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October 2017 - Volume 14 - Issue 4

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation Celebrates 50th Years

Nearly 90% of the 100 trillion microbes in the human body are made of bacteria. 500-1000 of those bacteria live in the gut and serve a specific function. Thanks to support from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, scientists are discovering how those bacteria work for those suffering from digestive diseases. The Microbiome Initiative is only one ofnumerous programs supported by the Foundation to improve the lives of the more than 1.6 million U.S. residents afflicted with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis. This year, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is celebrating the advancements it has helped make towards finding a cure for digestive diseases for the past five decades.

To date, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has invested $298 million in research alone. And, in addition to the millions of patients and families they’ve helped manage their disease, they have also assisted more than 14,000 patients online. This has allowed the Foundation to gain an even greater understanding of issues facing IBD patients and to partner with other organizations to educate and to provide assistance for the more than millions of children and adults living with digestive diseases each year.
 
To celebrate this work, the Foundation will host the Take Steps Walk in West Palm Beach on November 4, 2017. The Walk will bring together hundreds of people dedicated to finding a cure for the debilitating diseases. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. at City Place in downtown West Palm Beach, walkers will be treated to entertainment, food, and fun before descending on the walk course. Registration can be made by contacting Alyssa Rich at arich@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or (561) 218-2929.
 
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s impact has grown each year, and will continue its work until a cure can be found for every person afflicted withIBD. For more information, visit www.ccfa.org.
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