Los Angeles Chapter's Executive Director on the Air

Saturday, October 11, 2014 | 4 PM to 9 PM | Bridgeport Park, Santa Clarita

A big THANK YOU to KHTS AM 1220 for having CCFA's very own LA Chapter Executive Director Catherine Erlinger on the air Thursday, October 2, 2014! Catherine did an amazing job promoting IBD awareness and CCFA's mission and programs, including Take Steps Santa Clarita. Join us this Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 4pm at Bridgport Park in Santa Clarita to be a part of all of the festivities. 

For more information, please call Walk Manager, Dorit Jacoby at (310) 478-4513 or email her at  There is also more information at the website:


Burbank Support Group Facilitator's Essay Posted on CNN

Doug Yakich
Doug Yakich, our chapter's Burbank Support Group Facilitator, recently posted an essay on CNN iReport titled “Ostomy, a National Discussion Must Begin” and it quickly got a lot of attention, including the editors and reporters who work for CNN.  On Thursday, May 16, 2013 CNN approved Doug's essay and posted it in an article on the homepage, and now in the health section. Read the article HERE!
Visit the Burbank Support Group's web page for the monthly meeting dates and times.

A Team Challenge Participant's Inspiring Story

As Team Challenge gears up for its triathlon season, ulcerative colitis patient, Grant Henry, gets ready for a challenge of his own.  Henry aspires to participate in the IRONMAN World Championship with the greatest endurance athletes of all time to raise awareness and funds for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  Henry entered the world-famous Kona Inspired, a contest that allows individuals to share their stories for a chance to participate in the World Championship. 

Henry, a 29-year-old Los Angeles resident, has been battling the digestive disease for over six years.  He has endured pain, multiple colonoscopies and extended hospitalizations.  After joining Team Challenge and completing the Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, he came back as the Greater LA honoree, continuing his support for the program.  Henry made it his mission to raise awareness for those that endure the same pain.

“It started when I was 23—I was the epitome of health. Then, in an instant, my life completely changed,” says Henry.  “I bled a lot and had uncontrollable diarrhea. I have made it my mission to never let my illness stand in my way.  I may not be one of the first people to cross the finish line, but when I do, that sense of accomplishment makes me realize that anything is possible.”

Henry created a 90 second video titled “From the Bathroom to Kona” sharing his story with the world.  He hopes to participate in the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona on October 12 on behalf of those suffering with IBD. To view and vote for his video, click here

“I have achieved things that I would have never attempted if it were not for ulcerative colitis. Things that I used to say, ‘I can’t’ to are now replaced with ‘I can and I will!” says Henry. “I want to encourage others to push themselves, so I am continuing my adventure with Team Challenge to spread awareness.”

On September 22, Team Challenge will be participating in the TriRock San Diego Triathlon, raising funds and awareness.  For more information on the Greater LA/OC team, please visit

Join us this season to make a difference, to get in shape, to support a loved one who suffers from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, to make new friends, to lose weight, or even just to have fun! The possibilities are endless!

For more information on the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America or Team Challenge, please contact Jessica Dean at 310-694-3343 or