Highlights from the Northwest Region!
Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week
The Northwest saw record participation in this year's Crohn's & Colitis Awareness Week, December 1-7! Many people showed their support by changing their profile pictures to the awareness week logo, tweeting and posting about IBD, and attending exciting events. Thank you to everyone who spread awareness and showed patients the huge community they are a part of!
2013 Crohn’s and Colitis Climb for a Cure!
Sam Peterson and his father, Charlie Peterson of Seattle, WA, both living with the challenge of ulcerative colitis (UC), climbed Mt. Baker in northern Washington State from August 9 - 11 to raise money for CCFA. At 10,781 feet, volcanic Mt. Baker is the second-most glaciated peak in Washington, and requires roped-up, expert-guided glacier-climbing techniques.
Having been afflicted for years with this life-altering disease, both Sam and Charlie feel strongly about this cause. Sam battled UC and its serious medical complications for 16 months before undergoing a colectomy and j-pouch reconstruction. After 3 surgeries and an extensive recovery period, Sam is feeling ready to tackle this climb. Sam’s dad Charlie, has been living with and managing UC since his early twenties.
To support the Climb for a Cure, please visit the website: http://bit.ly/14WUxw9
Pictures from the climb are posted on the website! Many thanks for your support!
Cowboys vs Crohn's
Cowboys vs. Crohn’s is a project that cousins Nick Roach and Jack Chambers have formulated over the past couple of years. It takes the best parts of their summers on the ranch in Montana and combines it with a cause that they can truly support given the way Crohn’s has affected their family. Starting on July 7, 2013, they set out from Gardiner, MT (from Hells Aroarin’ Outfitters, the ranch where they worked) on a 1,300 mile horseback ride to Bellingham, WA in an effort to raise money for and awareness about Crohn’s disease. They'll rode through dozens of cities and towns (full itinerary on their website), playing music and talking to people along the way. Their hope is to reach 3 million people through local news outlets, the internet and social media, and by word-of-mouth. They partnered with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and donated the money raised toward research to find a cure. You can show your support by making a donation in their name here. Thank you for your generosity!