Hello, my name is Emily Rund and I am a double major at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of the Arts in Richmond Virginia. I am currently a senior in the Photography and Film department with a concentration in film, as well as in the Kinetic Imaging department. I grew up in Carroll County Maryland.
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at age four. Through trial and error I attempted most of the drugs on the market and eventually found a combination that has helped me live my life with minor gut issues. I have learned to look at the positives in my situation, the most important being my amazing support system. When I was nine years old I attended Camp Oasis as a camper and have gone every year since, now attending as a counselor. I have met my very best friends there and found my home away from home where I am comfortable to be myself with others just like me.
Through my involvement with Camp Oasis I have seen my close friends and campers living with IBD as best as they can. There are good days and bad days, but many of us have gone through more than any one person should endure. I am passionate about raising awareness for IBD, which I personally have worked on through making art but can now pursue further and more in depth as a council member. I am very excited to help find a cure!