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CCFA Newsletter

eNewsletter of the Kentucky Chapter

August 2013

Bridgestone KY PR


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.

To read the full Press Release and find local Kentucky participating Bridgestone locations, please click here


Take Steps

Join us in Lexington Tuesday August 27th from 5:30-6:30p at Beaumont Library (3080 Fieldstone Way) to learn more about the Lexington Take Steps Logistics Committee

Join us in Louisville Monday September 9th from 6pm-7pm at St. Matthews Library (3940 Grandview Avenue)

As we grow Take Steps in both Louisville & Lexington, we realize we can not continue the growth without creating a Take Steps Leadership Committee.
The committee will have an informational meeting August 2013 to explain the goals and roles, letting everyone decide on what area of the walk they are interested in.
The committee would work with Take Steps Manager and  be responsible for the event logistics, media and recruiting volunteers and revenue.
Everyone on the committee would take a role in one of the areas listed above.

If you are interested in being apart of this growing event, please contact Jenny Silberisen or (646) 623-2620

Additional information will come out about the first committee meeting in July- to those interested.

CC 2013

Save the Date for Cupcakes & Cocktails

Saturday September 21, 2013


Eclipse Bank- Louisville, KY

Tickets are on sale NOW $35 per person through August. September 1st tickets are $50 per person


"Ask the Experts"

Saturday October 5, 2013

8:30am AM - Registration & Breakfast

9AM- 12:30PM - Program

Click here to register for this program

Topics include:
IBD research updates and Clinical Trials
Maintenance Issues and IBD
Financial impact of Chronic Diseases
IBD and Employers
Psycholosical and Mental Health Issues
Surgeon vs. Gastro with Q&A

Registration for this program will be available Summer of 2013. Additional information will be available on our website.




Eagle Rare Contest- $40,000 for the KY Chapter

One of our patients Debbie Whitelock has been nominated for the Rare Life Award, presented by Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. This honor is given to those who exhibit Courage, Leadership, Survival, Heroism, Devotion and/or Character. Winners will receive a medal, presented at a reception given in their honor and be featured in Ragle Rare promotional materials. The Ky Chapter has a chance to be awarded $40,000 on behalf of Debbie winning.

Please visit and vote for Debbie Whitelock. You can vote once every 24 hours, so vote often! And please help spread the word through your social networks and friends.


Charity Miles

Charity Miles is an App that encourages everyone to be active, while supporting the charity of their choice by making a donation for each mile they run or bike. Bikers earn $0.10 and run/walkers earn $0.25 a mile. After you are done the App tracks your distance and the money earned. The app works with both Androids and iPhones. This has great potential at our walks. It wasn’t easy getting added to the list of charities and took over a year to build this partnership. You can download this app by visiting



Take Action: Speak out for accessible IBD therapies!

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and and Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) introduced the bipartisan "Patients' Access to Therapies Act" (H.R. 460) which would give patients access to treatments, reduce disability, and constrain their health care costs when paying for vital prescriptions.

Goals of the legislation include:
•    Help patients keep their drug costs down.
•    Allow patients to use the drug that their physician has chosen for them.
•    Eliminate unfair cost-sharing practices in commercial health insurance plans and make necessary medications more affordable.
Take action -- ask your representative to sponsor H.R. 460, "Patients' Access to Therapies Act."


Power of Two


Power of Two is a Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America support program that connects people facing challenges brought on by living with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Individuals seeking help are matched with a peer mentor who has experienced similar medical and personal concerns. Power of Two peer mentors are trained to support participants through two phone, email, or video chat exchanges. The program is open to people with Crohn’s or colitis and those with children, family members, or other loved ones with these diseases. Anyone over the age of 10 can apply to be a mentor to provide insights into living with Crohn’s and colitis. (Individuals under the age of 18 will need parental/guardian consent.)Whether you are seeking support or are willing to help others as a peer mentor, please contact Jenny Silberisen at 646-623-2620 or to learn more about Power of Two!



Team Challenge is an endurance training program designed to raise funds to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  Team Challenge trains novice athletes to run or walk a half marathon over a 16-week period, culminating in a half marathon event. Team Challenge is taking you to Napa, Kona, and Virginia

Click here to learn more

If you are interested in learning more about Team Challenge from a Kentuckiana and fellow patient, please contact Christine Stavros at or 502-216-9561

Volunteer & Internship Opportunities

 We love our Volunteers and welcome all interested people to help in the fight against IBD.
Your help is needed with our Take Steps Fundraiser, Love Your Guts Event, Ride Your Guts Out, Adopt a Doctor Program, Educational Programs, Administrative Help and Leadership Committee.

We are also looking for College Interns to help with Take Steps and additional fundraising events. Fall, spring and Summer Interns are welcome. College credits available.

Click here for additional information about the Internship

 For more information about our volunteer and internship program, call us at (646) 623-2620.



Lexington Take Steps Logistic Committee Meeting
Open to everyone interested in learning more
Tuesday August 27th -5:30pm
Beaumont Library
(3080 Fieldstone Way)

Louisville Take Steps Logistic Committee Meeting
Open to everyone interested in learning more
Monday September 9, 2013
St. Matthews Library
(3940 Grandview Avenue)

Cupcakes and Cocktails
September 21, 2013
Eclipse Bank in Louisville

Ask the IBD Experts
October 5, 2013
Baptist Hospital East


Paducah Support Group
* First Thursday of Every Month *
Lourdes Hospital, 1530 Lone Oak Road Paducah, KY 42003
Contact: Renee Koehler for additional information

 Louisville Adult Support Group
*Second Wednesday of every month at 7:00p*
Eclipse Bank 3827 Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 40207
Contact: Cheryl Portman for additional information

Louisville Pediatric & Parent Support Group
* Third Thursday of every month at 6:30p*
Norton Medical Plaza Brownsboro
4950 Norton Healthcare Blvd, Louisville KY 40241, Suite 301
Contact: Jenny Silberisen for additional information

 Ashland Support Group
*Second Tuesday of every month at 6:00p (even numbered months)*
Kings Daughter Medical Center 2201 Lexington Ave Ashland, KY 41101
Contact: Deena Stewart for additional information

 Oak Grove Support Group
First Thursday of every month at 6:30pm
1705 Thompsonville Lane
Oak Grove, KY 42262

Contact: Jeffery Wells (757) 706-0254

Lexington Support Group
* Fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00p*
Eagle Creek Library
101 N. Easgle Creek Drive Lexington, KY 40509
Contact: Jenny Silberisen for additional information

Visit our Chapter website for additional information on events and to see current information about the chapter



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