The 2014 NW Arkansas Honored Hero is "Doing Good" to spread awareness. 

Check out the news coverage that aired on November 24, 2014 HERE!

Thank you to our 2014 Ask the Experts speakers

(Left to Right) Tracy Winder, MS, RD, CNSC, LC, Laura Generou, LCSW then Dr. Elizabeth McDonough and Dr. Cyrus Tamboli

Out of the Locker Room

Coach Tommy Tice and his wife JoAnn are speaking out about how Crohn's disease has affected the life of the winning-est active football coach in Arkansas. Read the full article that appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazzette Features section on October 4, 2014 here!

Corporate Happy Hour with Coach Tommy Tice - October 7, 2014Watch the interview with Coach Tommy Tice at the CCFA-Arkansas Chapter Corporate Happy Hour on Tuesday, October 7th at Mellow Mushroon in Rogers, AR.Thank you Coach Tice and JoAnn!

Casting for a Cure Bass Tournament - September 21, 2014
Congratulations to Casting for a Cure first place winners Brian Bean and Dennis Bean with a total fish weigh in of 16.47lbs! Second place went to Duke Gunnell and Brandon Rhoden, 11.81lbs; third place and biggest bass to Larry Vaughan and Tony Usdrowski, 11.68lbs; fourth place to Timmy Poe, 10.60lbs; fifth place Terry Cordrum and Pat Bell, 9.72lbs; and sixth place to Hunter Braughan and Dayton Taylor, 9.25lbs, Congratulations to all! Everyone is a winner in this tournament having raised more than $5,000 for IBD research. (Pictured here father/son team Brian and Dennis Bean with Bethany Ethridge and Tiffany Talbert)

The 3rd Annual Don Frantz Memorial Golf Tournament - September 15, 2014
A big thanks to New Age Distributing and the family of Don Frantz for hosting this wonderful event at the Country Club of Arkansas in Maumelle. This event spreads awareness of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis to our community and raises funds for much needed research.

Nursing Perspectives: Management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease - August 26, 2014
A big thanks to our speaker Alisa Petit, RN, Director of Operations at Gastro Arkansas. 
Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Night - August 8, 2014
The Arkansas Travelers and CCFA Arkansas teamed up at Dickey Stephens Park on August 8 to provide educational materials to those suffering from IBD and to spread awareness to the community about local CCFA programs.


2 local women complete half-marathon in Nashville

Runners Suzy Taylor Oakley, 49, of Batesville and Jessica Hogue, 31, of Sulphur Rock were among 2,911 finishers Saturday, Sept. 22, in the Nashville Women's Half Marathon & 5K.

Oakley, running her first half-marathon (13.1 miles), finished in 2:41:08, and Hogue followed shortly behind in 2:52:21.

Oakley, whose husband, Bruce, has Crohn’s disease, competed as part of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's “Team Challenge” endurance training and fundraising program for runners, walkers, cyclists and triathletes. The Tennessee, Georgia, Carolinas, St. Louis and National teams gathered 65 runners from around the country who together raised more than $150,000 to fight inflammatory bowel diseases.

Team Challenge offers 14-week training plans, which include coaching and fundraising mentors at central sites or through weekly emails and conference calls as participants prepare for destination events several times a year. Oakley joined the National Team in mid-June. She raised $3,425 and raced in a special “Top Fundraiser” racing bib as one of the five runners raising the most money through the event.

This was the first year of a three-year partnership with CCFA as the benefit organization of the Lady Speed Stick Nashville Women's Half Marathon.

The Oakleys will volunteer Oct. 20 at the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation’s “Take Steps Be Heard” walk in Lowell. Arkansas has two CCFA walks a year: in Little Rock in May and in northwest Arkansas in October.

Check out Suzie and Bruce's blogs and the Team Challenge Website to see how you can get involved!

Suzy Oakley’s blog:

Bruce Oakley’s blog: