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Northwest Chapter - July 2021 eNewsletter

What's Inside:

•Northwest Volunteers, Nationwide Accomplishments: Read Our 2020 Impact Report
•Team Challenge Presents The Get Gutsy: Tour Across America™
•Newly Diagnosed Patients
•Join Our NW #TCfamily in New Orleans
•Health Maintenance for Pediatric IBD Patients  
•Let’s Ride! Join us for #spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures 2021
•Save the Date for Epicure 2021
•Save the Date for Hops & Vines 2021
•Postcard from Virtual Camp Oasis

Northwest Volunteers, Nationwide Accomplishments: Read Our 2020 Impact Report

Gordon and Teresa Impact Report - July Newsletter.PNGDespite the unique challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation made significant contributions to improving the lives of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We are grateful for your support of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and our Northwest IBD community. As a volunteer led health charity, our constituents are vital to our ability to support our mission and our vision of a world free from IBD. From transforming in-person programs and events into virtual experiences, to researching first-of-their-kind IBD treatments, to working to erase the stigma surrounding IBD, to advancing grassroots advocacy movements, and more, the Foundation made incredible progress in 2020. Thanks to our volunteers, donors, and team members, we can share all our accomplishments in our 2020 Impact Report, located here.Mike McCready Impact Report - July Newsletter.PNG

Team Challenge Presents Get Gutsy: Tour Across America™ 

Gutsy thumbnail_image.pngThe Get Gutsy: Tour Across America™, presented by Team Challenge, is back for its second year, and registration is now open! Join this virtual event to get active and raise funds. How it works:

Register now: Fees range between $35-250 depending on the type of swag you choose.

Log your workouts in our app from July 24-August 15. Choose from a variety of options, including running, walking, cycling, paddling, and more!

The miles you log will move our Gutsy icon in a loop around the United States. You can even earn miles for time spent doing activities such as yoga or kickboxing.

Use your complimentary fundraising page to increase your impact (and earn additional incentives based on what you raise).

Learn more.

Newly Diagnosed Patients

NW symptomsdoctor July 21.jpgIf you or your loved one has been recently diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, you may have many thoughts, questions, and concerns. Educating yourself, family, and friends about IBD will help you best manage your health and get the support you need. Check out our Newly Diagnosed webpage for videos, brochures, and web content, especially for newly diagnosed patients.

Join Our NW #TCfamily in New Orleans

Team Challenge is hitting the streets of New Orleans for the Big Easy Running Festival onnola_2120413 (1).jpg October 31. Choose from either the half marathon (13.1 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles) and enjoy the sights and sounds of New Orleans as you make your way through the flat course.

Join local Team Challenge teammates Dana, Elizabeth, Luke, Steve, Whitney and others and head to NOLA his fall for a weekend to remember! The season kicks off on July 7, reach out to Amanda Mendum at amendum@crohnscolitisfoundation for more details or register here

Health Maintenance for Pediatric IBD Patients

Pediatric IBD - July Newsletter.PNGInflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, can have a tremendous impact on the health of your child. This discussion guide highlights some of the things you can look out for and do to keep your child’s health on the right track. Check it out here.  

 Let's Ride! Join Us for #spin4 crohn's & colitis cures 2021

spin4 crohn's & colitis cures is a high energy event where you can pedal and party with a purpose! 

After taking everything virtual last year, we're beyond pumped to be planning for the return of our in-spin4 thumbnail_image016 NW July 2021.pngperson seattle spin4 crohn's & colitis cures event this fall! Last year, our participants raised over $61,000 toward cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, despite a global pandemic. We can't wait to see what you can do this year - registration is now open.

October 9, 2021

Washington Athletic Club

Our virtual house party is also back by popular demand and scheduled for December 4! You can join us in-person and get access to the virtual house party.

No matter what, we promise a rewarding, epic experience with plenty of inspiration, sweat, and fun.

The bikes are stationary, but our progress toward IBD cures won't stop.

Learn more.

Save the Date for Hops & Vines 2021

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Save the date!

November 5, 2021

6:00 p.m. at Castaway in NW Portland

Enjoy an evening of northwest favorites. Sample local wine, beer, cider and kombucha. Following the tasting, enjoy a lovely meal and lively auction.

To purchase tickets or volunteer contact Senior Community Manager, Peggy Merchant at 646-901-0168.

Save the Date for Epicure 2021

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Support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation with Epicure 2021, a night of inclusive dining and a live performance from Mike McCready and guests on November 12, 2021. For more information please contact Ryan Boyce –

Postcard from Camp Oasis

209250067_353221446401018_708258407311026812_n.jpgWe are excited to share that we have a record 1574 campers including 402 new attendees! We're having so much fun connecting, playing, and creating with our campers this summer! 

Thank you to our Chapter Community Partners and Camp Oasis Funders for their support!213241345_353221443067685_1361867366106699633_n.jpg

Puyallup Tribe, Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund, Seattle Children’s, Swedish, Washington Gastroenterology, Baker Foundation, Goldstein Family Foundation, OCF Joseph E Weston Public Foundation, The Norcliffe Foundation and the Brine family.

Thank You to Our Northwest Chapter Community Partners!

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What's Up? Quick Guide to Upcoming Events

  • October 9 - spin4 crohn's & colitis cures seattle at the Washington Athletic Club - register here
  • December 4 - spin4 crohn's & colitis cures virtual house party - register here
  • November 5 - Hops & Vines in Portland - for more information, email Peggy Merchant
  • November 12 - Epicure 2021 in Seattle and online - for more information, email Ryan Boyce

To learn about upcoming virtual support groups, visit the Support Groups page on our website. 

For all other upcoming events, check out the News and Events page on our website.  

Need Help?

Contact our IBD Help Center: 888.694.8872 or For tips, sharing, and support from other people with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, join our free Community site.

Our Mission

To cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.