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CCFA Horizons

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

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Nutrition & IBD: Choices for Adults & Kids
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The CHKD Health Center at Oakbrooke
Location: 500 Discovery Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320

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Aware for All: Understanding the Basics of Clinical Trials
Date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Holy Cross Hospital
Professional & Community Education Center
1500 Forest Glen Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910 

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March Fundraising Tip
Are you a Basketball fan?  March Madness is just around the corner!  Putting together a March Madness bracket with friends, family and co-workers is a fun way to get your fundraising started.

Richmond Take Steps
 Sunday, April 27, 2014
 North Shore Commons, Innsbrook

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We are excited to announce the continued support of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center as the Lead Sponsor of the Richmond walk. VCU has partnered with CCFA in the Richmond area for more than five years. As IBD leaders in the Virginia community we couldn’t think of a better collaboration.

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National Capital Area Take Steps

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Washington Monument Grounds

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National Capital Area Kickoff

Get ready to be INSPIRED, MOTIVATED and have some FUN! Join us on Sunday, April 6, 2014 for the National Capital Area Take Steps Kickoff Party at Comet Ping Pong.
Every walk team is encouraged to participate and attend this fun, informative celebration! We will be sharing ideas and success stories and providing you with everything you need to reach your goal!

Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location: Comet Ping Pong
5037 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008

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The Team Challenge Summer Half Marathon Team
kicked off their training season on March 1st but
they still have spots left on the team for YOU.
It's not too late to registere for a Half Marathon
in Kona, Newport, Chicago or Napa. 
Contact Karen Byer at or 301-287-8494.

There is still time to join the Tri Team Challenge Team!
Mention the chapter newsletter and register for only $50!
Contact Kim Teter - 410-227-5145 or

Be sure to stop and visit Team Challenge
at the Rock and Roll DC Expo on March 13 & 14. Or look
for us at mile 12 on the course on Saturday March 15!!

Team Challenge is in need of volunteers to help with a water station at the The Rock n' Roll Half Marathon on Saturday,  March 15th between the hours of 7:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
The Rock n' Roll Half Marathon will make a donation to CCFA based on the number of volunteers we provide so please lend your support and help us raise money to find a cure!
Email Kim: or Karen: to sign up!


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Don’t let winter get you down!

Mark your calendar for the Inaugural Putt an End to Crohn’s & Colitis Golf Classic. 

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Camp 2

A co-ed residential camp for kids with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

Our 2014 session will be held at Camp Tall Timbers
in High View, WV from June 17th - 21st.

Online applications are now AVAILABLE!

Application Deadline is April 14th, 2014

Questions? Please contact Chris Joyce:
(412) 823-8272 x2 /

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BIG NEWS: The CCFA Genetics Initiative has recently discovered at least two genetic pathways that are target-able by existing chemicals/drugs - one of which has already proven to be safe in humans. With continued investment into this research and advancement to clinical trials, The CCFA Genetics Initiative is on the cutting edge of changing lives of IBD patients everywhere. To learn all about these discoveries and science visit:

Watch our new video on groundbreaking IBD genetics research!

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Seeking Support Group Facilitators:

We are currently seeking support group facilitators for Richmond, VA; Roanoke, VA; Hampton Roads, VA; Charlottesville, VA; and Winchester, VA.  Below includes the roles and responsibilities of a support group leader. 

  • Establish frequency and time of meetings; assist in selecting the meeting site, advertising, recruiting and support group reminders.
  • At the request of group members, invite guest speakers on topics of interest.  Ensure all guest speakers are approved by the Education & Support Manager.
  • For each meeting, keep track of attendance and provide this information on the next business day to the Education and Support Manager.
  • Possess effective communication skills to encourage, impact and explain often difficult topics in an approachable way.
  • Other duties as assigned.

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Contact our Information Resource Center: 888.694.8872 or For tips, sharing, and support from other people with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, join our free CCFA Community site.

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To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

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