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Click here for the November issue of CCFA DC/Virginia E-Newsletter:



Maryland Restroom Access:  Bill Passed


Under a law passed by the Maryland General Assembly (Maryland Code Ann. Health-General § 24-209), persons who have been judged by their health care provider to have an eligible medical condition can use a card signed by the provider to use a non-public toilet facility in a retail establishment.  Eligible medical conditions include: Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel diseases, conditions that require the use of an ostomy device, or other conditions that require immediate access to a toilet facility.


Download and print YOUR identification card, get it signed by YOUR health care provider and carry it for when you need it MOST.



Genetics Initiative



CBS Cares and so does Bob Schieffer:

When you hear the name Bob Schieffer, you immediately think journalist, broadcaster, Emmy Award winner and author.  He has been one of the few journalists to cover all four major Washington national assignments: the White House, The Pentagon, United States Department of State, and United States Congress. 

What you may not know, is that Schieffer is an ulcerative colitis patient, having been diagnosed in 1974.  Schieffer will serve as Honorary Chair for Take Steps throughout the 2014 walk season.  “I’ve been dealing with ulcerative colitis since 1974 and we still don’t know all the reasons why people get these terrible diseases,” said Bob Schieffer, CBS Chief Washington Correspondent; Anchor, "Face the Nation”. “It's very interesting: ulcerative colitis is what we kind of call a 'below-the-belt' disease -- people are reluctant to talk about UC, for the obvious reasons. And that's why I think it is very important for those of us who have suffered from digestive diseases, to talk about it and help raise awareness,” said Schieffer.

 



Watch the CBS Cares PSA today!!


Register for a Take Steps Walk in your community:

National Capital Area, June 21st

Hampton Roads, September 21st

NOVA, October 19th

Advoacy Update:

A Greater Washington D.C. / Virginia Chapter Advocacy Committee has been formed to support current local and national legislative efforts that will improve the lives of individuals living with inflammatory bowel disease. If you are interested in being a part of the Greater Washington DC/Virginia Chapter Advocacy Committee, please contact Regional Education and Support Manager, Caneka Mcneil by phone at: 301-287-8494 or via email: cmcneil@ccfa.org.

For more information on CCFA's national advocacy efforts, please contact the chapter today!

Glass Half Full

Janelle Baliko, a Maryland resident with Crohn’s disease sets out to kayak 100 miles of the Connecticut River for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. Check out her story.

 

CCFA DC/Virginia Chapter on Let's Talk Live

Check out a great clip of Kevin Harlen and Dr. Eric Pollack as they discuss the 2012 National Capital Area Take Steps Walk.