Anna Noto (New York)
School: University of the Pacific
Major: Computer Engineering
Hometown: Long Island, New York
My name is Anna and I am a third year student at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, but I’m from New York! I am majoring in Computer Engineering and a Brother in Theta Tau, a Co-Ed Professional Engineering Fraternity. I am also a member of Pacific Legal Scholars which is like an honors version of pre-law. I hope to one day have a career that connects technology and criminal justice. I am involved with both the Long Island and Greater New York Chapter at the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation and am so honored to be a member of the NCCL where I am part of the Advocacy Workgroup. I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis when I was 16 years old but had been showing symptoms since I was 5 years old. While I have not yet achieved remission, I am hopeful that it is in my near future. I currently receive infusions every 7 weeks and take daily medication to help manage my disease. I have struggled a lot mentally with IBD, but have been helped by Camp Oasis, connections I’ve made through NCCL, and the foundation's support groups. Camp Oasis is something I look forward to all year! I was once an LIT and am now a Cabin Counselor. While camp is only one week out of the year, the family I have created there is constant. My journey has had highs and lows, but it has only made me stronger in the long run. IBD has allowed me to develop my passion for advocacy and education, especially in the undiagnosed community. I love meeting with legislators during Day on the Hill as I believe having legislation to protect IBD patients is one of the most important things to advocate for. Aside from legislative advocacy, I was also a Mission Moment Speaker for a donor event with the Long Island Chapter. I was able to share my story and how the foundation has helped me throughout my journey with so many people. Being able to see the immediate response at this event made me feel like all the education, advocacy, and fundraising work I do is truly working.