Thank You for Your Support in 2013!
On behalf of the Northwest Board of Trustees and the more than 60,000 people living in our communities with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, thank you for your support in 2013! With your help we accomplished a lot last year and some of the highlights include, local placement of the Foundation’s national PSA campaign Escape the Stall, conducting extended educational outreach for the first time to the Montana IBD community, expanding our professional education program for nurses to include Portland, and holding our largest Camp Oasis youth program to date.
We have a lot of exciting programs and events on the horizon and I hope that you will join our local Board, volunteers, staff and patients by attending and utilizing our services in 2014. We look forward to every chance we get to connect with our constituents and I encourage you to contact me if we can be of assistance to you and your family.
Jennifer Simmons O’Connor
Annual Benefit Luncheon
Thursday, April 24
Hyatt at Olive 8 - Seattle, WA
Reserve your spot today!
Sandra Kim, MD
Medical Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus, Ohio
In 2013 we raised a record $202,000 in support of the foundation. These crucial dollars support the Foundation’s groundbreaking research in support of better therapies and cures. You can also be assured CCFA spends your dollars wisely, with more than 79 cents of every dollar raised going back into the mission in 2013.
Get involved by becoming a Table Captain in 2014! Table Captains are the backbone of our success and please contact Jennifer at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to become a part of this group of luncheon MVPs.
Left to Right: CCFA Board Member Pam Eakes, 2013 Honoree Livi Carpenter, Ashley O'Connor McCready, First Lady of Washington, Trudi Inslee and CCFA Regional Director, Linda Huse
Autoimmunity: The Bigger Picture of IBD
When a virus or other germs attack your body, your immune system is designed to seek and destroy the invaders but occasionally this same process can harm you when immune cells mistakenly attack healthy tissue. The result is called autoimmunity or self-immunity and can result in one or more autoimmune diseases. No one knows for certain why this happens. Interestingly, even in the most highly predisposed person, a disease may not occur if forewarning and prevention methods are taken. There remains much to learn. At this time there are close to 100 autoimmune conditions recognized, including inflammatory bowel disease.
CCFA Northwest is a proud member of the Autoimmune Advocacy Alliance, a collective effort to achieve clarity, understanding and support for the needs of those living with autoimmune disease.
Join Team Challenge to Complete Your First Endurance Event or Your Next!
SPRING TRAINING STARTS MARCH 2014
Take the Challenge to Change a Life!
Kona Half Marathon- June 22, 2014
Aloha! Looking for a fabulous way to enjoy Hawaii and get in shape? Look no further! Whether you're an experienced endurance athlete or lacing up your first pair of walking shoes, our coaches will prepare you for the event of a lifetime. Then we'll say "mahalo" for your efforts with an expenses-paid trip to beautiful Hawaii!
Napa Half Marathon - July 20, 2014
We're back again with our premier Northwest event, the Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon. Train with Team Challenge throughout the spring and then experience a world-class event in the heart of California's wine country. Celebrate your accomplishments in style with the area's great wineries and restaurants. This event sells out immediately, so don't miss out on an incredible opportunity to help find a cure for Crohn's and colitis AND participate in this exclusive event.
The Napa and Kona teams train together throughout the spring. RSVP for an Info Meeting to learn how you can get started today!
Take Steps Against Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Take Steps is CCFA’s largest fundraiser, and the nation’s only walk dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Participating in a Take Steps walk in your area is not only a great way to help fund progress in research, but also to connect with other members of your own community impacted by digestive diseases. In 2013, the Northwest Take Steps walks in Anchorage, Bend, Portland, Seattle, and Spokane brought together more than 1600 participants and raised approximately $310,000 to fund mission-critical research and essential support services. With YOUR help the Northwest Region can surpass its goal to raise $365,000 through the 2014 Take Steps program. So form a team, register, and start fighting back against Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis TODAY!
Visit www.cctakesteps.org to find an event in your area, or contact your local Take Steps Walk Manager to learn more about getting involved.
Take Steps Walk Managers
Stay Connected With CCFA All Year Long!
CCFA Northwest has a ton of programs and events planned for 2014 already. Be sure to regularly check our website event page for updates on how you can stay connected!