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We are almost to Spring, and we are more than excited for the sunshine and the warmer months ahead.  Warmer weather means Foundation happenings return!  We are busy making plans on the formats of each of them and will be in touch as decisions are made.  The safety and health of our patients is always our priority, and we will continue to monitor the status of Covid in our state and make the best decisions possible.  Reach out at any time with questions! 

Last week, we hosted our Take Steps kick-off week and saw great success.  If you haven’t registered yet, please take a minute to do so and join in the fun!  Information can be found below. 

Enjoy the sunshine!
Melissa


NEWS FROM OUR FOUNDATION FORUM

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Working with IBD: Employee and Employer Resources  

If you are seeking new employment, taking time off to care for yourself, or need a workplace accommodation—here are some tips and tools for making the transition a successful one. Click here to learn more about understanding your rights in the workplace.  

Guide for teachers and other School personnel   

With some students returning to school, it’s important to ensure that all students have the resources to thrive in an academic environment. For children with IBD, this can be a challenge. That’s why the foundation created this resource to for teachers and other school staff to better understand what students with IBD may be going through. Find it here

Register for our March MyIBD Learning webinar  

Join us for our brand-new MyIBD Learning webinar series! Each month, we’ll bring you the latest information on hot topics in IBD from patients and IBD experts.   

Our next MyIBD Learning presentation - Achieving Remission: Working with your Healthcare team - will take place on March 18 at 8 p.m. ET featuring presentations and breakout sessions by Drs. Corey Siegel (Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center), Sashi Sagi (Indiana University Health), Sabina Ali (University of California: San Francisco), and Samir Shah (Gastroenterology Associates, Inc.). Register HERE. 


EVENING OF HOPE HAS EARLY BIRD PRICES UNTIL JUNE 30!

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Whaddya know, flappers and fellas? Know your onions and save your lettuce because The Big Cheese approved Early Bird prices until June 30! Tickets are on sale for just $200 and a table (10 tickets) is only $1,800!

Don’t miss your chance to party like it’s 1920 at the 44th Annual Evening of Hope "The Great Gutsby" gala on Saturday, September 25, 2020 at 6:00 pm—it’ll be the Cat’s Pajamas!

Find out more on our website: http://bidpal.net/hopeforibd2021

Please contact Laura Marschner for details at lmarschner@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 248-737-0900 ext. 4


 TAKE STEPS  

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Thank you for an incredible kickoff week! We are so excited for Take Steps this year and if you missed the fun last week it’s not too late! Registering for Take Steps is just one way that our IBD community shows their commitment to our shared mission of ending IBD. Haven’t registered for Take Steps yet? Now is the time! Register for West Michigan’s walk here or Southeast Michigan’s walk here.

Our Take Steps walks will look a little different again this year but we are counting on your support towards raising $120,000 in West Michigan and $130,000 in Southeast Michigan.

We plan to safely host Southeast Michigan’s Take Steps presented by Medical Weight Loss Clinic on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 at Southfield Civic Center and West Michigan’s Take Steps on Saturday, June 26th, 2021. We will share details in the coming weeks and months about the fun changes we have planned for walk day to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Take Steps walkers.

We offer fun Take Steps swag to thank everyone who fundraises – a surprise item when you donate at least $50 to yourself, a Take Steps t-shirt when you raise at least $100, a Take Steps baseball cap for raising $350 and more!

We have excellent opportunities for new corporate teams to get involved with Take Steps. If your company would like to support millions of Americans living with IBD, email us for more information. Why Companies Love Supporting Take Steps

Again, you can register here Southeast Michigan and West Michigan or reach out to Sam Wohlfeil for West/Central Michigan or Sarah Arminiak for Southeast Michigan and we can help get you registered!

We can’t wait to see you there,

Sam Wohlfeil and Sarah Arminiak


  EDUCATION, SUPPORT & ADVOCACY

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COVID-19 Vaccines: What IBD Patients & Caregivers Need to Know

We know that you and your family probably have many questions about the COVID-19 vaccines that are being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We are here to help and provide you with the most current information, including:

Are COVID-19 vaccines safe?

What does Emergency Use Authorization mean?

How will the vaccines impact my Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis?

How and when will the vaccines be available?

When will IBD patients be able to get a vaccine?

Check out our website for all this and more! 

You Are Not Alone! IBD Support Group Meeting Virtually 

Coping with IBD can be a challenge. You may feel isolated, anxious, or even depressed. This is very common and there is an entire community to help support you! Our IBD Support Groups meets online every month and welcomes both adult patients and family members. Learn about new resources, connect to others, and gain invaluable emotional support. The monthly meeting dates and contact information is below.

Troy: 2nd Wednesday – 7pm. ccfakrista@gmail.com

Grand Rapids: 2nd Thursday – 7pm. ccfagrandrapids@gmail.com 

Farmington Hills: 4th Monday – 7pm. dawn.m.aubrey@gmail.com  

Ways to Engage 

 Join our Advocacy Network Attend one of our local events 
 Become a Power of 2  support mentor or request a mentor  Become a foundation member
 Engage in IBD research as a citizen scientist in IBD Partners  Follow our chapter on Facebook
 Participate in clinical trial community  Connect with our Crohn’s & Colitis online Community
 Become a volunteer in our local chapter  Contact our IBD Help Center  


Young Professionals Happenings

Young Professionals Happy Hour - Tonight! 

Please join us this Wednesday 3/17 @ 8:30PM for a St. Patrick's Day happy hour!

Click HERE to join, or open Google Meet and enter this code: gzd-fdqq-grk  

Hope to see you there!! 

Trivia Night - April 6

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  FRIENDS OF THE FOUNDATION 

We are very grateful for our Friends of the Foundation partners and all they do to support our mission! 

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Help
Need Help?

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

Mission
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.