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Greater San Diego & Desert Area
Chapter Newsletter 
August 2019 

We are better together. A simple statement, but one that truly describes the IBD community – and this entire organization. It is also the theme of the Foundation’s 2018 annual report, which we are excited to share with you today.

 Thanks to your hard work and dedication, 2018 was an amazing year! We introduced new initiatives in research, expanded education and support programs, and experienced great successes in our advocacy work. But we did not do any of this alone. In the annual report you will read about how:

• Camp Oasis changed Marni’s life;
• Lori Dunbar reached new heights with our first-ever Grand Canyon hike event;
• Dr. Donald Lum uses IBD Qorus & shared decision-making with his patients;
• We had fundraising successes all across the country; and
• Dr. Ross Maltz supported our efforts for legislative reform.

These are just a few examples of how we are better together. Thank you all for your commitment to getting us closer to cures.


Join our Clinical Trials Ambassador Program!

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Patients and caregivers of pediatric patients who have participated in a Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis clinical trial are eligible to apply for our Clinical Trials Ambassador Program! If you are interested in sharing your clinical trial experience with others and helping to increase awareness, you can apply to become an ambassador by visiting the Clinical Trials Community. The deadline is August 30, 2019 to qualify for our Fall training. 

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Join us for our annual education program for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis patients and their families! Learn about the latest in IBD from health care providers and connect with others in your community dealing with these diseases.


When: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
Where: Hyatt Regency La Jolla
Questions: contact McKenna Plant 

Chapter Highlights 

2019 Industry Cup Champion Announced

Congratulations to Arena Pharmaceuticals, our 2019 Industry Cup Champion! Arena formed teams for both our San Diego Take Steps & spin4 crohn's & colitis cures this year and with more than 60 team members, they raised over $20,000 and counting to support patients and our mission.


What is the Industry Cup Challenge? San Diego Take Steps & spin4 crohn's & colitis cures invited our Industry Partners in the pharmaceutical, diagnostic, & medical device space to Walk, Spin, & Win! The team that raised the most money in San Diego to support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation earned the title of Industry Cup Champion 2019.

 Want to participate in 2020? Need more information? Contact Breanna Baer at

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Join Us for Bet on Cures!

Meet us in Del Mar on November 9, 2019 for an afternoon of inspiration, betting, a hosted bar, & so much more! 

Buy your ticket by August 31, 2019 and be entered to win two premium bottles of champagne for your table at the event. See you at the track!

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Committee Volunteers Needed!

We are starting to organize our committees for our Chapter’s 2020 Events and we need your help.  We have committees that help make all of our events a success - Champions of Hope Awards Dinner, Take Steps Walk, and spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures; there is something for everyone. Our Committees works to secure corporate sponsors, recruit teams for Take Steps or spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures, secure auction items for Champions of Hope, and spread the word about the work the Foundation is doing.

If you have an interest, please reach out to Breanna Baer at or (619) 497-1300 x 1

Team Challenge is Heading Back to
Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas!

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Don’t miss the opportunity to run or walk in the only race that shuts down the Las Vegas Strip at night! Join Team Challenge San Diego as we head back to Las Vegas for Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas 2019. Race on the strip at night, party with your #TCfamily, and in your free time catch a show, try your luck at the casino, and enjoy all the fun that Vegas has to offer with a stay at the MIRAGE Las Vegas! 

Join the #TCfamily and race with us at Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas!
November 16th & 17th

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Have questions about joining? Contact Brianne Creedon at

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Several years ago, running a 5K was difficult for Mark Stenhouse. Nonetheless, he joined Team Challenge in 2012 to take on his first half marathon. Much to even Mark's surprise, he then jumped at the chance to complete an IRONMAN® with Team Challenge in both 2015 and 2016, which is when he earned his entry into the Kona IRONMAN World Championships!

 Become our top fundraiser in 2019 and you’ll be saying Aloha at next year’s IM Kona!

Chapter Calendar

San Diego Education Conference 2019
September 14, 2019

Newport Dunes Triathlon 
November 3, 2019

Bet on Cures
November 9, 2019

Las Vegas Rock ‘n’ Roll  
November 17, 2019

Race in Orange
Anytime; Anywhere

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.