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DeLay family2.jpgIn her own words, Montana resident Jodie DeLay got involved with CCFA Team Challenge because:

When my brother was in a terrible Crohn’s flare with complications, helping to raise money and awareness to seek better treatments and a cure gave me something to DO. Finally in remission after 8 years of my own terrible flares and pain, it was time for me to use MY voice to help those who were in the place I had been years before. Back then, I could barely walk from my bed to the bathroom without assistance. When I realized I might be able to run 13.1 miles after not being able to walk 13.1 feet...I was hooked. CCFA Team Challenge made it happen. It changed my life.

I continue to stay involved with Team Challenge because:
My son was diagnosed in 2010 and has endured way more pain and suffering than any child should have to go through. I want my son to be around the courageous and vivacious people who make up the Team Challenge family. And most importantly...we don't have a cure yet.

Jodie's son goes to Camp Oasis and she volunteers with Take Steps Montana. Read her whole story here and join Jodie on the Team Challenge Triathlon Team! Information meetings start May 14th!

Goldstein Family Foundation is Helping Make Camp Oasis More Accessible!

Led by Bellevue, Washington resident and CCFA supporter Kathy Goldstein, the Northwest Region is excited to partner with the Goldstein Family Foundation on the 2013 Camp Oasis program. Through a generous grant, the Goldstein Family Foundation and CCFA have created a travel assistance program for camp families living outside of the greater Seattle area. The goal of this grant is to give more children from the Region’s outlying communities a chance to experience the joy of a week at Camp Oasis. For more information on this program, please contact Kathleen Newbould at


Question: As a Crohn’s or colitis patient, what should I eat?
Answer: Check out the replay of CCFA’s latest webcast, "Food for Thought" to hear advice from national experts. Every patient is different, but a good place to start is to track what you eat and how you feel afterwards. It’s easy to do with CCFA’s new app, GI Buddy, on your PC or smart phone.

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Take Steps is all about being a part of a team! Many people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis feel isolated and alone. Our Take Steps walks are about connecting patients with a team of friends, family, doctors, nurses, and so many others coming together in support of a cure! With thousands participating in walks all across the Northwest, you will see you are not alone!
Make your fundraising a team effort too! Fundraising is fun when you do it together and one way to do that is to host a team garage sale! Have each person donate items, work together to organize the sale, and post signs indicating funds are going back to CCFA and your team. It’s a fun way to spend a Saturday and a great way to accomplish your goals together!

Take Steps Northwest walks are right around the corner! Visit to find the walk near you. Need help getting going? Contact one of our Walk Managers Deb (, Shelly ( or Jackie (!

Events Around the Region:

Saturday, April 27: Pediatric IBD Conference for Families – Seattle, WA
Saturday, May 4: IBD Education Conference – Anchorage, AK
Friday, May 10: Annual Benefit Luncheon – Seattle, WA
Friday, May 10: Flight to Mars Benefit Concert – Seattle, WA
May 14-29: Team Challenge Triathlon Information Meetings -- Greater Seattle Area 
Saturday, May 18: IBD Education Conference – Boise, ID
Saturday, June 1: Take Steps Western Washington – Seattle, WA
Saturday, June 1: Take Steps Alaska – Anchorage, AK
Saturday, June 1: Take Steps Boise – Boise, ID
Saturday, June 8: Team Challenge Allstate 13.1 – Chicago, IL
Saturday, June 15: Take Steps Portland --Willamette Park, Portland, OR
Sunday, June 23: Team Challenge Half Marathon – Kona, HI
June 23-29: Northwest Camp Oasis --YMCA Camp Colman, Longbranch, WA
Friday, June 28: Mariners Game --Seattle, WA
Sunday, July 21: Team Challenge Half Marathon – Napa, CA
September TBD: Education Program – Bend, OR
September TBD: Understanding IBD – Spokane, WA
September TBD: College and IBD -- Seattle, WA
Saturday, Sept. 14: Take Steps Montana – Billings, MT
Sunday, Sept. 22: Team Challenge TriRock Triathlon – San Diego, CA
Saturday, Sept. 28: Take Steps Eastern Washington – Spokane, WA
October TBD: Decision Making & IBD – Billings, MT
October TBD: Decision Making & IBD – Vancouver, WA
Saturday, Oct. 12: Take Steps Bend -- Bend, OR
November TBD: Clinical Trials and IBD -- Seattle, WA
Saturday, Nov. 2: Best Practices in IBD Management – Renton, WA
Saturday, Nov. 9: Casino Night & Auction --Seattle, WA
Sunday, Nov. 17: Team Challenge Rock & Roll Half Marathon – Las Vegas, NV

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