Adam Koch (Iowa)

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School: Drake University

Major: Political Science

Hometown: Grimes, Iowa

My name is Adam Koch, and I am from Grimes, Iowa. I am a freshman at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, studying political science. After months of doctors appointments trying to figure out what was wrong, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 12. Eventually, I was able to find relief with an infusion. My Crohn's flare limited my ability to be active in soccer, something I had enjoyed pre-flare, but it introduced me to more stationary activities like filmmaking and mock trial. As an added bonus, fancy court room bathrooms happen to be way nicer than soccer field porta potties. I became more interested in filmmaking as I got older, and I decided to use it to support those in the Crohn's and colitis community through a film festival fundraising event called, Lights, Camera, Action Against Crohn's and Colitis. Through this project, I was able to connect with other local patients of all ages, and that made a significant impact on how I viewed my own situation and what I could do to further make a positive change. I am excited to see everything that the National Council of College Leaders will do to add relief and further the fight for those living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.