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Erin T.

  • School: Muhlenberg College
  • Major: Theatre and Media Communications
  • Hometown: Blue Bell, PA
  • I am a sophomore at Muhlenberg College, double majoring in Theatre and Media Communications. On campus, I am the Show Choir's Music Director, the Office of Information Technology's Resident Technician, Catholic Campus Ministry'a Public Relations Office, and work as the Theatre Department's Student Master Carpenter In addition, I mentor my high school's FIRST Robotics Team. I grew up in Blue Bell, PA, and am a proud member of the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter of the CCFA.

    With the help of the CCFA, I have thrived through the most difficult period of my life.  At age ten, I began to experience symptoms of extreme nausea, fatigue, and lost 20 pounds in a matter of weeks.  The answer, Crohn’s Disease, came about 6 months later following a battery of tests and hospital visits.  

    One of my first adventures following the diagnosis was CCFA’s Camp Oasis.  From my first day at camp, I realized it was a place to spend time without worry, and an opportunity to make meaningful, lasting friendships with people I would have never met otherwise.  Summer 2015 will be my 9th summer at Camp Oasis.  It is an amazing experience to return as a counselor.  My goal is to be able to give back to others what Camp Oasis and the CCFA have given me. I also captain Team Tiffany for the Take Steps Walk in order to encourage others to fight for a cure.

    During my time with the CCFA, I have become an advocate for adults and children living with Crohn’s and UC, serving as the 2007 Youth Ambassador, the 2013 Honored Hero, and now as a member of the College Council.  Having an outlet to help deal with a potentially debilitating disease while serving others is a tremendous honor. The CCFA has been there for me since my diagnosis, helping me along the path of turning a challenge into an opportunity.

    I love sharing my story and speaking with others so please reach out if you have any questions or just want to talk!

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