren’t even aware of IBD or ostomies. In 2013 we have even more planned in order to raise awareness with events like the ones above and more. Including a great Never Stay Quiet campaign to raise even more awareness for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ostomies.
Here are some videos from 2012
During 2012, we didn’t just hold events either. We were given incredible opportunities to be featured in magazines like the back cover of Crohn’s Advocate, the The City That Works feature and Brian Greenberg appeared on New Channel 12 CT for a segment called 12 on Health to raise IBD awareness.
We’re ready for the start of 2013 and are excited to say that we will soon be fully 501(c)(3) certified by the Internal Revenue Service. This will allow us to run as fully tax exempt nonprofit and will allow our contributors to get the write offs which they deserve for helping us in our mission of helping others.
As the IIF continues to grow, we’ll be sure to continue to bring you more good news. We can’t wait to see where 2013 will take all of us and what will be in store. All of us are passionate and can’t wait to carry out our mission for another year. We get incredible satisfaction by helping others with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ostomies. Nothing will stop us from doing everything we can to make the lives of others with these diseases better.
Never Stay Quiet!
This past winter the Intense Intestines had the great honor of being profiled in The City That Helps Magazine. It was something that we weren’t expecting, but when the opportunity presented itself, we were excited to be a part of the issue.
The City That Helps is a magazine that specializes in local nonprofits in the Fairfield and Westchester county areas. Some of the organizations that we were next to in this issue were the Boy and Girls Club of Stamford, St. Lukes Lifeworks, and the National MS Society. To be next to these nonprofits and others was an incredible privilege for the Intense Intestines Foundation.
You can read the issue at the link we’ve supplied below. We hope that you take a look at this great profile on us at the I.I.F. and we hope to have more opportunities like this in the future.
Never Stay Quiet