TURN UP THE HEAT WITH TEAM CHALLENGE!
Joan Challman, a Team Challenge alumna from Ketchum, Idaho, certainly has not let distance stop her from making a huge impact through her participation in our Northwest Chapter’s half marathon training program. She has been a teammate for the Las Vegas 2012 season and returned with her oldest daughter to fundraise and run the 2013 Napa to Sonoma half marathon this July. Joan trained for both events in Idaho (and while traveling) by following the team’s weekly training schedule and she took advantage of the fundraising support offered by CCFA. She has raised over $16,000 to date through her Team Challenge efforts!
PUT SOME SUMMER IN YOUR WINTER: Team Challenge is currently recruiting walkers, runners, first time athletes, and seasoned veterans alike for the Miami Half Marathon on February 2nd, 2014! Our National Team Challenge Head Coach Dave McGovern will lead one national team through 16 weeks of training and your national manager Cindie will guide you to fundraising success! Check out www.ccteamchallenge.org for more information and to request program details.
Casino Night & Auction 2013
Saturday, November 9th
415 Westlake Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
7 pm to 11 pm
$100 per person
Join your fellow CCFA supporters for an exciting night out and have the chance to bid on exclusive auction items, such as an on field experience with the Seattle Seahawks, a Mexico vacation getaway, a VIP Pearl Jam Experience and much more!
You can also test your gaming skills on the poker, craps and roulette tables while enjoying wine, and local brews from Two Beers Brewing as well as delicious Northwest appetizers.
This is not a party you will want to miss and all the funds raised will support the Northwest Chapter of CCFA, people living with inflammatory bowel disease and important research in search of a cure!
Taking Steps Into 2014
2013 was a GREAT year for the Northwest’s Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis Walks! Together the Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Bend, Billings, Boise, and Anchorage communities joined together to raise over $315,000! This could not have been accomplished without each and every one of YOU! Your fundraising efforts, sponsorships and volunteer hours have helped us Take Steps toward our mission! Remember, it’s not too late you can still raise donations for your team until the end of the year!
KUDOS to the TOP Northwest Region Take Steps Fundraising Teams:
Team Rask - Portland; Team Panda - Bend; Team Jones - Spokane; The Brown Shorts - Seattle; The Big Dogs - Billings; Jack’s Party Poopers - Boise; Kinard Komandos - Anchorage
We are looking for passionate individuals like YOU to help us take our walks to the next level. Contact the Take Steps Walk Manager in your area to get involved, and stay tuned for exciting information about the 2014 Take Steps for Crohn’s and Colitis walks!
Seattle and Eastern Washington: Contact Adrienne Genise at email@example.com or 425-451-8455, ext. 4
Portland and Bend: Contact Shelly Jones at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-936-7435
Billings, Boise, and Anchorage: Contact Jackie Peterson at email@example.com or 646-430-4841
Featured CCFA Volunteers!
Robyn Pfeifer and Katherine Venables are busy college sophomores, handling full course loads while dealing with their IBD, and who have made time to be stellar volunteers for CCFA!
After giving a week of their summers to serve as cabin counselors at Camp Oasis this year, the two decided to start a support group for college students in Seattle. They kicked off the group with a presentation on how to manage IBD at college, sharing their personal experiences on requesting accommodations and juggling the busy academic schedule and social life of college. Robyn and Katherine’s support group, called “CCFA College Student Forum” began this month and will meet monthly on the University of Washington campus. Click here to learn more about all of CCFA’s support groups around the Northwest.
Q: When we are struggling with IBD, how can I coordinate friends and family who ask “What can I do to help?”
A: CCFA is proud to launch “Lotsa Helping Hands,” which powers online caring communities that help restore health and balance to caregivers’ lives. The service brings together caregivers and volunteers through online communities that organize daily life during times of medical crisis or caregiver exhaustion in neighborhoods and communities worldwide. The hallmark of the service is the caregiver-focused Help Calendar, which enables members to schedule and sign up for tasks that provide respite for the caregiver including meals for the family, rides to medical appointments, and visits. Now, when someone asks “What can I do to help?” the answer is “Give me your name and email address” the system takes over and allows people to sign up and start helping. Get involved in helping caregivers in your world here.
Join CCFA's Volunteer Network!
Do you want to be a part of the Northwest Chapter’s new volunteer network and continue to contribute your valuable skills to our programs and events all year round? Please contact Kelsi Messling at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our growing volunteer network and receive upcoming volunteer opportunities in your area!
Wednesday, Oct. 23: Decision Making & IBD -- Vancouver, WA
Saturday, Oct. 26: Halloween Party for Kids with IBD Seattle, WA
Saturday, Nov. 2: Best Practices in IBD Management Renton, WA
Saturday, Nov. 9: Casino Night & Auction --Seattle, WA
Saturday, Nov. 16: Nursing Perspectives: Management of IBD -- Portland, OR
Sunday, Nov. 17: Team Challenge Rock & Roll Half Marathon Las Vegas, NV
Dec. 1-7: Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week
Thursday, Dec. 5: CCFA Northwest Webcast
Tuesday, Dec. 10: Clinical Trials in IBD -- Puyallup, WA
Saturday, Dec. 14: Holiday Party Youth Activity Newcastle, WA