50 Years of Improving Lives

For 50 years, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has served the IBD community, touching the lives of patients, caregivers, physicians, researchers, donors, staff, and volunteers through its education, support, advocacy, and research initiatives. The following stories from members of the IBD community share how the Foundation has had an impact on their lives over the past five decades. These stories are meant to inspire, empower, and remind you that you are never alone in your IBD journey.

Rebecca and Dan Kaplan

Rebecca's Story

Rebecca's Story

In 2010, my husband Dan ended up in the hospital with an E.coli infection following a routine colonoscopy. Dan had been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease three years prior and his disease progressed rapidly.

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Suzanne Fry

Suzanne's Story

Suzanne's Story

I remember thinking I must be allergic to something and this will be a quick fix. Boy, was I ever so wrong! The tests came back - I had elevated liver enzymes.

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Jerry

Jerry's Story

Jerry's Story

The Foundation has been instrumental in bringing this chronic condition to the forefront, providing help and comfort to those who have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease.

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Christine

Christine's Story

Christine's Story

The reason that I love this organization and the work that we do is that one word - hope. I have hope because I've seen firsthand the results our research has accomplished.

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Rhondell

Rhondell's Story

Rhondell's Story

When I was first diagnosed with Crohn's disease at 12 years old, there were only 2 treatments available. When those treatments stopped working, the only other option was surgery.

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Michael

Michael's Story

Michael's Story

I was diagnosed with Crohn's when I was 21 years old. I was operated on for removal of my appendix but they found I had Crohn's disease.

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Samantha

Samantha's Story

Samantha's Story

When I got diagnosed with Crohn's, I felt like the weirdest person. I didn't know a single soul with Crohn's disease. In fact, I had never even heard of it.

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Lucy Laub takes steps for Crohn's & Colitis

Lucy's Story

Lucy's Story

I began showing symptoms of Crohn's/Colitis when I was 10 1/2 years old, but wasn't diagnosed until I was 15. I am now 20 and since being diagnosed I have had times of flares and times of remission.

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Derek

Derek's Story

Derek's Story

I once thought that my life wouldn’t count for anything because I was so sick. Today I am working hard every day to make it count for me, my daughter, and the other patients that I serve.

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Robin

Robin's Story

Robin's Story

Because of the Foundation, I now have a network of IBD friends that are more like family all across the country.

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Whitney

Whitney's Story

Whitney's Story

It is unbelievably agonizing as a parent to worry that your child will have to endure the same hardships you did. However, our patients and the work we do gives me hope.

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Laura

Laura's Story

Laura's Story

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation has filled the void that I felt as a newly diagnosed patient, giving me a completely different outlook on this disease. I have made incredible lifelong friends through all of these programs, while making an impact.

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Elisa

Elisa's Story

Elisa's Story

When we found the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation, it gave us a place to channel our energy and anger. We could talk to others but more importantly we could do something.

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Rachel

Rachel's Story

Rachel's Story

The NCCL has helped me grow as a leader and provided me with opportunities to reach other patients, network, and advocate. I have met the most amazing people on the NCCL, and they inspire me everyday to persevere through hard times.

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Angel

Angel's Story

Angel's Story

I have made life-long friends and created a new family. The Foundation gave me that. The determination of these people to take control over their disease is what inspires me every day. I learn from them.

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Cara

Cara's Story

Cara's Story

I can hope, that when a cure is found it will help a lot of people to avoid living with this horrible disease and they too can live a normal life!

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Grady

Grady's Story

Grady's Story

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has exposed me to so many amazing people, places, and stories that motivate and inspire me every day. I'm humbled to have met incredible people working hard to find a cure and I'm even more driven to fight for the voiceless and those weaker than I.

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Debra

Debra's Story

Debra's Story

After years of begging my daughter to go to Camp Oasis she finally agreed. This one week of camp was such a huge life changer for her and for me. She finally felt like she was a part of a group and wasn't the only sick child. She had other stories to listen to and people to understand her.

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Kathleen

Kathleen's Story

Kathleen's Story

When I got sick and had to have surgery 5 years ago, I was overwhelmed by the support I received from the people I met through the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - plus the love I got from my Crohnies I know from Camp Oasis.

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Pamela

Pamela's Story

Pamela'sStory

But, when asked why I got involved with the Foundation, it became clear that not only do I believe so deeply in their mission but I am proud to be a part of this community.

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Emily

Emily's Story

Emily's Story

The Foundation has allowed to be open about my disease and share my story to help others who are struggling with these diseases.

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Addy

Addy's Story

Addy's Story

The resources, education, and support of the Foundation have forever changed our lives. We could not be in the emotional position we are without this Foundation.

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Patrick

Patrick's Story

Patrick's Story

I am grateful for all of the help from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and its commitment to research. I really, REALLY hope a cure is found soon, not just for me but for everyone.

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Amy

Amy's Story

Amy's Story

Having IBD and being involved with the Foundation has taught me the extent of my own strength as well as the strength of others around me. Being sick is not always a curse, and although it can be a true challenge, it has shown me that together, we can and will make a difference in the lives of many!

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Jennifer

Jennifer's Story

Jennifer's Story

I'm excited about what we are doing because I know the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation will cure these diseases and when when we do, I want to be a part of it.

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Mallory

Mallory's Story

Mallory's Story

We are so thankful for the research, patient programs and overall sense of community that the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation has given us. The work that this organization does gives us hope that one day we'll live in a world free of these terrible diseases!

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