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Get your walking shoes on because Take Steps is coming to a town near you!

Take Steps is CCFA's largest fundraising event and the nation's only walk dedicated to finding a cure for digestive diseases. With your support we are 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. takestepsfinallogo[1]5.JPG

Upcoming Northwest Walks!
June 1: Western Washington Walk • Seattle, WA
June 1: Alaska Walk • Anchorage, AK
June 1: Idaho Walk • Nampa, ID
June 15: Portland Walk • Portland, OR

Remember, it’s not too late to sign your team up or hold another fundraiser for any of the upcoming walks!

Mariner Ribbon

June 28th is CCFA Night at Safeco Field against the Cubs!

Enjoy some Major League Baseball action and hear Mike McCready perform the National Anthem while supporting CCFA! Don’t miss this interleague match-up against one of the most popular teams in Major League Baseball. Receive a FREE Mike McCready bobblehead when you purchase through this special offer and stay for the first postgame fireworks show in club history!

Attention Team Challenge and Take Steps Participants!
Why not have fun, catch up with family and friends, and enjoy a baseball game while fundraising? Team Challenge and Take Steps participants can receive donation credit from ticket sales towards their individual fundraising! After you, your family, and friends purchase tickets send an e-mail to Deborah Jacoby for Take Steps fundraising or Jackie Miller for Team Challenge fundraising and include ticket purchaser name, number of tickets purchased at each price point, and participant name you want credited.

Purchase tickets at a discounted price here and use the "CCFA" promo code!

Gary's Ride to Cure IBDGary Duvall

Gary Duvall will be riding his bike across the USA to help find a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (IBD). His son has this disease. The ride begins on July 5th from Everett, WA to Williamsburg, VA: 32 riding days, 3,517 miles, averaging 112 miles per day, and nearly 4,000 feet vertical per day. His goal is to raise $10,000 and he is nearly halfway there! Determined to meet his goal Gary has generously decided to match until June 30th donations after he reaches $5,000 until he reaches his $10,000 goal!

Check out Gary's blog at for more information and to donate to help him reach his $10,000 goal!

May 10th Annual Benefit Luncheon Raises over $195,000 in support of CCFA’s Mission

CCFA Luncheon 5.JPGWe are excited to announce our May 10th Annual Benefit Luncheon was a great success. Dr. Scott Plevy, this year's featured medical presenter shared with guests the current state of IBD research and some of the challenges we face as we work towards a cure. Tia Belisle, our patient speaker shared her inspiring story about growing up in eastern Washington as a sick child with Crohn's disease. Despite her ups and downs Tia refused to let Crohn's disease get in the way of her true passion in life, hydroplane racing.

The Luncheon also recognized Chase and Livi Carpenter with the Mike McCready & Ashley O’Connor McCready Award, an honor given to those who have made a significant impact on the Northwest Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis community and the Foundation. In 2012, the Carpenters were instrumental in raising over $150,000 for CCFA via the Microsoft 5K Run/Walk and the company’s Annual Giving Campaign.
CCFA would like to thank all of our sponsors, including, Papé Material Handling, Virginia Mason Medical Center, The Glaser Progress Foundation, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland and Electroimpact for their support. CCFA also thanks our faithful Table Captains for their support in helping us reach our goals and their guests for their generosity.

logo_subaru5.jpgSubaru of America Presents CCFA Northwest with $25,000 Grant  

We are excited to announce a new $25,000 grant from Subaru of America. The company’s support will directly benefit the Northwest Region’s Camp Oasis summer program and the Foundation’s local research programs. CCFA would like to thank Subaru of America for their commitment to the inflammatory bowel disease community, and Chaplin’s Bellevue Subaru for their support of this funding. 


Q: How can I connect with someone else going through similar experiences with Crohn’s or colitis?

A: We have monthly support groups and three more groups coming soon to Renton, WA;  South Seattle, WA ; and Yakima, WA. If there’s no group in your area, click here to learn how to start one, or check out the CCFA Online Support Group, which connects people for four weekly chat sessions that cover specific IBD-related topics and allow participants to share their views on each topic.

Events Around the Region:

May 14-29: Team Challenge Triathlon Information Meetings -- Greater Seattle Area 
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
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
Thursday, October 3: College and IBD -- Seattle, 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

Need help?


Contact our Information Resource Center: 888.694.8872 or For tips, sharing, and support from other people with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, join our free CCFA Community site.

Our mission


To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

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