2021 IFFGD Ally Award

All nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.

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Those who live with a chronic gastrointestinal disorder face many obstacles throughout their illness journey. During the tough, dark times, some of us are lucky and have someone that will step in without hesitation to provide support. We call those individuals Allies. An Ally is someone who unites themselves with another to promote a common interest. People who are allies are not only your helpers but also have a common interest with your health in mind.

It can be the neighbor that offers a smile every single day to show their support and willingness to help. A pharmacist who spends a little extra time to explain each medication. A nurse who ensures comfort with their level of care. A doctor who spends extra time answering every question to provide peace of mind. Or a family member who is an extraordinary caregiver day in and day out.

For some it is their job, but an ally will show acts of kindness out of the goodness of their heart. The 2021 IFFGD Ally Award allows the gastrointestinal community to take a moment to thank and acknowledge those who go above and beyond to ensure the needs of a patient living with gastrointestinal disorders are met.


To be eligible, an ally must be a person that you feel

  • Supports you through your GI illness journey
  • Helps to bring awareness to your GI condition, while also helping to amplify your voice to ensure that your health and personal needs are met.

An Ally can be a partner, caregiver, sibling, parent, other family member, friend, healthcare provider, pharmacist, teacher, student, boss, coworker, or any other person that you feel have gone above and beyond to support you.

Nomination Information

Nominations are to be submitted on behalf of the candidate along with one to two paragraphs with your reason for and clear examples as to why you are nominating your ally.

All nominations must be submitted by Tuesday, August 31st, 2021. The IFFGD Ally Award winners will be determined by a Selection Committee compromised of IFFGD Staff, IFFGD Board Directors and IFFGD PAC Members who will review nominations and determine the recipients. 

Ally Award Gala

Individuals who are nominated for IFFGD’s 2021 Ally Awards will be recognized, and the winners will be announced during the Ally Award Virtual Gala, which is to be held virtually on October 15th, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. EST.

For more information on the IFFGD Ally Awards, please contact IFFGD at:

Phone: 414-964-1799
Email: iffgd@iffgd.org

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