Our HISTORY

Bottoms Up Organization was established very simply to bring light to a very private subject and to help create candid conversations at any age. Our mission is to raise awareness and to help those living with IBD and/or coping with the loss of a loved one from colorectal/colon cancer.


Our founder and CEO has lived with Ulcerative Colitis since the age of fifteen. At the age of thirty-one, she underwent a colon resection surgery to discover that she also has Crohn's Disease.


Dawn is now forty-eight, a wife and mother of two healthy and happy children, and an amazing, supportive husband. Her dream has been to create a foundation to help both young and old feel comfortable enough to share their stories of living with IBD with family, friends, and their community.


Through her inspiration and vision, we believe laughter and a positive, mental attitude are truly the best medicine. With that said, we also understand that it's very tough to laugh when the odds seem stacked against you. Dawn's first doctor informed her, when she was only seventeen, that she wouldn't live to see the age of thirty. After almost eleven years of denial, fear and frustration, she decided to fight IBD. At age 27, she changed her eating and exercise habits, she met her husband at 28, fell in love, and was married at 29. After her first child was born in 2006, she took up running 30 minutes per day, and after 24 years of living with IBD, her second doctor informed her after an annual colonoscopy that she was in permanent remission. She has successfully maintained this status for over 8 years!


Dawn believes it was her decision to stop letting the disease control her and deciding it was time to control the disease, both mentally and physically that was her turning point.


We believe in you! Dawn lived with one phrase throughout her journey, "What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger." It's what has given her the power to have faith over failure and start realizing her dream with beginning the Bottoms Up Organization. So, start laughing through the pain, living life one day at a time, and love your bottom!