Local Volunteer Receives Prestigious National Award
CCFA is proud to honor Betty J. White, MN, ARNP with this year’s Rosenthal Award for Patient Support and Care. She was nominated by the CCFA Northwest Chapter for this highly competitive award, which is presented to the volunteer who demonstrates uncommon leadership and has contributed in an indisputable way to the quality of life of patients and families through patient service, professional education, or advocacy activities.
“Betty is a passionate and dedicated volunteer who has helped more patients than we can count,” says CCFA Northwest Executive Director Jennifer O’Connor. “She engages her fellow healthcare professionals and inspires them to constantly strive to be the best they can be in their field.”
For five years, Ms. White has co-chaired CCFA Northwest’s annual continuing education program, providing hundreds of nurses and medical assistants a comprehensive overview of IBD care. She took on a national role in 2010 as a founding member of CCFA’s National Nursing Initiative Committee to improve resources for professionals around the country. She currently manages the Infusion and Research Center at Digestive Health Specialists in Tacoma.
Tony Ventrella Joins Annual Benefit Luncheon
CCFA is excited to welcome Tony Ventrella to the April 24th Annual Benefit Luncheon supporting the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Currently the Seattle Seahawks’ Digital Media Host, Tony is a longtime supporter of the Foundation and its mission to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve patients’ quality of life.
The luncheon will be hosted at the Hyatt at Olive 8 located in Seattle. Guests may RSVP online or contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. CCFA’s Benefit Luncheon is the largest single fundraiser for the Northwest and plans to raise $205,000 in support of IBD research, patient education and support programming.
For full details on the event, click here and we hope you will join us next month!
Thank you to our generous sponsors
The Spring Take Steps Walks are Drawing Near!
Thank you so much to our amazing participants and Team Captains who are helping us raise funds and awareness for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis! We’ve been hearing some creative fundraising ideas from Team Captains, such as Tamara Liska - team captain of Western Washington Take Steps’ current top fundraising team Hershey Squirtzzz. Tamara has been very active in getting her community involved with her fundraising efforts. Tamara convinced a local frozen yogurt shop to hold a fundraiser for her team, and the event went so well that the store has agreed to hold a second fundraiser! She also worked with a local Roller Derby team to have her team be the recipient of funds raised during a raffle at a derby bout. Other creative fundraising plans Tamara has in store for her team are: a Tastefully Simple fundraising party, and a Pampered Chef fundraising party. Way to go Tamara! Thank you for sharing your creative ideas with us, and all of your efforts in support of individuals impacted by inflammatory bowel disease!
We are proud to announce the following companies sponsoring CCFA Nationally this year: AbbVie, Takeda, Shire, and Everyday Health! We are so appreciative of their support of CCFA’s mission! Make sure to stop by their booths at your local Take Steps Walk!
To get involved in a Take Steps walk in your area, visit www.cctakesteps.org!
The Rad 80s Run Will be a Trip Back to the 80s
If you have never been to this event, get ready for an experience on April, 27th! Kick off the morning with your favorite 80s tunes and enjoy a 3 mile timed course on the beautiful roads of Mt. Tabor Park in Portland. You will be alongside hundreds of other runners and walkers decked out in 80s gear. We encourage all to wear neon colored sweatbands, leotards, leggings and super high socks. An 80s Best Dressed Contest will take place after the race.
You don't have to run (or walk) to have a great time. There will be music, a playground for kids and complimentary snacks.
Proceeds of the event will benefit Team Challenge of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
Register at: http://rad80srun.com/
Team Challenge Named Best Charity Training Group of 2013
Every year Competitor Magazine readers and followers from around the country nominate and vote for their favorite races, clubs, charity programs, and more. The Best of 2013 list was recently released with Team Challenge voted the Best Charity Training Group on both the national and local level which is a distinction to be proud of. Designed to help people get fit, makes friends, and change the lives of others, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s endurance training and fundraising program has raised over $200 million for research since its inception in 2007. Every year, teams from across the nation train, fundraise, and spread awareness while building friendships and accomplishing personal goals. Coaches and staff are diligent in preparing a training plan for all fitness levels and host educational clinics for the team. Many patient participants call it the best support group experiences they could have asked for. Seattle and Portland teams are forming now. To learn more about what makes this program so special, or to join a team, visit http://www.ccteamchallenge.org/.
Stay Connected With CCFA All Year Long!
CCFA Northwest has a variety of programs planned for 2014. Be sure to regularly check our website event page for updates on how you can stay connected!
We’ve got new support groups starting up around the chapter and fascinating speakers lined up at upcoming meetings. Click here to find the support group in your area!