Abby Mann (Illinois)

School: Lake Forest College

Major: Psychology

Hometown: Chicago, IL

My name is Abby Mann and I am a junior at Lake Forest College. I am a psychology major and a legal studies minor. After years of struggling with debilitating symptoms, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 10 and perianal Crohn’s disease at age 14. Due to a myriad of failed treatments and surgeries, I got an ostomy bag at 15-years-old and underwent a proctocolectomy at age 20. Throughout my struggles, my dedication and commitment to the Foundation has grown immensely as I’ve found solace in making a difference for others battling Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I am an active participant in Chicagoland Take Steps and was the 2017 Glenview Take Steps Honored Hero. I am committed to leaving an impact on IBD warriors, caregivers, and the community at large because Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis deserve acknowledgement and recognition. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as a member of the NCCL while advocating, educating, and raising awareness for IBD with other like-minded individuals. Together, we will fight and find a cure.