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To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.
CCFA sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality. The foundation also offers a wide range of educational programs for patients and health-care professionals, and provides supportive services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases. These programs are supported solely by contributions from the public. Our areas of focus are:
CCFA has provided more than $127 million for research on the treatment and cure of IBD. Most recently, we have contributed to the identification of two regions on chromosomes that contain genes for IBD, and to the discovery of NOD2, the first gene for Crohn's disease. Read more about our research programs.
CCFA provides information and education for the more than one million IBD patients and their families through a variety of periodicals (Take Charge, Under the Microscope), books, awareness campaigns, local chapters, our Webcasts, and through this web site. We also reach CCFA's members with exclusive mailings.
CCFA also offers professional education through Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, our professional journal, and health professional workshops.
CCFA support services are delivered through its chapters nationwide which offer more than 300 support groups annually, summer camps for children with IBD, and a range of educational and training programs for local communities. Read more about our chapters or view our webcasts.
Essential to CCFA's mission, our ongoing fundraising efforts enable us to fund further research, as well as educational and support activities. CCFA raises more than $30 million annually through memberships, fundraising events, sponsorships, and other programs.
Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis is CCFA's national evening walk and celebration of the nation's largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. Participants will enjoy a casual 2-3 mile stroll and raise money for crucial research that wouldn't even have been possible a few short years ago, bringing us closer to a future free from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Throughout the year, Take Steps enables patient families to join together with their local community to build visibility and awareness about Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis while raising critical funds for research. Over 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings together this community in a fun and energetic atmosphere, encouraging them to make noise and be heard.
The Sacramento Take Steps Evening Walk will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2009 at The State Capitol on the West Steps at 5:00pm. More than 500 participants will enjoy a casual 2-3 mile stroll, live music, a wide variety of food, special entertainment, prizes and giveaways, raffles, and kids attractions. Register at www.cctakesteps.org/sacramento.
One in every 200 people suffer daily with digestive diseases. With the support of communities nationwide, CCFA has raised much needed funds that, through research, have brought us closer to a cure. For those who live with these chronic diseases, life is a roller coaster of active and remitting disease. However, the opportunity to make life more manageable for patients who live day to day with intense pain, the threat of long term hospital stays and multiple surgeries, has never been greater.
More than 80 cents of every dollar raised through our signature Take Steps Walk campaign goes directly to fund research and patient programs in your local community. Together we can achieve a better quality of life for patients and those who participate in their care. Better therapies and prevention are only a few steps away.
Founded in 1967, the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization with the mission to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Today, the organization has grown to 40 local chapters, with more than $127 million raised and invested in research for a cure. This funding has enabled many groundbreaking treatments, improved the quality of care for individuals with these conditions, and brought hope to countless lives.