Why We Run

“Speaking Out Changes Lives” World Ostomy Day 2018

  •  Raise funds for the UOAA charity cause of ostomy awareness, education and support
  • Increase awareness about ostomy and continent diversion surgery in the US and abroad
  •   Encourage positive dialogue
  •   Generate excitement and hope
  •   Encourage those who have had ostomy or continent diversion surgery to get involved in events and organizations that make a difference in their lives

How We Started

Wanna Wear One to Run for Resilience: 

As WOC nurses, Lara Leininger of UNC Health Care and Angela Richardson of Duke University Health System strive every day to raise the level of awareness regarding ostomy care, not just with patients and healthcare providers, but with everyone that they meet.  This passion for their work, and a desire to teach even more people about ostomy care, led Lara and Angela to devise, design, and launch the first annual WannaWearOne (WWO) Ostomy AWEARness 5k set for October 4th, 2014.  Sadly, most people in the community at large are not familiar with ostomies or perceive ostomies as something that limits peoples’ daily lives.  We want this race to be a big step toward changing these perceptions. 

The run was renamed the Run for Resilience Ostomy 5k to reflect the quality of resilience that is universal in all those who have had this life-saving surgery. It is now in it’s 5th year and has spread to nine runs around the U.S. and a Worldwide Virtual 5k.

The Run for Resilience Ostomy 5K aims to provide a fun, community-driven experience that also serves as a platform for teaching people that ostomies do not limit peoples’ lives, but in fact can improve them – allowing people to get back to healthy daily living, activities they love and most importantly…LIFE!