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Run for ostomies, raise awareness at WannaWearOne Ostomy 5K

We are less than a month away from World Ostomy Day and with that comes the 2nd Annual WannaWearOne Ostomy AWEARness 5K! And the original race started right here in my backyard in Durham, NC, but this year there are 2 more events in Kingsport, TN, and Portland, OR.

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This is truly a one-of-a-kind event that is meant to raise awareness for ostomies. It started as a joint event between two of the hospitals in the area where people tried wearing an ostomy bag to learn a little more about what it is like to have one. It has since morphed into a race that raises money that goes towards the UOAA and ostomy awareness and support.

Keeping with that theme, one of the unique parts of this race is that all race gear bags come with an ostomy bag. Those without ostomies are encouraged to wear the bag during the race and even have the option of filling the bag with items like applesauce and pudding to give participants a small glimpse into what it feels like to wear an ostomy bag.

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Here is all the information you need to register. Whether you are able to attend or do the virtual race, you can still be a part of the event. Even if you are unable to run, please consider donating towards the goal of spreading awareness and providing help for those living with an ostomy.

I will be out at the Durham event this year and little Waylon will be supporting the cause, too! We’d love to get to see you. If you have any questions, you can reach out to the coordinators through the website, or feel free to email me and I’ll help however I can. Or you can email me to simply let me know if you’re coming! I hope I get the chance to meet some of you.

2015 WannaWearOne Ostomy AWEARness 5K

Walk a day in my shoes, I mean ostomy bag…

It really makes me happy to hear about new ostomy awareness events. And there is a really awesome one coming up in just a couple of weeks. The first WannaWearOne Ostomy AWEARness 5k is happening right here in North Carolina! It’ll be on October 4 to coincide with World Ostomy Day.

One very unique part of this race is that ostomy bags are going to be given away as part of the race swag. It’s also an optional part of the run for those who do not have an ostomy to wear the bag! What I find really funny is, to top it off, they will have things like applesauce and pudding to fill the pouches to get a little better feel for what it’s like to wear an ostomy bag.

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And while I am so excited that this event is happening, it absolutely breaks my heart that I will not be able to run in it. It happens to land on the same day as a family member’s wedding that is out-of-state and has been planned since before this race was announced. But I did the next best thing and I have signed up for the Virtual Race! Basically, for anyone who cannot make it to North Carolina on race day, you can sign up to be a part of it virtually and run your own 5K and raise awareness and funds on your own.

It’s really exciting to see the word getting out there and I hope that this is the start of many of these type of events in the future. And I can say this, I will make sure to go ahead and put next year’s race on my calendar and I will be one of the first ones getting involved!

But for all of you, now go sign up! Especially if you’re in the Raleigh-Durham area or can make it out here for the race. I think it’s going to be a really great event because I know some awesome people are heading it up. But otherwise, sign up for the virtual run and we’ll all “get together” for a 5K that morning. And in the meantime, spread the word online by using #WannaWearOne!