You’ve got to hand it to Alexander Noyes, drummer with the breakout pop band Honor Society, for being willing to speak out publicly about his ongoing struggle with Crohn’s disease. Noyes has agreed to participate in Day On The Hill, an event taking place in Washington D.C. on May 19–20, sponsored by The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, the leading nonprofit aimed at finding cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, two chronic and painful digestive diseases. Collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases, they often bring on pain, fatigue, weight loss, absences from school, frequent visits to the doctor, medication side effects, and surgery, making life isolating and overwhelming for the young adults who are their frequent victims.
Alexander will speak to advocates from across the country at a dinner event and meet with local legislators to encourage them to pass the IBD Research And Awareness Act, which currently has 100 co-sponsors in the House and Senate. “So many young people living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis don’t feel comfortable talking about their symptoms,” says Noyes. “I want to change that.”