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CCFA Northwest wishes you a warm welcome to Spring! We hope to see you at one of our upcoming events. Don't miss any of this month's exciting announcements:

- Annual IBD Education Conference on April 6th   
- CCFA Annual Benefit Luncheon is May 10th!
- It’s Time for Take Steps to Take Flight!
- June 28th is CCFA Night at Safeco and the Mike McCready Bobblehead is Back!
- Lace Up Your Shoes and Choose Your Challenge!
- Nutrition & IBD Webcast April 10th
- Archived Decision Making Webcast is Now Available!
- Save the Date for CCFA's Casino Night & Auction
- CCFA Received Another Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator!

seattle conference square 2013Register Now for the Annual Education Conference
Saturday, April 6, 10 AM-4 PM at Seattle Pacific University in Seattle

This year's event features two presentation rooms so you can choose which sessions are important to you and we can offer an even wider range of topics. Plus: opportunities to meet others patients and families and separate activity sessions just for kids and teens!  Learn more and register now!

10:00 Welcome  
10:10 IBD 101 - William Holderman, MD Longterm IBD
11:00 Surgery - Alessandro Fichera,
Integrating Alternative & Conventional
Medicine - Christine Bowen, ND 
11:40 Break  
11:50 Coping Strategies - Shira
Wilson-Gross, MA
Biologics - Betty White, ARNP
& Patient Panel
12:30 Lunch  
1:30 Advances in IBD - Michael
Chiorean, MD
Nutrition & IBD - Trina Seligman, ND, LAc
2:15 Relaxation Techniques - Carol
Jakus, MA, MSW, LICSW 
Navigating Insurance - Cory Cullinan, RN
3:00 Break  
3:10 Rights & Resources at School -
Teresa Wachs, RN
Living with IBD: Women, Fertility,
Family, and Work - Anita Afzali, MD, MPH
3:50 Closing Remarks  

2013 Annual Benefit Luncheon luncheon logo 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013
Hyatt at Olive 8 • Seattle, Washington
11:30 am – Registration & Raffle

12 Noon – Program & Lunch
$150 suggested donation
RSVP online at


Scott Plevy




Dr. Scott Plevy
Associate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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Tia Belisle

IBD patient and advocate

Join us for an inspiring and informative event that is committed to transforming the lives of those impacted by these diseases to one of a brighter future based on well-funded, cutting-edge scientific research. In addition to inspiring patient stories and IBD research updates, the event will also honor the hard work of volunteers Livi and Chase Carpenter, this year’s recipients of the Mike McCready & Ashley O’Connor McCready Award.

Thank you event sponsors!

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It’s time for Take Steps to Take Flight!
Please join us for the 2013 Take Steps Western WA Kick-off Party!

Take Steps ChildEnjoy a fun day as we take off to the most successful walk yet!  We’ll have tools & resources, an inspiring program, food, and the incredible Museum of Flight! We will kick things off on April 20th at 1pm.  Everyone that attends will receive free admission* to the museum! RSVP here 
*Please note, you must be a registered Take Steps participant to attend!  Register here 
Group Take StepsTake Steps is Coming! 
Register now for the biggest thing to hit Western WA… TAKE STEPS!
The details:
DATE: June 1, 2013
LOCATION: Magnuson Park, Seattle
What do I do? – Visit or contact Walk Manager Deb Jacoby at or 425-451-8455

Mariners NightJune 28th is CCFA Night at Safeco and the Mike McCready Bobblehead is Back!

Enjoy an interleague match up against the Chicago Cubs, one of the most popular teams in MLB while supporting CCFA! You’ll also receive a Mike McCready bobblehead (new design in 2013 and while supplies last), an opportunity to hear Mike play the National Anthem, and discounted ticket prices. A portion of proceeds will benefit CCFA Northwest.
Get full details here and purchase your tickets at!

Lace Up Your Shoes and Choose Your Challenge!

team challenge napaOur Seattle area Team Challenge program is off to an incredible start to our 2013 Summer Season, and it’s not too late to join! We have 51 participants that have chosen their challenge and are logging miles in preparation for their June or July half marathon. There are 21 Team Challenge alum back for another season and many first time endurance athletes! They are raising awareness about IBD and have become fundraising ambassadors for our Northwest Chapter of CCFA!  If you are interested in joining our team to train for the Chicago, Kona, or Napa to Sonoma half marathons or to get more information about Team Challenge, check out or email Jackie at

*Information meetings for our Triathlon program are right around the corner! If you’re interested in joining Team Challenge for the San Diego TriRock triathlon on September 22nd, email our new Tri manager Barb at

NEW Nutrition & IBD Webcast: Register Today!

Registration is now open for a webcast/teleconference on the latest in nutrition and IBD! Food for Thought: Nutrition & IBD will be held on Wednesday, April 10 from 1:00-2:15 PM Eastern. Presented by Millie Long, MD, MPH of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Lisa Cimperman, MS, RD, LD of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, this interactive program will provide up-to-date information on the complex relationship between nutrition and IBD management, and empower you to make healthy choices to ensure adequate nutrition and wellness throughout the year. Register Today!

Check Out Our New Decision Making Webcast

CCFA hosted a webcast in December on decision making in IBD. If you missed the live program or want to listen again, an archive is now available! In this program, Dr. David Schwartz of Vanderbilt University Medical Center discusses risk and benefits of current treatments for Crohn’s and UC, including complementary and alternative therapies. Dr. Schwartz also outlines tips to advocate for the optimal care. An extended Q&A was recorded after the live event, so be sure to check it out. We hope you enjoy the program and learn more about making informed decisions on IBD treatment!

SAVE THE DATE! Casino Night & Auction
Saturday, November 9, 2013
415 Westlake • Seattle, Washington
Mark your calendars for CCFA Northwest’s exciting evening of entertainment, including exclusive silent and live auction, great Northwest beers and wines, local food and gaming for a great cause! Do you have something to contribute? Join our fun planning committee or donate an item to our auction. Just contact Jennifer at for more details on how you can help.

How are Your Donations Used by CCFA?

GOOD NEWS! CCFA recently received another Four Star rating from Charity Navigator! Four stars is the highest rating the group offers, and is presented to organizations that exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in its cause. We are deeply honored to be good stewards of the dollars you raise and personally contribute!

Of every dollar donated to the Foundation, at least $0.80 is utilized by our mission-critical programs: research, education, and support. The Foundation consistently meets standards established by the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance as well as other charity watchdog organizations, and recently received a Four Star rating from Charity Navigator.

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