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One Step Closer in 2013

Last year thanks to donors and supporters like you we were able to sustain important programs and fund much-needed research for those affected by Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Here are a few accomplishments that CCFA reached in 2012 thanks to you:

  • 10,157 inquiries handled through the Information Resource Center (IRC)
  • 3,457 patients and family members educated at the local level through CCFA's "Program in a Box" education conferences (Understanding IBD, Nutrition and IBD, and Treatment Approaches in IBD)
  • 14,000 registered users on the CCFA Community site
  • Provided testimony in FDA hearing, leading to a new drug approval for use in treating UC patients

For a list of even more 2012 accomplishments, click here.  Help us continue to work towards our goal of a future without Crohn's or colitis by walking with us in Take Steps, training with Team Challenge, participating in a Chapter event or donating to CCFA. Your support allows CCFA to continue to raise awareness, fund cutting-edge research and hold education programs and patient services.

Thank you again for all that you do. We hope that you join us as we take one step closer to a cure in 2013!

Get Fit, Make Friends, Change Lives

Team Challenge is growing! Our summer season is full of fun events and we're now offering training in the North suburbs, West suburbs and Chicago. Attend a free information session in February to learn more about joining our team. Visit the Team Challenge website or e-mail Lauren Erbach at for more information. 

Attend an information meeting! You can be a part of the team!  Click here to view dates and to RSVP today.

Walk to Make a Difference

Join the largest event dedicated to raising awareness for the 1.4 million Americans dealing with digestive diseases. The funds you raise through Take Steps will help support patients programs, enhances professional education efforts, and propels critical research for cures. In the past four years, we succeeded in bringing together over 100,000 people and raised close to $32 million to help further our mission.

Register today for a walk near you! Visit the Take Steps website to join us in the fight against IBD.

Keep Your New Year's Resolution

When the new year starts many people reflect on the changes they want or need and make resolutions for the upcoming year. Common resolutions include learning something new, creating a better work and life balance and saving money.  One of the top resolutions is to stay healthy through diet and exercise. Team Challenge National Coach Dave McGovern explains how you can keep your fitness goal in this article.

Empower Yourself with Knowledge 

Plans are under way for the 18th Annual Education Symposium for Medical Professionals. The program will be held on Saturday, April 20th. Our "gold standard" program is once again being lead by course director Dr. David Rubin from The University of Chicago Medical Center.

The Patient & Family Education Conference will also be held on Saturday, April 20th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. In addition, we will be offering a half day patient education program the following day on Sunday, April 21st for those who are unable to attend the Saturday program. Details will be listed on the Chapter website soon.

New location! This year all programs will be held at a new location, the Skokie Banquet and Conference Center in Skokie, Illinois. The new site offers hotel accomodations and free parking.

Visit our Chapter website in early February to register. For more information contact Rebecca Wagner at (847) 827-0404 or e-mail

Camp Applications Now Available

Camp Oasis provides an opportunity for young people with IBD to participate in a full range of activities, all within a supportive and medically supervised environment. Our camp session runs from Sunday, August 11th through Friday, August 16th in Waupaca, Wisconsin. Camp is open to children in grades 2 -11 and the Leaders in Training program is open to adolescents in grade 12.

Apply today! Click here and scroll down to Camp Oasis for Wisconsin for applications.

For more important information on applying for the 2013 session click here.

National Youth Leadership Council

College students were recently selected for CCFA's National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC). The NYLC raises awareness for IBD through youth focused education, advocacy and fundraising. Scott Mann, an active member of the Illinois Chapter, was selected to join the NYLC this year. Here is what Scott said about his experience so far.

"I joined the CCFA's NYLC this past December and already, I can tell you it is one of the most inspirational decisions of my life. Immediately upon arrival, everyone was sharing stories about their disease. This group of collegiate leaders has many great things planned across the country. We have support groups online, as well as on-campus information sessions. The NYLC has made huge strides over the past year and we plan to continue making steps forward as our organization continues to grow and our leaders continue improving."

Are you a college student looking for an online resource? CCFA offers an online community for college students called Campus Connection. On this site you'll find tips for adjusting to your new environment and how to participate in local Chapter events and become an advocate. Check it out today!


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