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CCFA Horizons

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

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 IBD and Pain



One of the most common symptoms among patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis is pain, but there is little research on therapies for pain in the IBD population. Pain in IBD: Causes & Treatment Options will provide patients and loved ones with information on the causes of pain in IBD and discuss various therapies that may provide relief.

Presented by pain and IBD expert Eva Szigethy, MD, PhD, the event will also discuss the overlap between IBD and IBS, and how research on IBS may inform treatment of pain in IBD.
Space is limited.

Date: September 17, 2013
Time: 8:00PM-9:00PM ET
(5:00PM-6:00PM PT)


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Dr. Michael Ryan, Digestive & Liver Disease Specialists
IBD Research

Dr. John Sayles, Sentara Surgery Specialists
IBD Surgery

Dr. Mark Tsou, Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters
Pediatric IBD


Date: November 16, 2013
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm


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September is here, school is beginning and two of our TAKE STEPS WALKS are just around the corner! Our main priority is raising funds to continue programs like patient education, Camp Oasis and to fund research to help find a cure! But we need your help!!

Sign up today and make a self- donation and then,  email your friends, family and co-workers to donate to this important cause.

If you are already register and have raised funds, THANK YOU! Continue your efforts and we look forward to seeing you on walk day!


                            HAMPTON ROADS TAKE STEPS

Register Again 


Date: October 6, 2013
Location: Mount Trashmore Park
Registration: 2:00 pm
Walk Start: 3:00 pm



Register Again


Date: October 20, 2013
Location: Temporary Road Pavilion
Registration: 3:00 pm
Walk Start: 4:00 pm


For additional information, please email
Kassandra Kearse at

bob s We are happy to announce that CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent and Anchor of Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer, will serve as the 2014 Take Steps Honorary Chair.  Bob has been a friend to the Foundation for some time and we truly appreciate his continued support of our walk program. A renowned broadcast journalist, Bob will certainly give an amplified voice to the 1.4 million American adults and children who are affected by these debilitating digestive diseases.




CCFA has been named the official charity partner of the 2014 IRONMAN® Chattanooga triathlon! CCFA will send a team of up to 100 athletes through Team Challenge, our endurance training and fundraising program. For more information, contact Adina Wolf at or (917) 692-4644.

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The Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area will officially kick-off this year on September 4th. The DC/Virginia Chapter is proud to participate in the workplace giving campaign of Community Health Charities. At many workplaces throughout the DC/Virginia area, employees can direct contributions to the charity of their choice. Look for our name and agency code in your company campaign. If you don’t find us, please ask your employer to add CCFA. The DC/Virginia Chapter CFC Number is 36149. Here are some wonderful benefits of supporting CCFA through workplace giving:


  •   Your donation provides CCFA with a reliable, year-round source of funding. Because we can be assured of year-round funding, the recipients of our research dollars and education and support services are assured of year-round assistance.
  •   You can have confidence in us. Each year our chapter reapplies to participate in this campaign and meet a strict set of guidelines approved by CFC.
  • If you choose payroll deduction, you benefit by spacing your contribution out over a year. We benefit by receiving what is likely a larger contribution than could be given at one time.
  • Workplace giving is cost-effective and an efficient way for CCFA to raise money. The cost of participating in a workplace giving campaign is significantly lower than the cost to raise an equal amount through direct mail or other fundraising events.

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For more information on sponsorship or tickets, contact Dina Gordon at or 301-287-8494.


Join us for the first meeting of the Parent Networking Group in Richmond on Tuesday, September 17th. Our topic will be getting Your IBD Student Ready To Go Back To School. Click here to learn more.

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A round of applause to the Joshi family for hosting a very special performance of Romeo and Juliet to benefit CCFA.

Youth Leadership



Attention college freshman and sophomore leaders! New member applications for the National Council of College Leaders are available.


 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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