NFL Kicker Rolf Benirschke: Paying It Forward

Ostomy and Powerful Hope

Hope is an incredibly powerful force. Hope comes from somebody who has been there. – Rolf Benirschke

As a boy, I liked underdogs. I was a fan of the San Diego Chargers who had Rolf Benirschke as their fantastic placekicker. I remember, more than once, watching Rolf kick a game ­winning field goal. Rolf snatched a victory in the last seconds from the jaws of defeat. What I didn’t know at the time was that Rolf suffered from severe Crohn’s disease. He played a significant portion of his professional football career with an ostomy.

Rolf Benirschke stomacloak

Ron Benirschke Honors Fellow Ostomates

 After retiring from the National Football League, Rolf, with the support of ConvaTec, created Great Comebacks. This is a program that recognizes and honors exceptional contributions made by those living with an ostomy (ostomates). Our very own Dr. Salisz was honored as the Great Comebacks’ Central Region winner for his work as an ostomy advocate, and for StomaCloak. At the 2014 event, Dr. Salisz met many amazing ostomates including Eastern Regional winner, Amy Oestreicher.

Amy Oestreicher stomacloak

Amy has an amazing story of courage and determination in the face of great adversity. I asked her to share her story in a post– as an inspiration for others living with an ostomy.

I’ve been through many ups and downs over the past decade, but with the help of my friends, I’ve made comeback after comeback. – Amy Oestreicher

Read about how Amy Oestreicher is “Flourishing with an Ostomy”.

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