Introducing the 2014 Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Honored Hero Rachel Bohanan
Our local Honored Heroes are our inspiration and the reason why we Take Steps. Rachel's inspiring story is below and you can read more and follow Rachel's wonderful blog, Living as a Crohn's Newlywed.
Worldwide, five million people live with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, conditions collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Help us to raise awareness and join our fight against IBD. World IBD Day, http://worldibdday.org/ led by patient organizations representing 36 countries on four continents, is officially celebrated on May 19. Patient groups from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, 28 European nations, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and the United States are working together to raise awareness of IBD.
World IBD Day creates an excellent opportunity for you to raise awareness & fundraise using social media as well as your personal contacts. Change your profile pictures, add the logo and quick blurb to your emails, ask for people to make a donation in honor of this special day.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our co-founders Suzanne Rosenthal. Suzanne was a fearless, determined and courageous woman who turned her diagnosis of Crohn’s disease in 1955 into a legacy that has gone on to help hundreds of thousands of people over the years. She dedicated her life to spreading awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, supporting and educating patients and funding research to find cures. In 1967, along with her husband, Irwin M. Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, MD, she founded the National Foundation of Ileitis and Colitis, now known as the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
As a patient, volunteer and activist, Suzanne was a tireless pioneer for patients living with IBD and other digestive diseases. Her legacy continues through the many advocacy initiatives and patient support groups she established during her many years of service. She dedicated her life to helping other patients, and she is personally responsible for the creation of the various CCFA chapters nationwide. There are no words to truly express our gratitude to Suzanne and all that she has done for the 1.4 million people who suffer from these diseases. CCFA will proudly continue on with her vision of raising awareness and finding cures for IBD.