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Greater San Diego & Desert Area
Chapter Newsletter 
September 2019 


Calling all Student Leaders!!!

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If you are a college student with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, or have a loved one affected, and you want to make an impact, you can apply to be a part of the National Council of College Leaders! Applications are due on October 17, 2019. For more information, click here

Chapter Highlights 

2019 Education Conference

Thank you to all who joined us at the Crohn’s & Colitis Education Conference this past Saturday! We had a packed room full of patients, families, caregivers, and supporters. Dr. Uma Mahadevan joined us from UC San Francisco to educate our patients on Fertility & Pregnancy in IBD. Dr. Parambir Dulai gave a fantastic update on current and upcoming IBD treatments, and Dr. Suresh Pola reviewed IBD 101, plus even more resources and tips. We finished the day with a presentation on Managing Pain & Fatigue with Dr. Robert Bonakdar, and a very informational Q&A with our speakers.

Couldn’t make it last weekend? Join us for even more speakers and topics this coming Saturday at Cal State Los Angeles for our Los Angeles Education Conference! See the full agenda and register here: 

19th Annual Rolf Benirschke Legacy Golf Invitational

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Thank you to our friends at the Legacy Foundation for hosting the 19th Annual Rolf Benirschke Legacy Golf Invitational this past weekend. The Legacy annually raises funds for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. Their generous support allows us to advance our mission forward and continue the important work that we do. This year's event continued the tradition of bringing together like-minded, kind people who care about the community and want to make a difference...together!  

2019 San Diego Poker Royalty Championship


Join us October 26th, 2019 at Jamul Casino's new poker room for the 2nd Annual Poker Royalty Championship hosted by our amazing board president and long-time Team Challenge Alum, Tavish Margers! The event will feature professional dealers, cocktail service, awesome prizes, and thousands of dollars in prize money. A $250 buy-in gets you entered into the tournament and the premier raffle, and most importantly, helps benefit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation! For more information, click here.

Interested in creating your own DIY Fundraiser? Contact Bre Baer at to learn more   

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Meet us in Del Mar on November 9th, 2019, for the 4th Annual Bet on Cures!

Bet on Cures is an occasion to celebrate the valued contributions of members of our community, while enjoying a festive and fun afternoon at the track complete with horseracing, private casino games, and new friends. Invited guests will enjoy hor d'oeuvres, hosted bar, auction, and super roulette raffle.

For details & tickets, visit:

For more information, please contact Morgan at 

Thank you to our sponsors:

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Join us May 2020 as we conquer the Appalachian Trail!
♦ 2 days of trekking- a challenge for brand new to expert hikers
♦ Professional hike guides
♦ Training plan & webinars
♦ Camping and/or lodging provided
♦ Multiple meals provided
♦ Team Challenge gear
♦ Personal fundraising website

Click HERE to learn more about Team Challenge Hike 

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Team Challenge IRONMAN
Kona World Championship Entry

Silent Auction – Now through October 11, 2019

Bid & Win Your Entry to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championships

The IRONMAN® World Championships in Kona Hawaii is every triathlete’s ultimate finish line.

For Eric Knight, a cure for his son Joshua is just a big a dream as racing in Kona. 

What’s your price for a cure? 
One lucky winner will place their bid and WIN their entry to the 2020 race! Even better, they’ll be contributing to our mission to fund and find cures. 

For more details visit or text “tckona2020” to 52182

Chapter Calendar

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.