Great Comebacks, sponsored by ostomy supplier Convatec, announced their regional award recipients in mid-October.

If you don’t know already, Great Comebacks is a recognition for the achievements of individuals overcoming serious intestinal diseases, cancer, and other health conditions leading to ostomy surgery. The chairman of Great Comebacks is former San Diego place-kicker and Ulcerative Colitis patient Rolf Benirschke.

Great comebacks also participates and partners with many related groups including the United Ostomy Associations of America, Crohns & Colitis Foundation (CCFA), Intestinal Disease Education and Awareness Society (IDEAS) and several others.

Here are links to the regional winners, for each of their biographies on the Great Comebacks site:

• South: David Barger
• Central: Yvonne Austin
• East: Linda Pasto
• West: Charles (Chuck) Wielgus

This recognition, announced in October 2010, will also honor these four folks on June 4th, 2011 as one is chosen for the National Award at the 43rd WOCN (Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses) Annual Conference in New Orleans.

Let’s hope their stories may help serve as awareness, inspiration and encouragement for those who are facing Ostomy surgery!

ConvaTec is an ostomy supplier providing numerous lines of pouches, wafers, and appliances to improve the quality of life of ostomy patients. See the Ostomy Guide ConvaTec Product Catalog for a list of products and associated codes, including the popular Convatec Stomahesive paste.