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News to Digest, May 2013

  • Donor Spotlight:  Lorraine & Bill Dodero
  • Take Steps Cleveland – Crunch Time!
  • 26th Annual Golf: registration open for dinner guests & golfers 
  • CCFA in Canton

A Word From Terri

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I've been involved with CCFA for the past 2 1/2 years, first as a volunteer, then as a staff member.  It is with mixed emotions that I share news of my resignation.  I plan to stay actively involved with CCFA.  As the parent of a child with Crohn’s, I will stand with you, working toward a world without digestive diseases.   

I attended my first Take Steps Walk in 2009 at Progressive Field.  I remember being so impressed by the teams of patients, families and friends dressed in brightly colored team t-shirts.  What moved me the most, was the large group of pediatric nurses.  It was such a meaningful experience and helped me and my family to realize that we were not alone.  That day I decided to get more involved with CCFA. .

Over the years, I have met many wonderful people who have become a support network for me. and my family  I am grateful for all of the dedicated volunteers, interns, committee members, board members, doctors, and nurses I have met at our programs and events. I have learned so much from all of you and only hope I have been able to support you as much as you have supported me.

Next week I will be leaving my position at CCFA for a new job at Akron Children’s Hospital.  While I could not be more supportive of CCFA’s mission, I believe this new position is more in line with my public health training and long-term career goals.

Since I first got involved with CCFA as a Take Steps committee member, it will always have a special place in my heart.  I hope to see you on June 23rd at Take Steps Cleveland.  This will be my eighth Take Steps walk!  This year our goal is to raise $156,000.  We still need your help to get there!  It’s not too late to fundraise, visit to register.

Thank you to everyone for supporting my family and I and for your involvement with CCFA! I have enjoyed working with and getting to know you.  I vowed five years ago to do everything I could to help find a cure and my committment continues.

All my best,

Terri Lowe-Donovan

 Donor Spotlight - Lorraine and Bill Dodero

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'Lorraine and Bill Dodero ardently support CCFA by contributing towards it priorities to assist year-round program needs of the Northeast Ohio Chapter.  Our belief in CCFA's is not only that is a it is a superb facility for research & support programs , but the overall patient care is paramount in their mission.  We are very proud to be a contributing partner in helping families of the Cleveland area who are suffering with IBD, as well as being able to fund the need of critical research initiatives.'

Thank you, Lorraine and Bill for your generous support of CCFA's research initiatives!   

 Meet our Summer Interns
Crissy Campellone 


Crissy is currently a senior at Baldwin Wallace University, majoring in Health Promotion and Education with a minor in Personal Wellness.  She has an passion for patient education and plans to work with chronic diseases.  Her outside interests include drawing, baking, and ice skating.  Crissy has been skating for 18 years and coaching for 6 years.  At CCFA Crissy's work is focused on educational programs and outreach to gastroenterologist and other doctors' offices.  Please join us in welcoming Crissy!  

Brittany Matuska

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Brittany is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Health Education and Promotion at Kent State. She is also a Graduate Assistant at Kent and teaches undergraduate health courses. She graduated from John Carroll University with a degree in Biology in 2011 and has been working at the Cleveland Clinic doing research. Brittany enjoys giving guitar lessons, playing guitar, singing in choir, and running.  This summer Brittany's work at CCFA will focus on Take Steps Cleveland and Akron.

 Education Program in Canton 

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On July 30th we will be hosting, Treatment Approaches in IBD: Options to Consider, which will present information on the risks and benefits of medications, surgery, and integrative treatments in IBD.  The presenter will be Kenny S. Yung, M.D. of Gastroenterology Specialists, Inc.  There will be opportunities to ask questions and interact with healthcare professionals as well.  This program is free and open to the public, taking place at  Aultman North at 6:00pm-7:30pm. 

Register now:

Web:  Email:   Phone: 216-524-7700 ext. 2

 Take Steps Cleveland

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Finding Cures is our goal and Take Steps Cleveland is raising the critical dollars needed to fund the research to find cures! This year our goal is to raise $156,000 to fund research, BUT we can’t reach it without your help!  With Take Steps Cleveland a mere three weeks away we need everyone’s help!

A very special THANK YOU to those of you that have already registered and are fundraising-Keep up the great work you’ve helped us get to 61% to our goal! There is still time to reach out to your friends and family to invite their friends and family to join us on June 23rd and help to raise these crucial dollars. Thank you for continuing to help us meet our goal and don’t forget about the awesome incentives you can earn! 

If you haven’t registered yet than WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? Register now! It’s not too late tostart fundraising. Please visit to register NOW or call Caitlin Randall at 216.524.7700 ext. 3.

Walk Incentives!

$25-Wrist Band

$100-Take Steps T-Shirt

$250-Take Steps Visor

$500-Take Steps Sweatshirt

$750-Take Steps Blanket

$1000-Official VIP Status, gift bag & access into the VIP Lounge & Training T-Shirt or Fleece


Tribute Signs!

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Looking for an idea to help raise extra funds for you and your team????  We have an exciting new idea for you.  Buy or sell a Tribute Sign to be displayed at the Walk on June 23rd.  Buying or selling these special new tribute signs is a great way to earn some extra funds for your team and help you earn more incentives.  Clickthe link belowfor more details and to download the order form.  You can sell these to local companies or to your friends and family.  Once you have them sold, please submit all the forms to the CCFA offices no later than Wednesday June 19th.  The BEST part is all proceeds from your sales go directly to you and your team’s fundraising goals! Click this link to download your order form and start selling today!

 Bank Days!

Skip the lines on Walk Day! Turn in your money and your team money during bank week and receive your wrist bandsand Walk Day Incentives to skip registration all together on Walk Day. Don’t forget! T-shirt sizes can go quickly so make sure to get your money in early! 

To make your Bank Days Appointment now call or email Caitlin Randall: 216.524.7700 ext. 3 or 

Bank Week Hours

Wednesday: 9:00am-8:00pm
Thursday: 7:30am-8:00pm
Friday: 7:00am-5:00pm

Banner Decorating Contest! Team’s Raising $1000 or more will be automatically entered-There is still two more week to earn entry into the contest!

It’s not a matter of IF we are going to find cures- It’s a matter of WHEN! 

Be a part of finding the cures!  

Can’t make Take Steps Cleveland 2013 on June 23rd? Make a donation today by visiting or call 216.524.7700 ext. 3 or email

 Thank You to our Generous Take Steps Cleveland Sponsors  

National Sponsor


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UH Digestive Institute


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26th Annual Golf Tournament - Join us for Dinner & Cocktails Only, or a full day

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Admission options range from Dinner & Cocktails Only tickets to the entire day of activities. 

10:00    Registration
11:30   Lunch
1:00     Shotgun Start
6:00     Cocktails & buffet dinner with auctions, awards *

 *We are currently securing items and gift packages for the live and silent auctions, please contact us if you have something to donate: 

Visit for details, pricing, &  tax-deductibility.  This event would not be possible without the following sponsors.   

Title Sponsor:

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Call for Volunteers at Take Steps Cleveland

CCFA is looking for some volunteers to help with set up, manning booths, children’s activities, and tear-down – all for Take Steps Cleveland.  Please email Caitlin Randall: if you are interested and available on June 23rd.  We are counting on your support to help make this event a success!

 Be our Fan!  Follow Us!

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Help spread awareness while staying updated on what's happening at CCFA with social media sites.  Become a Facebook fan by selecting a link below and clicking "Like!"

You can also follow us on Twitter  and Pinterest, or join the CCFA Northeast Ohio Group on LinkedIn.


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