Allie Hoeland, executive director of the I Can Foundation, describes the mission and how the foundation can help people suffering with gastroparesis.
Allie: I Can Foundation is set up specifically for gastroparesis and dysmotility funding. Our main strategy is not to offer so many resources as to offer the website for people who are offering resources.
Our main goal is to really find a cure. Right now there’s a ton of medications out there that people can try, but not one of them has been developed specifically for gastroparesis. They are all developed for something else and applied to this disease. So we are out there trying to get funding to be able to find a cure, whether that’s funding research through doctors or helping a company get ready coming out with a new medication, whatever that may be.
On our website under ‘Patient Resources’ we have links to some amazing websites and some amazing advocates for the disease that have nutritional information, all the different medications that are out there – homeopathic, diet, everything that you could need as a patient there will be links on our website and also on there we have how people can get involved.
Everyone with gastroparesis is at a completely different level of functioning. We have options on there where people can get involved simply from their computer and then we have other options where people can hold their own fundraisers or even come and attend one of ours.
We really want people to help us increase awareness for the disease and get involved and feel like they are making a difference and they are working towards a cure for their own problem.