Suffering from IBD can give way to a sense of hopelessness since the diseases are incurable. With the embarrassing symptoms of a flare up, that may cause students to cancel plans with friends and end up spending more time alone and isolated with no one to talk to who can relate. Purple Buddies is a program that connects pediatric patients hospitalized due to IBD to other students with IBD, potentially building lifelong friendships and everlasting memories. Service hours needed for high school graduation will be awarded for patient hospital visits.
Must be 18 years old or younger and must have IBD to participate in the Purple Buddies program.