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The Simon Foundation

The Simon Foundation for Continence was founded by Cheryl B. Gartley in 1983 in the United States.

The mission of the Simon Foundation for Continence is to bring the topic of incontinence out into the open; to remove the stigma surrounding incontinence; and to provide help and hope to people with incontinence, their families, and the health professionals who provide their care.

The Foundations mission is supported by a governing board of directors and an advisory board of professionals, many who have dedicated their careers to improving the clinical treatment of incontinence and advancing medical science through bladder and bowel research.

Financially, the Foundation is sustained through educational grants, corporate contributions, sales of educational materials, and donations from individuals. The Simon Foundation is known throughout the world for its innovative educational projects and tireless efforts on behalf of people with loss of bladder and bowel control. Simon has led the way forward with many groundbreaking projects, for example: the first book written for laypersons, Managing Incontinence: A Guide to Living with the Loss of Bladder Control; an educational/support group, I Will Manage; the first television movie on incontinence, The Solution Starts with You; conferences on little explored but impactful subjects such asthe first International Conference on Prevention of Incontinence (London, England 1997) and the first Defeating Stigma in Healthcare Campaign, and the Innovation for Continence conference series; and also the new To Tell or Not To Tell Toolkit, an incontinence disclosure toolkit, just to name a few.

The Foundations President and Founder, Cheryl B. Gartley, was the first person with incontinence to speak publicly about the loss of bladder control. She has promoted continence with keynote speeches and interviews on prime time television in England, Germany, France, Japan, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout the United States and Canada.

The Foundation is active in patient advocacy issues and is a member of Access and Care Coalition, ITEM Coalition, Friends of NIDDK, Bladder Health Alliance, Urology Policy Forum, and World Federation of Incontinence and Pelvic Problems (WFIPP). 

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