I'd like to let you all know about a project going on right now over at A Hasty Life. Ashley is someone I've gotten to know through the blog world and she's a pretty terrific person. A year ago Ashley was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease and her project, The Purple Dress Project, is all about spreading awareness about Crohn's Disease.
The following is from The Purple Dress Project's info page:
In April I will be initiating the Purple Dress Project, an awareness and fundraising event for CCFA (Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.) You may know that I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease a year ago and endured a rough battle with it before having a colon resection last June. Before that surgery, I was in the emergency room every month with complications.
It was a terribly traumatic experience to go through, especially as I had just started a PhD program in Textile and Apparel Management. Prior to being diagnosed, I had never heard of Crohn’s Disease. While I was battling the disease, I felt alone knowing no one who had had the disease. And it wasn’t the easiest thing to talk to people about; there’s nothing less glamorous than discussing your bowels!
I would like to do what I can to help promote awareness for Crohn’s Disease and make it more acceptable to discuss the disease and its symptoms.
A fellow blogger, Amy Seiffert, initiated The Gray Dress Project to raise awareness for The Daughter Project. She is wearing the same gray dress for 6 months to help bring awareness to and eradicate sex trafficking. I would like to start a similar project (working title: The Purple Dress Project) to raise awareness for Crohn’s Disease.
The purple ribbon is symbolic for Crohn’s Disease so am choosing a purple dress to wear everyday during Crohn’s Disease Awareness Month in April. It will be a fun challenge to make that dress work every day and (I hope!) an unusual and fun way to bring awareness to the disease.
How can we all help? Well, it's pretty easy. You can donate here. Ashley's currently about 21% of the way to her goal of $5,000 and she needs our help!
You can also do what I'm doing and help spread the word. It's as easy as a simple blog post and maybe a tweet or two on Twitter. Every little bit helps.