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CCFA Horizons

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

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Team Challenge Virginia Wine Country


The South Potomac team has officially crossed the $100,000 mark in fundraising this season! Congrats to all of the team members on doing such a great job with fundraising. This month we would like to highlight team member Eric Sherred, who has committed to raising $5900 for the Kona Half Marathon!


Eric has been struggling with his Crohn’s Disease since finally being diagnosed in 2009. He has endured a colon resection and is still having flares of his Crohn’s. He is continuing to raise money for the foundation EVEN FROM HIS HOSPITAL BED. We wish Eric a speedy recovery—If you would like to make a donate towards Eric’s fundraising, please click here.


For more information about Team Challenge, please email Amanda Nover at or Michael Kollenberg at


Calling All Volunteers

The Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon for Team Challenge is June 1st! We still need volunteers to help with race registration, water stops, and finish line duties. It is an early morning, but it will be A LOT OF FUN!!! Destination races has agreed to donate $50 per volunteer back to CCFA, so please let us know if you can help! Please email Mike Kollenberg at


2013 TS


National Capital Area Take Steps


This Mother’s day is a perfect time to take action in finding a cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. This weekend as you mix and mingle with family and friends, don’t forget to remind them about your commitment to raising funds for Take Steps. If every registered walker raised just $20 this weekend we would raise almost $10,000 in honor of mothers everywhere.

If you are not currently registered, register today. I have made a bold commitment to do what I can to find a cure, will you?

Date: June 22, 2013
Location: Washington Monument Grounds

4:30 pm
Walk Start: 5:30 pm


 Register Again


For additional information, please email
Heather Palmer at


Take Steps Richmond


Even rain couldn't stop Take Steps Richmond! 2013 was a huge success with over 500 walkers and with raising over $61000. We thank our dedicated sponsors and walks for being a part of the cure in Richmond! We couldn't do it without your support!


Camp 2

Spots Still Available For Camp Oasis 2013  


Camp Oasis is a co-ed residential camp for kids with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Our 2013 session will be held June 18 - 22 at Camp Tall Timbers in High View, WV.

Limited spots are still available for the 2013 session. Applications can be found online for campers (grades 2 - 10 in Fall 2013) and leaders in training (grades 11 - 12 in Fall 2013).

Click here to apply or to learn more about this exciting program. For additional information, contact Caneka McNeil, Mid-Atlantic Regional Education & Support Manager at or 703-865-6130.


                      My Story


My Story: One Teen's Snowboarding Dreams Almost Derailed

Read more here.



Parent Group

New Parent Support Group

All parents are invited to attend CCFA's New Parent Support Group. The first meeting will be held on May 13th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Chantilly Regional Library.

For more information on the Parent Support Group, contact:


Maia Damalas -, 703-323-4904


Amy Baglivio -, 703-242-1330


                                Advocacy Toolkit


New Advocacy Took Kit


Now volunteers from all over the country can learn how to advocate on behalf of the 1.4 million Americans with inflammatory bowel diseases. Take this with you on your legislative visits for "Day on the Hill" or as you travel day-to-day raising awareness. This toolkit can be downloaded here.



                                GI Buddy


GI Buddy

We recently launched GI Buddy, an online and mobile app interactive disease management tracker, available on iTunes. 





Seeking Mentors

 The Chapter is still looking for mentors for the Power of Two Program. This is a support program where volunteers provide adults and supervised children with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, parents of children with IBD, and other family members with one-on-one phone or email support.

If you are interested in serving as a mentor and would like more information, please contact Caneka McNeil at


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