IDEAS for Kids

IDEAS for Kids

IDEAS for Kids
IDEAS for Kids

Although you may be the only person you know with an intestinal disease, it’s estimated 25% of Canadians suffer from some form of intestinal disease. At The North American Intestinal Disease Education & Awareness Society (IDEAS), we understand that intestinal disease is especially difficult for young people, who may be afraid to talk to their friends, parents, teachers or classmates about their health.

This website is designed to provide support, education and resources for children, teenagers and parents who are affected by intestinal disease. IDEAS believes in supporting the abilities of people with intestinal disease, and educating patients, their families and their communities through public events and resources like this website.

Each section of this site provides resources geared towards the needs of children, teens, or parents. We appreciate the hard work of all the other organizations and websites we link to, and hope you will too!

The North American Intestinal Disease Education & Awareness Society is a registered charity based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. IDEAS’ mission is to raise awareness of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders through education and public campaigns, with a focus on ability, rather than disability.

US Statistics on Intestinal Diseases

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

There are about 1.4 million people in the U.S. who have IBD, and at least 150,000 of them are under the age of 17.
About 30,000 new cases of Crohn’s and colitis are diagnosed each year
Most people diagnosed with Crohn’s disease are young, between the ages of 15 and 35
However, Crohn’s disease can also occur in people who are 70 or older and in young children as well. In fact, 10% of those affected—or an estimated 100,000—are under the age of 18
Males and females appear to be affected equally
More Caucasians than people from other racial groups develop ulcerative colitis
The disease tends to occur more often in Jews (largely of Eastern European ancestry) than in people of non-Jewish descent
Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases found mainly in developed countries, more commonly in urban areas rather than rural ones, and more in northern climates than in southern ones.
Up to 20% of people with Crohn’s disease have a first-degree relative (first cousin or closer) with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. More…

Everest South Summit

Everest South Summit

Everest South Summit, Rob Hill stood on top of Mount Everest’s South Summit and became the first person living with an ostomy, the result of Crohn’s Disease, to reach the highest peak on each of the seven continents. Rob’s No Guts Know Glory campaign to raise awareness of intestinal disease and ostomy was a huge success. Together with IDEAS, Rob raised enough money to meet his research funding commitment to the University of British Columbia — which is already making ground-breaking discoveries UBC study: Microbiota fend off intestinal infections!

“I’m very pleased to raise money for research,” said Rob. “When we started IDEAS almost 10 years ago, we created a mandate to increase the quality of life for people living with inflammatory bowel disease in North America. Research plays a vital role in that mandate. We’re proud to be a part of the IDEAS research centre at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.”

Rob’s No Guts Know Glory Everest Expedition was one of the first to leverage social media to share the climbing story online with a global audience. This was made possible through partnership with expedition partners Abbott Laboratories and ConvaTec. We used videos, photos and words to share the personal-side of climbing with an ostomy. You can read the summit day live blog, and all of the expedition blog posts using the archives feature on your right.

Although the climbs are complete, the fundraising and awareness work of IDEAS continues. Please donate today to help IDEAS find a cure for inflammatory bowel disease and increase the quality of life for people living through these debilitating illnesses. Please donate online now, or if you’d prefer, send a cheque to the IDEAS office:


#521 – 119 West Pender Street

Vancouver, BC, V5L 2N4

All donations over $20 will receive a Canadian tax receipt for charitable giving. For more information on IDEAS and its programs, Donate

Group Photos of Youth Rally 2011 Campers and Counselors

Youth Rally

Dissimilarities are what make us individuals; they maintain our way of life and our cultural relationships intriguing and diversified. However it is frequently challenging to see your own differences in an optimistic frame of mind, and feeling completely different from class mates and buddies can additionally distance youths from their mates.

Youth Rally Camp is committed to offering an optimistic environment of self help, discovering, as well as personal development for teens with intestinal and/or bladder inability. Each and every year the Youth Rally Camp educates campers that everyone, no matter what any healthcare or actual physical variations, makes a difference as a individual and has the capacity to attain their dreams.

As a result of kind the assistance of organizations in addition to their members, individual and corporate sponsors, and the WOCN, the Youth Rally Camp has become a productive program for more than 25 years. Youth Rally Camp depends on new and ongoing fiscal assistance from organizations and folks to be able to adequately prepare, coordinate and run the Youth Rally. Ongoing help from its family and friends has made it possible for the Youth Rally to go on to give its young campers having a fantastic ambiance of development, learning, love, and compassion.

Week Of Fun And Learning For Kids With Ostomies, Urostomies, and J-Pouches.

For over 30 years the Youth Rally has been a place for young people ages 11 to 17 with ostomies and continent diversions, or who are preparing for surgery, to come together and meet other young people who deal with similar life experiences.

You do not have to feel that you are the only kid or teenager with an ostomy or continent diversions? Do you have questions and concerns that no one can help you with, you don’t know anyone else with an ostomy? Here is your opportunity to meet other young adults just like you, and have a great time doing it!

What is it?

For young people ages 11 to 17 who have or may need an ostomy, continent diversion, and other bowel or bladder disorders.


  • Sessions on personal hygiene, sexuality, self-esteem, self care.
  • Swimming, softball, volleyball, skating and other sports.
  • Dances, picnics, crafts, sightseeing, hiking, outings and other recreational activities.
  • Peer support and sharing.

When is it?

July 9 to 14, 2012

Where is it?

University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado

Who is it?

The Young Adult Conference is for people between ages 11 to 17 that:

  • Have an ileostomy, colostomy, or urostomy.
  • Have a continent ostomy procedure (including J-Pouch).
  • Have IBD.

The organization sponsoring the Conference is:

Youth Rally Committee, Inc

424 Bradford Avenue

Westmont, NJ 08108

How much does it cost?

$425 per person, includes room and board, transportation to and from the airport and activity fees (some special individual activities may require an additional admission fee).

How do I apply?

2012 Youth Rally Campter Application

Where can I get more information?

Youth Rally

c/o Linda Aukett

424 Bradford Ave

Westmont, NJ 08108

Tel: 856-854-3737

Fax: 856-854-5637

[email protected]