IBD Family Education Day
Register HERE today!
CCFA of Southwest Ohio and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital present
The 9th Annual IBD Family Education Day
Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Manor House, Mason OH
11 AM - Registration and Continental Breakfast
12 to 4 PM - Keynote Presentation and Workshops
Featuring Keynote Speaker Carrie Johnson.
Education Day features workshops for adult patients, pediatric patients, and loved ones/caregivers. Cost is $5 for CCFA members and $10 for the general public. If you are interested in CCFA membership, please visit www.ccfa.org
. A limited number of scholarships are available. Please contact the Southwest Ohio CCFA office at 513.772.3550 with questions.
Register online TODAY at www.ccfa.org/chapters/swohio
Registration deadline is February 10th, 2014
What Will Your Challenge Be? Team Challenge Information Sessions Start Soon!
In this winter cold, it’s safe to say everyone is looking forward to summer! You can make your summer even more exciting - imagine yourself in Napa Valley, Chicago, Kona, Providence, even Dublin or Madrid! Team Challenge can take you to your choice of half marathons in these cities, and you’ll get to train locally with other teammates dedicated to finding a cure for Crohn’s and colitis!
Team Challenge is CCFA’s endurance training program and is open to people of all abilities - from beginner to advanced, all runners and walkers benefit from professional coaching support. Fundraising includes accommodations on race weekend, training plans, race entry fees, pasta dinner, a training shirt and jersey for the race, and more! The program also includes local group training sessions, which provide both support and camaraderie. Our staff is sensitive to the needs of our teammates with IBD, ensuring that training routes incorporate bathrooms along the way.
Interested in learning more? Check out one of our local information sessions in February!
Sat, Feb. 8th @ 11:00am Oakley Library. 4033 Gilmore Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45209
Mon, Feb 10th @ 6:30pm Fleet Feet (Blue Ash). 9525 Kenwood Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242
Thurs, Feb 13th @ 6:30pm Buckeye Running (Mason). 4200 Aero Dr. Mason, OH 45040
Tues, Feb 18th @ 6:30pm Cheviot Library. 3711 Robb Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45211
Sat, Feb. 22nd @ 10:30am Up & Running (Kettering). 6125 Far Hills Ave. Dayton, OH 45459
Tues, Feb 25th @ 7:00pm Online Webinar & Conference Call. Online.ccfa.org/teamchallenge8. Call: 866-952-8437 Code:442-999-333
Wed, Feb 26th @ 6:30pm Sharonville Community Center. 10990 Thornview Dr. Cincinnati, OH 45241.
RSVP for an Info Session HERE or contact Traci Osborne, Endurance Manager at email@example.com or 513-772-3550x2.
2014 Take Steps Cincinnati
Even though it is hard to imagine during these very cold winter months… it is almost time to get ready for spring! The Take Steps Cincinnati walk is being held on May 17, 2014 at a new and exciting location - Sharon Woods Lakeside Lodge! Because of its popularity, this will again be a morning walk, beginning with registration at 9:00 AM, and promptly at 9:30 AM the walk will begin. This year we will have access to the 2.6 mile walking track that surrounds the lake at Sharon Woods. So make sure to REGISTER TODAY and lace up those sneaker to join us in TAKINGSTEPS to find a cure!!!!
Meet our 2014 Cincinnati Honored Hero - Shaan Ahuja
My name is Shaan Ahuja and I am really excited to be this year’s Take Steps Honored Hero in Cincinnati. My family and I have been active with the Take Steps Walk for the last 4 years. My mom has also been on the Take Steps Committee the last 3 years. This is the 5th year for Team GoShaanGo! And we hope to make this our biggest yet!
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease just after my 6th birthday, when I was in kindergarten. The first few years after I found out I had Crohn’s were really, really hard. I missed lots of games for the sports I loved (soccer, basketball, and baseball). Sometimes it would seem like I was getting better and then out of nowhere, I would end up being really sick. But the last couple of years have been pretty good. I’ve been able to play the sports I love, hang out with friends in the neighborhood, and eat my favorite foods like popcorn and chocolate.
Having Crohn’s hasn’t been easy, but it’s not everything about who I am. It’s a part of who I am. Because of having Crohn’s, I’ve been able to do cool stuff, like be a part of Take Steps. Last summer, I went to Camp Oasis, a weeklong camp in Michigan just for kids with Crohn’s and Colitis. I’m also a Children’s Champion for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. This past fall, my friends at school donated money to have an out of uniform day in honor of CCFA. I talked about my experiences during morning announcements and it really felt great to have some of my friends finally understand what I go through - the good and the bad.
My family and I are really involved with CCFA. I hope you’ll get involved to. Some ideas:
I appreciate you taking an interest in the Take Steps Walk here in Cincinnati and hope to see you on Saturday, May 17th in Sharon Woods Park. Together we can make a difference for people like me and anyone who suffers from challenges with IBD.
March 8, 2014
8:30am in West Chester, Ohio
Join the team for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation at the Shamrock Shuffle! The more members of our team, the bigger donation we will receive! You can run or walk the 5k or 10k distance, and kids can participate in the Leprechaun Lap!
To register now, click here. Select Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Team Challenge from the drop down menu when it asks for your team affiliation!
For more upcoming events in our chapter, visit www.ccfa.org/chapters/swohio/ or call us at 513.772.3550.
Camp Oasis will be held at Camp Copneconic in Fenton, MI July 6th-12th, 2014. Apply online at www.ccfa.org/camps. The application deadline is March 31st, but space is limited, so please try to apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please call 855-847-9433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Camp Oasis is a program for children and teens with medically stable Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. We serve campers entering grades 2-11 in 2014, and Leaders in Training entering grade 12 in 2014.
For more information, visit www.ccfa.org/get-involved/camp-oasis/.
Local Support Groups
703 Compton Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45231
Family Life Center.
Meets: Third Monday, Monthly, 7 to 8:30 PM
10500 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242
Bethesda North Hospital, Schreiner Room
Meets: Third Tuesday, Monthly, 7 to 8:30 PM
Interested in starting a support group in your area? Contact the Southwest Ohio Chapter at 513.772.3550 or email@example.com.
Volunteer at Your Local Chapter!
We are always looking for dedicated volunteers to help us both in and out of the office. Office tasks include typing, filing, mailings, and other administrative tasks. Out of office tasks include helping with calls to potential donors, and distribution of marketing materials. You could also choose to serve on a planning committee for a special event, or as an ambassador to local patients. Call 513-772-3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested.
KROGER and CCFA Southwest Ohio
As we hope you know, we continue to partner with the Kroger Company. If you have not already registered CCFA Southwest Ohio to get credit when you swipe your Kroger Plus Card, please consider doing so ASAP. You simply go on-line to Kroger.com and follow the instructions to elect CCFA Southwest Ohio as your not-for-profit organization choice for their Kroger Rewards Program.
Remember, our chapter will get credit every time you swipe your card at any Kroger. This will not affect your fuel points or other Kroger benefits in any way. As an FYI, Kroger is not on a calendar fiscal year, so you still have time to make a positive impact for our foundation this year and into 2014!!!!