IBD Success Stories Virtual Event

April 20, 2021 speakers

Dylan Cook

Dylan Cook

Hello all, my name is Dylan Cook. I am 27 years old and currently live in Phoenix, AZ. I grew up in the Bay Area and moved to Phoenix last year. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s when I was 15 years old. I am an ex-professional baseball player and played a season with the Dodgers in their minor league system. I currently work as a paramedic and am in school to become a physician assistant.

 

Nathalie Garcia

Nathalie Garcia

My name is Nathalie, and I am a first-generation undergraduate at Stanford University. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 2018 and have lived with the ups and downs of this disease since. Currently, I am a fellow for Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network and an IBD ambassador for Lyfebulb, where I share my experiences with IBD and managing my mental health with a chronic illness. I am deeply passionate about patient advocacy, which is why I am a patient advocate and Spanish interpreter at Cardinal Free Clinics. I hope to spread awareness about the complexities of IBD and guide others through overcoming the adversities of their illness by pursuing a career in health care.

 

Alice Ping

Alice Ping

I am a professional classical musician living in Los Angeles and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2019. With an avid freelancing career ranging from session work in the film and television industry to teaching to performing and volunteering on skid row, my “job” is never boring! Though my diseases have impacted my life in more ways than one, I have become passionate about educating others on the often-debilitating nature of IBD and other invisible illnesses, and hope to continue bringing awareness to these conditions through my social media presence and YouTube channel, Chronically Musical.

 

Brie Brullo

Brie B.

Hi everyone! My name is Brie and I’m from Corona, CA. I graduated from the University of Redlands in 2019 and shortly thereafter interned at Walt Disney World for eight months until the pandemic hit. I was 16 when I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and have been a camp counselor with Camp Oasis for the past two years, volunteering with children and teenagers who have IBD. I studied abroad three times in college and absolutely love traveling and learning about new cultures and languages and hope to pursue a career in international education.