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CCFA Horizons

E-newsletter of the Greater Washington, DC/Virginia Chapter

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What's Best for Me? Treatment Options in IBD
Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM 

With so many available treatment options for inflammatory bowel diseases,
patients and caregivers must make the choices that best fit their needs. Join us for an free webcast that will provide in-depth information on IBD treatments
and the resources needed to make informed decisions about managing IBD care.
Participants will learn more about the risk and benefits associated with each treatment, and questions to ask the healthcare team when evaluating the options.

David T. Rubin, MD, FACG, AGAF
University of Chicago Medicine

Space is limited!

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National Capital Area Take Steps
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Washington Monument Grounds

One of the largest CCFA walks, National Capital Area Take Steps, is quickly approaching and we need your help to make it a year to remember! If you haven't already, please register and join us on walk day! Music, games and lots of CCFA spirit await.

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Walk day VOLUNTEERS for all positions including: set up, registration, food and beverage and much more are needed! If you know anyone that is looking for an amazing volunteer opportunity, Take Steps is the place. We are also in need of a volunteer photographer to capture all the best moments of the day.
Don't forget all volunteers and walkers that raise $100 or more will receive a Take Steps t-shirt and free food and beverages throughout the event.

If you have any questions about the National Capital Area walk or need help fundraising,
contact Walk Manager Michelle Plyem at

Thank you to our Sponsors!
New Capital Digestive Care
Medstar Health
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Hampton Roads Take Steps
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Mount Trashmore Park 

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Northern Virginia Take Steps
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Temporary Road Pavilion

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We have some local races offering our TC racers discounts into their races. Let us know if you sign up! If we have enough TC racers out there we can come out and support you!

  • Fit Foodie 5K, June 21st in Fairfax, VA 
    $20 off registration when you use code TEAMCHALLENGE 
  • Luray Triathlon, August 16/17 (sprint or olympic)
    $20 off registration use code TEAMCHALLENGE by June 30
  • Tri for the Chesapeake (sprint tri or duathlon)
    $15 off registration use code TEAMCHALLENGE by August 31

Exiting News for our Triathlon team!
We will have two training teams for the upcoming Clearwater season,
one in Maryland and one in Northern Virginia. 

We are looking for mentors for both the NOVA team and MD team!

Team Challenge is fundraising!

To learn more about the Team Challenge program or upcoming half-marathons please contact Karen Byer at or 301-287-8494

To learn more about Tri program and oppurtunities please contact
Kim Teter or 410-227-5145

Alumni - Register for free until June 30th

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Our Inaugural Putt an End to Crohn’s & Colitis Golf Classic was a great success!

We had amazing weather as we hit the links on June 2nd at the beautiful Cavalier Golf & Yacht Club in Virginia Beach. We are thrilled to let you know that we have exceeded our fundraising goal for this event, which will allow CCFA to continue working toward cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and provide education and support for the many people in our community living with these diseases.

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save the date

The Denim & Diamonds themed
2014 Spotlight Dinner & Auction
honoring Bob Schieffer of CBS News
is sure to be the talk of the town!!

November 13, 2014
The Clarendon Ballroom

Musical Guest:
Stephanie Quayle

Bob Schieffer

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Exciting NEWS for parents looking for support in the M County area. The NEW Maryland Parent Support Group is here!  For details and other support groups please visit: HERE

Seeking Support Group Facilitators:

We are still seeking support group facilitators for Richmond, Roanoke, Hampton Roads,  Charlottesville, and Winchester.  Below are the roles and responsibilities of a CCFA support group leader. 

  • Establish frequency and time of meetings; assist in selecting the meeting site, advertising, recruiting and support group reminders.
  • At the request of group members, invite guest speakers on topics of interest.  Ensure all guest speakers are approved by the Education & Support Manager.
  • For each meeting, keep track of attendance and provide this information on the next business day to the Education and Support Manager.
  • Possess effective communication skills to encourage, impact and explain often difficult topics in an approachable way.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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