CCFA Rocky Mountain
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Rocky Mountain Chapter
1777 South Belaire Street, Suite 230, Denver, CO 80222
Phone: 303-639-9163 | Toll-Free: 866-RMT-CCFA | Fax: 303-568-0424 | |

To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by thesediseases. The Rocky Mountain Chapter currently helps fund 10 research projects in Colorado.


Jeremy Stern
Senior Take Steps Walk Manager

Heidi Dudley
Team Challenge Manager, Denver

Amy Cockerham
Development Assistant

Jenny Roope
Take Steps Walk Coordinator

Kaela Tyrrell
Community Development Manager, Utah

Evan Corazzari 
CCFA Board President
Rocky Mountain Chapter


About CCFA Rocky Mountain

Schedule of Upcoming Events


Support Groups

Online Support

We are currently seeking Support Group Leaders to help increase the support we provide to the community. If interested, call Amy today at 303-639-9163 x4
Need help? Contact our Information Resource Center: 888.MY.GUT.PAIN; 888.694.8872

Utah Support  Group

On Thursday, June 20 the Utah Support Group will be meeting at the Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, UT. The meeting will take place in the Doty Education Center, Rooms 3 & 4 from 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. with special speaker Dr. Kyle Barnett. 

For questions or more information, please contact Ingrid Marshall at or Rick Marshall at


The Rocky Mountain Chapter is seeking volunteers for the following office positions: Communications Coordinator, Support Services Leader, Educational Support Liaison, Database Coordinator, Take Steps Intern, and Team Challenge Intern. Training, college experience, and office space provided. Individual and Group experiences are available and we will work with your schedule. Call or email us if you're interested! 303-639-9163

Take Steps Denver Volunteers

If you, your child, social group or friends know of anyone who wants to volunteer at the event, please let us know!  Email for information.

2013 Memorials & Tributes

In Memory of Gerald Engleman
Merril & Bonita Moore


In Memory of Genevieve Mellman
Ross & Diana Leher

In Memory of Vera Schwartz
Frank & Susan Strong

If you are interested in making a donation in the memory of a loved one, please contact Amy Cockerham at

CCFA Annual Luncheon

This year's CCFA Annual Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, August 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Denver Country Club. This year, we will be honoring the following individuals in the following categories:

Healthcare: Mary Austin

Young Philanthropist: Lauren Polak

John S. Sabel Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. John Sabel

To reserve your ticket, Click Here

For sponsorship opportunities, Click Here

Contact us with any questions or sponsorhip inquiries at 303-639-9163 or e-mail Amy Cockerham at

8th Annual CCFA Golf Tournament

Join us for the 8th Annual CCFA Golf Tournament, put on by the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals.
This year's tournament will be held on Teusday, July 9 at the Omni Interlocken Resort & Golf Club.

For more information, contact Shelley Porak at or  Click Here

Interested participants should mail registration and payment information to:

Omni Interlocken Resort

ATTN: Shelley Porak

800 Eldorado Blvd.

Broomfield, CO 80021

 CCFA Young Professionals

Young Professionals Group

Interested in meeting young people living with Crohn's or colitis? We will be meeting each month to grow the group and we want you to join us. Learn more from your peers and see how you can get involved. Just show up, meet some great folks, and invite others to join you. 

One recent get together included a Lab Tour at the University of Colorado to see first-hand look and hear about CCFA funded research.  See the group here.

Upcoming CCFA YPG events:

Saturday, June 15 - Take Steps Walk After Party at Vine Street Pub

RSVP or Questions:  

GI Buddy

Have you checked out our new GI Buddy yet? 

GI Buddy can help you and your health care team see how inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may be affecting you. Together, you can work to improve your IBD management and quality of life. 

For more information, Click Here

CCFA Webcasts and More

Are you interested in learning about topics such as Nutrition & IBD or Decisions & IBD Management?

