In late 2015, during his freshman year of college, Grady was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at the age of 18. Throughout the past few years, he has experienced the emotional and physical impacts of IBD. His experiences with various medications, medical appointments, and complications have made him highly aware of the challenges of chronic illness. As a result, Grady is passionate about advocating for patients and healthcare rights. Today, Grady is involved with the IBD community as a writer for inflammatoryboweldisease.net. He has written and spoken on a number of issues from body image to the mental impacts of illness. He has worked with organizations such as Improve Care Now’s Patient Advisory Council on patient resources. In addition, he is an alumnus of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s National Council of College Leaders. In that role, he served as chair of the communications workgroup. He is a current Crohn’s and Colitis Young Adults Network fellow. Along with other young leaders, he works to raise awareness of IBD through advocacy, outreach, and creativity. He is passionate about advocating for the chronic illness community and motivated to create new resources for patients. Grady is excited to continue developing his advocacy through his work with Lyfebulb.