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barry switzer IS featured guest at Crohn’s & Colitis
Foundation of America’s north Texas Chapter dinner
DALLAS (Oct. 20, 2013) – The North Texas Chapter of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) will host its second annual awareness and fundraising dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013 at the Belo Mansion in Dallas, featuring special guest Barry Switzer, former coach of both the Dallas Cowboys and University of Oklahoma football teams. Corby Davidson from Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket’s Hardline will join Switzer on stage to lead a personal discussion with the Football Hall of Fame member who holds one of the highest winning percentages of any college football coach in history.
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects one in 200 people; in other words more than 1.4 million Americans. They are painful, currently medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. Most people diagnosed with an IBD begin to develop symptoms between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is rapidly increasing in children.
This year, 11-year-old Sabrina Fuqua of Keller will be presented with CCFA’s Rising Star Award for her perseverance and courageous battle with Crohn’s disease. Sabrina has been battling Crohn’s since birth and has faced numerous surgeries and medical infusions for the disease. This summer, she attended one of CCFA’s support services, Camp Oasis, a co-ed residential camp program that enriches the lives of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis by providing them with a safe and supportive camp community. Being part of a peer group that shares the same experiences fosters motivation, provides encouragement and delivers positive reinforcement for youth learning to cope with their disease and gaining self-esteem.
In the words of Switzer, who also used positive reinforcement when motivating players on and off the field: “Success is never final, failure is never fatal and everyone experiences both.”
Funds raised from the second annual dinner will support CCFA’s pediatric initiatives, including Camp Oasis. To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, visit http://online.ccfa.org/ccfanorthtexasannualdinner or call 972-386-0607.
20th Annual Putt for a Purpose Golf Tournament
Monday, September 9, 2013
Cowboys Golf Club- Grapevine, Texas
With 118 golfers joining us for a fun day on the links, the 20th Annual Tournament raised over $69,000 to fund vital research efforts and support programs for North Texan's suffering with IBD.To view pictures from the event, click here.
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