CCFA webcasts, presented by national experts, are available for replay any time in the comfort of your home!

Simply Click Here to explore what CCFA has to offer!   

CCFA Videos to Watch

Television PSA for Take Steps
Team Challenge Video
Learn about the amazing progress:
Take a glimpse of the Denver Walk route that is 1.5 miles long:
See why you can join Take Steps today. 
View the new CCFA video

Great News About CCFA

Great news - in the most recently published Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide, published by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, CCFA received the highest rating! The Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. It produces reports about national charities, evaluating them against comprehensive Standards for Charity Accountability, and publishes a magazine, the Wise Giving Guide, three times a year.

Additionally, we have received notice of a grant from the Helmsley Trust in the amount of $6.7 million. This grant will support 14 Research Fellowship Awards and 10 Career Development Awards. This also includes $600,000 in support of the new constituent management system and $2.3 million in support of our training awards.  CCFA is fortunate to have cultivated an on-going relationship with Helmsley. The first grant we received was in 2009 of $5.7 million. Since then, we have received a grant total of $42.7 million! They have supported our Microbiome Initiative, Genetics Initiative, Senior Research Awards, Training Grants, and even some infrastructure support. Congratulations to Chief Development Officer Judi Brown and her team for continuing to nurture this important relationship. 

CCFA IBDigest - June 2013
Announcements / Upcoming Events


Denver WalkThe Denver Take Steps Walk for Crohn's & Colitis is the Chapter's largest fundraising event and the nation's only walk dedicated to finding a cure for digestive diseases. The event is taking place this Saturday, June 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at City Park. There is still time to sign up your team!

We hope to see you there - the festival-style event offers games, food, live music, children's activities, pets, a team village, exhibits, and more!

Sign up today and find out more details.


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Get the ultimate tour of Las Vegas with Team Challenge and the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas 1/2 Marathon. On November 17, teammates will run or walk for 13.1 miles past world famous attractions and get the full glitz and glamour of Vegas in this great night race.

Event weekend not only includes the race... teammates stay at great group hotels, attend an inspirational pasta party, and have a truly life-changing experience!



Wednesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m. - Runners Roost Lakewood (7978 W. Alameda Ave. #A in Lakewood)

Monday, July 15, 7:00 p.m. - Runners Roost Louisville (459 S. McCaslin Blvd. in Louisville)

Tuesday, July 23, 12:30 p.m. - Online Webinar & Conference Call - - Call in: 470-200-0305 - Code: 752-579-175

Thursday, July 25, 7:00 p.m. - Run Colorado (8505 E. Arapahoe Rd. in Greenwood Village)

Saturday, July 27, 10:00 a.m. - Road Runner Sports (10436 Town Center Dr. Suite B-102 in Westminster)

Monday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. - Online Webinar & Call - - Call in: 702-489-0003 - Code: 477-670-429

Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 p.m. - Runners Roost Denver (1685 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver)

Saturday, August 3, 10:00 a.m. - Season Kick Off & Fundraising Clinic at CADA (290 E. Speer Blvd. in Denver)


Wednesday, July 10, 6:00 p.m. - Salt Lake Running Company (700 East 2454 South in Salt Lake City)

Saturday, July 13, 10:00 a.m. - REI Salt Lake City (3285 West 10600 South #1700 in Salt Lake City)

Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 p.m. - REI Sandy (230 West 10600 South #1700 in Sandy)

Thursday, July 18, 6:30 p.m. - Salt Lake City Running Company (700 East 2454 South in Salt Lake City)

Tuesday, July 23, 12:30 p.m. - Online Webinar & Call - - Call in: 415-655-0053 - Code: 325-779-236

Monday, July 29, 7:00 p.m. - Online Webinar & Call - - Call in: 702-489-0003 - Code: 477-670-429

Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 p.m. - Scheels Sports, Wasatch Room (11282 South State St. in Sandy) - Info Meeting: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Kickoff : 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

