The Great Bowel Movement

Rating: 5 stars   28 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: Chicago IL USA

Mission: The Great Bowel Movement is a social awareness movement with the goals of empowering patients associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, as well as J-Pouch and Ostomy, to embrace their disease, be proud of their experience, and spread awareness throughout their communities. The Great Bowel Movement produces trendy “Ask Me” t-shirts designed to be worn out and about, and initiates conversations about IBD. It opens doors to conversations with colleagues or strangers, empowers those who wear them, and creates role models out of those who have overcome, or are overcoming, the challenges of living with chronic illness, who live their lives happily and successfully.
Results: To date, we've distributed over 1000 shirts to empowered patients, including a handful of free SponsorShirts to those who are out there going above and beyond to live their lives as examples and spread awareness. Over the past two years, we've donated to a variety of IBD and ostomy related charities as a result of our t-shirt sales. We're currently working with a team to develop more programs and resources to continue our mission of IBD awareness.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The GBM is an excellent organization dedicated to raising awareness for IBD and providing the community with the latest IBD news and research. They are very creative in their mission shown in their awareness T-shirts and have a non-stop passion for helping those with IBD. Very highly recommend.

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Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2014

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4 people found this review helpful

I "celebrate" my 10 year diagnosis of IBD next year. Great Bowel Movement was a part of my journey to acceptance living with it. Not only does this non-profit use their merchandise as a great opportunity to provide awareness & promote acceptance, but they spend each day trying to educate others feature others blogs on their websites, educational & relevant material for those just newly diagnosed, a "seasoned" patient or a family member/loved one just trying to gain better understanding.

I've gotten to know each of the staff a little more each month & I could not be more excited for what is in store for each of them and each of the people they serve, with or without IBD. Not only are they each professionals dealing with Crohn's or colitis, but they take the time to chat individually and ensure they are able to provide the educational resources you may need.

Not to mention, they have figuratively the BIGGEST hearts in the world. If I have to live 10 more years on earth with this disease, I'm certainly glad to have GBM in my corner.

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As a IBD researcher, I love that The Great Bowel Movement not only enables people to share their experiences with Crohn's and colitis but that GBM promotes and gives back to other IBD-related charities. I interact with IBD patients in several states and I'm always excited to see them wearing "Ask me about my colitis/Crohn's/J-pouch" t-shirts. Their website not only gives patients a forum to ask questions, but is excellent at phrasing IBD patients' concerns in a way that can give non-patients a way to relate to our disease.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them a way to have an even larger forum, reach more people.

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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2 people found this review helpful

As a medical professional, I find that The Great Bowel Movement encompasses so many aspects of IBD. My patients really find the information that they receive useful and a great support. Andrea and Megan are truly compassionate about this cause and it shows in all that they do. I am proud of these girls and grateful for all that they have done.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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3 people found this review helpful

As a therapist who sees those with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, I highly recommend this non profit as it chips away at the ever-present stigma of a lifelong disease that people have no control over getting. In our culture, we don't talk about the bathroom or or illnesses for that matter, and the GBM is changing that so that people don't have to suffer on silence. They instead can educate those around them and proudly talk about their journey with IBD which help others. Keep up the good work!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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