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 In this month’s CCFA Northwest e-newsletter:  

      - Lydia’s story - Team Challenge
      - Get ready for fall Take Steps walks!
      - Father and son with UC Climb for a Cure
      - Casino Night tickets now on sale
      - More kids than ever at Camp Oasis!
      - IBD Q&A: "What if there is no in-person CCFA support group where I live?"
      - Need new tires for your car?

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Lydia's Story- Team Challenge Vegas!

Fifteen year old Crohn’s patient Lydia has struggled with delayed growth, fatigue, and pain but she has persevered and now is back doing many of the things she loves—and she’s grown 4" in the last year! We’re proud to feature Lydia as the Team Challenge honored patient for the Las Vegas season. Read Lydia’s story and learn about how you can join Team Challenge—from anywhere in the country—and help fund a cure for the 1.4 million Crohn’s and colitis patients like Lydia. 


Lace Up the Walking Shoes

Bend Walk Pic3.jpgThat’s right, the 2013 CCFA Fall Walks are quickly approaching. This is a great opportunity for you to support CCFA and the patients affected by IBD! A special shout out to Team Panda, Game of Thrones and The Gut Force for already beginning their fundraising for Take Steps Bend!

-Take Steps, Billings September 14, 2013
-Take Steps, Eastern WASeptember 28, 2013
-Take Steps, Bend October 12, 2013

Don’t wait, register today to start your fundraising efforts! We are currently working hard to make these walks the most successful ones yet. Stay tuned for more information about a walk near you!

2013 Crohn’s and Colitis Climb for a Cure! Sam&Charlie_web_shot_email.jpg

Sam Peterson and his father, Charlie Peterson of Seattle, WA, both living with the challenge of ulcerative colitis (UC), will be climbing Mt. Baker in northern Washington State from August 9 - 11 to raise money for CCFA. At 10,781 feet, volcanic Mt. Baker is the second-most glaciated peak in Washington, and requires roped-up, expert-guided glacier-climbing techniques.

 Having been afflicted for years with this life-altering disease, both Sam and Charlie feel strongly about this cause. Sam battled UC and its serious medical complications for 16 months before undergoing a colectomy and j-pouch reconstruction. After 3 surgeries and an extensive recovery period, Sam is feeling ready to tackle this climb. Sam’s dad Charlie, has been living with and managing UC since his early twenties.

Pictures and video from the climb will be posted on the website after its conclusion! Many thanks for your support!  

To support the Climb for a Cure, please visit the website:  






Saturday – November 9, 2013
415 Westlake – South Lake Union, Seattle
7 pm – 11 pm
Pre-sale Tickets: $75
(Tickets purchased on or before 10/18/2013)
VIP Tickets: $150
Be a VIP and join us for pre-event reception at 6 pm including the chance to preview (and buy) auction items. Purchase your tickets online:

Each ticket includes beer and wine, heavy appetizers, $30,000 in gaming chips, traditional style casino games and the opportunity to bid on exciting and unique items in our silent and live auctions.

We want to feature your items in our auction! If you have something to contribute, please let us know. We are on the lookout for all types of items: tickets to sports and art events, dinner certificates, hotel & spa experiences, family friendly outings, gift baskets, wine, and jewelry, just to name a few. All items are tax deductible and donors will be recognized at the event.

Questions? Contact the Northwest Chapter at or (425) 451-8455

Camp Oasis

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Camp Oasis 2013 welcomed 103 youth living with Crohn’s and colitis—more campers than we’ve ever had! Traveling from all five Northwest states, campers enjoyed activities like archery, the giant swing, arts and crafts, and all-camp games. A highlight of the week was an interactive Q&A with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, sharing his experiences touring the world as a Crohn’s disease patient. CCFA thanks all of the volunteers and donors who made Camp Oasis possible including 24 enthusiastic cabin counselors and 16 world-class medical professionals, led by co-medical directors Ghassan Wahbeh, MD and Teresa Wachs, RN. Applications for Camp Oasis 2014 will be available in January.


What if there is no in-person CCFA support group where I live?

Our support groups are volunteer-driven and supported by staff—learn what it means to start a support group here. Power of Two matches those seeking support with volunteers who have gone through similar experiences to speak on the phone or by email. Sign up to receive support or volunteer as a mentor. CCFA also offers an Online Community where you can get the support you need in managing your condition 24/7, wherever you live.  

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The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is delighted to announce that for the months of July and August Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BRSO) will raise money for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis with a nationwide "round-up" program.

BSRO employees and its 2,200 retail locations nationwide, including Firestone Complete Auto Care, ExpertTire, Tires Plus, and Wheel Works, will support the efforts of CCFA through a program that offers customers the opportunity to round up their transactions to the nearest dollar for CCFA.

Visit to find a location near you!

Events Around the Region:

Thursday, Sept. 5: Education Program -- Spokane, WA
Wednesday, Sept 11: Education Program -- Bend, OR
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
Thursday, Oct. 3: College and IBD -- Seattle, WA
Saturday, Oct. 12: Take Steps Bend -- Bend, OR
Saturday, Oct. 19: Education Program --Billings, MT
Wednesday, Oct. 23 -- Decision Making & IBD -- Vancouver, WA
November TBD: Clinical Trials and IBD -- Seattle, WA
November TBD: Nursing Education Program -- Portland, OR
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.

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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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