For more information or to join the DENVER/COLORADO team, CLICK HERE or contact Heidi Dudley at

For more information or to joing the UTAH team, contact Kaela Tyrrell at

Take Steps
Take Steps Facebook Salt Lake City, UT Saturday, May 4, 2013 Facebook Ogden, UT Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013
Facebook Glenwood Springs, CO Sunday, June 2, 2013 Facebook Fort Collins, CO Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013
Facebook Denver, CO Saturday, June 15, 2013 Facebook Colorado Springs, CO Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Facebook Casper, WY Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013      


Glenwood Springs WalkOn Sunday, June 2nd, nearly 150 participants enjoyed a beautiful Walk starting at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. It was a wonderful day filled with fun activities for kids, prizes, live music, a live auction, BBQ and other tasty food. The event was a HUGE SUCCESS thanks to all the teams, sponsors, exhibitors, committee members, and local support from the community.

We will have photos (including team photos) available soon on our Facebook page.

To view more about the Walk, Click Here

To become involved in next year's event, contact Jenny Roope at



honor_ribbon.jpgCheck out the Top 10 Leader Board for the highest fundraising Walk teams in Denver, Glenwood Springs, and Salt Lake City:
#1: Barefoot YPG
#2: Team Gut Feelings
#3: Team Mason Folz
#4: Team Trinady
#5: Northwestern Mutual Denver
#1: Team Guts 
#2: Team Nolan 
#3: Melissa's Team 
#4: Karen's Crowd 
#5: Grumpy Guts
#1: Brenda's Crohnies
#2: Utah Gastroenterology
#3: Number 2 Crew
#4: Without Crohn's... Life is Crap!
#5: Blondie's Crew - Kickin Crohn's in the Cajones

To find out how to make your team a success, Click Here


CCFA would like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring this year's Denver Walk:

NWM Denver


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America West Plastics
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CCFA would also like to thank the following organizations for sponsoring this year's Colorado River Valley Walk:


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Team Challenge
Team Challenge Virginia - June 1, Chicago - June 8, Kona - June 23,
Napa - July 21, Nashville - Sept 28
Facebook Denver, Colorado Facebook Salt Lake City, Utah


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Congrats to our TEAM DENVER participants who ran the Chicago Half Marathon on Saturday, June 8!

Teammates Brett Forrest, Dana Hall, Lisa Frei, Andi Whaley,Crystal Ware, Rachel Puchrik, Lauren Polak, Erin Seaton, and Sheila Gillette did a great job with coach Sandie Dalles cheering them to the finish.

Together, the nine teammates raised over $27,000 toward our goal and over half of them PRed at the race!


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Summer 2013 teammates are still hard at work fundraising away! 

Team FUNdraising Goal...

Our team goal is $150,000!

Our teammates have done a tremendous job by raising $121,000! 




Kiss Me DirtyWanna get a little... dirty? Come visit the Team Challenge tent and lose yourself, along with your inhibitions, in a sea of mud, laughter, and girl power! With this much filthy fun, you just might have to ask someone to "Kiss Me Dirty" when you finish! 

June 29 in Ogden, Utah at the Weber County Fairgrounds

Stop by and say hello to Kaela!

For more information, Click Here









Shop to Stop Crohn's & Colitis - June 15 - 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Charming Charlie at 6955 S. York St. in Centennial - Shop til you drop to benefit CCFA! Charming Charlie has the hottest styles, killer colors, and super affordable prices. Hosted by Dru Connelly.

Road Rally for CCFA - June 23 - 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Start: Clement Park (Pierce & Bowles) Finish: Old Chicago, Lakewood. For more information, contact Karen Eliason at or 818-590-4602. Click Here for flyer

California Pizza Kitchen Fundraiser - June 25 - All Day - Cherry Creek Location at 3000 East 1st Ave. #185 in Denver - Bring in this flyer and 20% of your check will be donated to CCFA

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