Cheering on the crowd at a recent Take Steps walk in NYC
Cheering on the crowd at a recent Take Steps walk in NYC

Cheering on the crowd at a recent Take Steps walk in NYC

Take Steps is the CCFA of America’s largest fundraising event. We raise funds and awareness while we come together to celebrate the steps that have been taken toward cures!

Have a fulfilling campus life
Have a fulfilling campus life

Have a fulfilling campus life

Coping with inflammatory bowel diseases as a college student can feel overwhelming, but with the right management you can still have a fruitful, fun-filled college experience.

Connect with other college students dealing with IBD just like you.
Connect with other college students dealing with IBD just like you.

Connect with other college students dealing with IBD just like you.

We like to have fun while fighting for a great cause.
We like to have fun while fighting for a great cause.

We like to have fun while fighting for a great cause.

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Abby Searfoss
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Abby

College:University of Connecticut

I came across CCFA my freshman year of college, and it has totally changed my life since then.

I am currently a junior at UConn in the NEAG School of Education studying Special Education, and am just finishing up my first year as a member of the . Much of my childhood was spent in Naperville, Illinois, but since the beginning of high school I have called Ridgefield, Connecticut my home with my parents and two younger sisters, Sarah who is 15 and Jane who is 13.

After being...


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  • 1 in 200 suffer from IBD

    As a college student living with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, we think you will find this site to be a helpful resource. Our online community can connect you to other students who have made a smooth and successful transition to college.

    Here you will find tips for adjusting to your new environment and how to participate in local chapter events, and how you can volunteer and become an advocate for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) mission.

  • Become a National Youth Leadership Council member

    CCFA is seeking exceptional, highly motivated college freshmen and sophomores to join the National Youth Leadership Council.  The goals are to increase awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis through youth-focused advocacy, create new fundraising opportunities, and provide support to college students struggling with IBD. 

    Apply Now
  • TAKE STEPS and TEAM CHALLENGE

    Walk for fun with Take Steps. Or train for a half marathon, triathlon, or cycling event with Team Challenge. Sign up for one or both events and raise IBD awareness and the funds needed to help find a cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

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Beheard Get tips on how to manage your IBD during those stress-filled study sessions.
Get tips on how to manage your IBD during those stress-filled study sessions.

Get tips on how to manage your IBD during those stress-filled study sessions.

Raising awareness on Capitol Hill during IBD Day on the Hill.
Raising awareness on Capitol Hill during IBD Day on the Hill.

Raising awareness on Capitol Hill during IBD Day on the Hill.

Ashton Rosin
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Ashton

College:University of California, Los Angeles

Discovering my sense of empowerment has been essential to actively creating the life I choose to live.

Ashton was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 10. “For me it was and is never about being a patient, it’s about living my life to the fullest and never holding my disease responsible for missing out on one thing or another”, said Ashton. Since then, empowerment has been her key to find her own success and help others to do the same.

As a UCLA junior with a...


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Take Steps Video

Take Steps

Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's walk for a cure. In this video, participants talk about how these diseases have affected their lives, and why they're taking steps toward a future without them.

Build lasting bonds
Build lasting bonds

Build lasting bonds

When you become a part of Campus Connection, you become part of a family.

Amelia Brause
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Amelia

College:University of Pittsburgh

Over the past ten years, CCFA has had an incredible impact on my life in ways I could not have anticipated.

I am a junior at the University of Pittsburgh studying neuroscience in hopes of pursuing a career in healthcare focused specifically on inflammatory bowel disease and the search for a cure. On campus I am involved with Student Government as well as Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life and my sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. In addition, I am a proud advocate for CCFA and the NCCL. I also perform...


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Join this life-changing community of dynamic, young leaders!
Join this life-changing community of dynamic, young leaders!

Join this life-changing community of dynamic, young leaders!

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Brandon Gillman
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Brandon

College:Washington University in St. Louis

I am doing everything I can to help find a cure and am looking forward to where the NYLC will take me!

My name is Brandon Gillman and I am currently a junior at Washington University in St. Louis. I grew up and went to high school in Livingston, New Jersey and now I live in Boca Raton, FL. I am studying systems engineering, with a minor in operations and supply chain management and am a brother in the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

I actually took a year off between high school...


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