Courage to Shine™ Stories

Newest Stories:

Rachel Jury – Rocking2Stomas.co.uk

By Rachel Jury

My name is Rachel, and I am a 31-year-old woman from the UK who has been ill now for 10 years. I am a proud double ostomate with a permanent urostomy and ileostomy! It has been a journey, to say the least not just physically but emotionally, mentally and spiritually. I have gone through stages of hopelessness, feeling lost, alone and in self-pity. To now finding gratitude for my illness, helping others and building a career based on my experiences.

To see more go to: Rachel Jury – Rocking2Stomas.co.uk

Emily & Cameron Kohlman & Family

To see more go to: Emily Kohlman – Turning Scars Into Beauty Marks

Awards:

2018 Courage to Shine™ – Lisha Martinez & Adam Young Award – Thomas McKeon Ludlow – June 9, 2018

13-Year-Old Tommy Ludlow Receives Courage To Shine™ Award

Tommy Ludlow, the young recipient of the this year’s Courage to Shine award is already inspiring others to turn challenge into opportunity. Tommy received the honor, in part, because he is by all available accounts the first bladder exstrophy patient to hike to Mt. Everest Base Camp.

The 12-day journey to an elevation of 17,600 feet, is no small feat and Tommy had to overcome unique challenges. The burden of carrying medical supplies was lightened thanks to sponsorship from CompactCath. Tommy got hypothermia during the trip and he couldn’t use the medication everyone else did for more oxygen. But he and his family never gave up.

To view more go to: 2018 Courage to Shine™ – Lisha Martinez & Adam Young Award – Thomas McKeon Ludlow – June 9, 2018

Featured Stories:

Bladder Exstrophy:

Alice Ambrose
Alice Ambrose
Michael Dickman
Michael Dickman
Enrique Escajada
Enrique Escajada
Thomas Exler
Thomas Exler

 

 

 

 

Rachel Fisher
Rachel Fisher
Tom Flood
Tom Flood
Brittney Freeman
Brittney Freeman
Kylee Hunter
Kylee Hunter
Emily Broeren Kohlman
Emily Broeren Kohlman

 

 

 

 

Joshua Kusnick
Joshua Kusnick
Kristeen Lupton
Kristeen Lupton – Plop
Tommy Ludlow

 

 

 

 

Tyle Lyle
Tyle Lyle
 Vika and Natalia Mayorova
Vika and Natalia Mayorova
Caelin Mooney
Caelin Mooney
Leonard Newton
Leonard Newton

 

 

 

 

Jon Pierroz
Jon Pierroz
Jan Rankin
Jan Rankin
Jessica Sanchez
Jessica Sanchez
Mindi Plumley Thayer
Mindi Plumley Thayer

Cloacal Exstrophy:

James Cole
James Cole
Matt Elkins
Matt Elkins
Misty Blue Foster
Misty Blue Foster

 

 

 

 

Spencer Kimbro

 

Other Birth Defects:

Jamie Holmes
Jamie Holmes-Ward
Misty Blue Foster
Kiersten Kelly
Kiersten Kelly

Other Diseases:

Joanna Burgess
Joanna Burgess
Lowell Evans
Lowell Evans
Rachel Jury
Erin Kavanagh
Erin Kavanagh
Amy Oestreicher
Amy Oestreicher

 

 

 

 

Megg Rose
Megg Rose
Jearlean Taylor
Jearlean Taylor

Courage to Shine™ Tours

Courage to Shine™ Tour IV = USA – July/August 2014

Courage to Shine™ Tour III – Spain – November 2012

Courage to Shine™ Tour II – England/Iceland – April/May 2011

Courage to Shine™ Tour I – Australia – June 2010