Paul Young – I’m Going to Talk About Me


Note: Paul Young wrote about his experiences for The Urological Foundation in the United Kingdom Paul Young is an award winning stand up comedian and writer who has written for shows including Top Gear, Miranda, and Not Going Out. He works under the stage name of Paul Kerensa. I’m Going to Talk About Me By Paul Young…

Kaitlin Morris – Finding Bravery in Unexpected Places


Note: I first met Kaitlin, when I came to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia to speak at the 2010 BEECH Australian Community Conference in June, 2010 – Thomas Exler YouTube: Mrs. Morris  Finding Bravery in Unexpected Places By Kaitlin Morris Hi there, I am Kaitlin (Sheedy) Morris,  I was born on April 15, 1992 with classic…

2018 Courage to Shine™ – 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…

Emily Kohlman – Turning Scars Into Beauty Marks


Note: In 2014 Emily wrote a blog for Courage to Shine™ the following is  an update to that blog from 2014 with can be found here:  Emily Broeren Kohlman – My Journey!!! Turning Scars Into Beauty Marks By Emily Kohlman My husband and I met at four years old at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, scheduled to…

Kylee Hunter- You Can Call Me “Smiley Kylee”


You Can Call Me “Smiley Kylee”  By Kylee Hunter You know your life will be interesting when one of the first words out of the doctor’s mouth at your birth is, “I think that’s a bladder”. My name is Kylee Hunter, I’m almost 18, and I was born with bladder exstrophy, a rare birth defect that…

The 2019 B.E.S.T. (Bladder Exstrophy Support Team) Campout


Friday, August 2 – Sunday, August 4, 2019 Location: Campground By The Lake, South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA Address: 1150 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA IF you’d like to stay in a hotel, accommodations are close by.  Hotel Azure Tahoe  – This hotel is very nice and it’s almost across the street from the…

2019 A-BE-C Great Lakes Chapter 11th Annual Summer Campout


2019 A-BE-C Great Lakes Chapter 11th Annual Summer Campout Friday, July 26 to Sunday, July 28, 2019 – You are invited to join us for a weekend campout with families dealing with bladder exstrophy, cloacal exstrophy, epispadias and hypospadias.  This is a great way to connect with other families, share in similar experiences and know…

Jon Pierroz – Adversity to Triumph


Jon Pierroz – Adversity to Triumph   Jon Pierroz interview by Courage to Shine™ and he just got married this month. Classic Bladder Exstrophy Email to Jon: Jon@courage-to-shine.org Please read Courage-to-Shine.org disclaimer!                    

Mindi Plumley Thayer – Triumphing Over Exstrophy


Triumphing Over Exstrophy By Mindi Plumley Thayer I was born on April 17, 1982 at 3:43 pm. I was the first child of two for my parents Dale and Nina Plumley. At birth the doctors thought I had a hernia. When they went in to repair the hernia they discovered that I had classic bladder exstrophy….

Rachel Fisher – Turning Fear Into Confidence


Turning Fear Into Confidence By Rachel Fisher, My name is Rachel Fisher, I’m 23 years old and I was born with classic bladder exstrophy.  My life began in New Bern, North Carolina in 1992.  My medical experience started with an immediate closure, reclosure and bladder neck reconstruction.  Unfortunately, at age four I developed blockages in…

Jessica Sanchez – Embracing Bladder Exstrophy


Embracing Bladder Exstrophy By Jessica Sanchez My name is Jessica Sanchez.  I am 26 years old, born and raised in Washington State and I was born with classic bladder exstrophy.  But bladder exstrophy is not who I am, it’s just a part of me.  I am a daughter, a sister, a mother, a wife, a…

2016 International Exstrophy Conference In Oklahoma City, OK, USA


Friday July 8 – Sunday July 10, 2016 Save the dates: July 8-10, 2016! Plan to join the A-BE-C community of families and health care providers for three days in Oklahoma City this coming July! The 2016 event is hosted by A-BE-C in partnership with the University of Oklahoma Children’s Physicians. Venue Details coming soon Oklahoma City, OK United…

The 2016 B.E.S.T. (Bladder Exstrophy Support Team) Campout


Friday August 5 to Sunday August  7, 2016 Location: Campground By The Lake, South Lake Tahoe, CA, USA Address: 1150 Rufus Allen Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150, USA IF you’d like to stay in a hotel, accommodations are close by.  Inn by the Lake – This hotel is very nice and it’s almost across the street…

Emily Broeren Kohlman – My Journey!!!


By Emily Broeren First and foremost, my name is Emily Rose Broeren.  I am 23 years old, 5 foot 4, and have blonde hair and blue eyes.  I was born and raised in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, but now live in Massillon, Ohio.  My family means a great deal to me and are some of the most…

Kirsteen Lupton Plop – Pride of Britain


Editors Note:  Kristeen Lupton will be toured the USA in 2014.  She attended the Association of Bladder Exstrophy Community (ABC) Great Lakes Chapter Campout July 25-26, 2014,  and attended the California Bladder Exstrophy Support Team (BEST) Campout August 1 -3 2014. By Kristeen Lupton Plop Hey, my name is Kirsteen Lupton Plop, I am twenty years…

World Rare Disease Day – February 28, 2013


The Association for the Bladder Exstrophy Community (ABC) for the first time has become a partner for World Rare Disease Day in the USA. – WORLD RARE DISEASE DAY – FEBRUARY 28, 2013 For more information click on the fliers below are go to http://rarediseaseday.us/                  Bladder Exstrophy is one of about 7,000 rare diseases listed by NORD (National…

Courage to Shine™ – Tour III – Spain – November 2012


Courage to Shine™ – Tour III – Spain – ASEXVE Medical Conference, Avila, Spain – November 23-25, 2012 News Release: Courage to Shine™ Team to Attend ASEXVE Medical Conference in Avila, Spain from November 23 –25, 2012 In early 2012, Thomas Exler and Mist Blue Foster were invited to attend and to speak at the ASEXVE (Asociación española…