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The weather has definitely changed and we are loving the sunshine!  And the best part of the weather breaking means that Take Steps is right around the corner.  And no matter what the pandemic throws at us, we know our teams and supporters will be out in full force to raise funds for our mission.  If you haven’t registered yet, I hope you will do so soon.  You can find more information in the articles about our plans for 2021.

We are also thrilled to announce that Virtual Camp Oasis 2021 registration is now open!  Much like Take Steps, we won’t let the pandemic stop our Camp fun either.  There are many new and exciting activities planned for 2021 that you won’t want to miss out on.  You can find information below on how to register.

One thing I know about our Michigan Chapter is that when the going gets tough, we step up. I can’t wait to see our supporters in full force this year too.

Let’s join together for a cure!

Melissa


NEWS FROM OUR FOUNDATION FORUM

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Coping with IBD pain and fatigue
 
Did you know that 50-70% of patients report GI or abdominal pain when their IBD symptoms began and/or when their disease is active? Having pain, both inside and outside the gut, as well as fatigue are commonly reported among IBD patients. Explore our new webpages to learn more about the causes of pain and fatigue as well as ways to treat and manage those symptoms.

 

Understanding pediatric IBD clinical trials
 
Interested in understanding the importance of pediatric clinical trials? Pediatric clinical trials for IBD allow researchers to determine what the best dosage and frequency of treatment is for children and teens. Researchers can test the effects of new treatments with the overall goal of providing safe and effective therapies tailored for children with IBD. Learn more  here and check out our newest video to gain a better understanding of pediatric clinical trials! 

 

Registration is now open for Virtual Camp Oasis!
 
We are excited to invite your family to join us for 2021 Virtual Camp Oasis! New & re-imagined activities, special guests, and interactive virtual platforms will provide an unforgettable and unique experience, while time-honored Camp Oasis traditions, friendships, and connections will ensure a meaningful and empowering week for every camper, family, and volunteer.
 
Virtual Camp Oasis is open to all kids and teens with IBD entering grades 2-12 in the Fall of 2021.
•    Trailblazers (grades 10-12) sessions 7/12 - 7/16
•    Path Finders (grades 7-9) sessions 7/19 – 7/23
•    Young Explorers (grades 2-6) sessions 7/26 - 7/30
 
Register your camper today! 


 #joinMIIBD – Be Part of our Volunteer Family!

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Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization, and are the keys to helping us achieve success in our mission.  Whether it’s raising funds, serving on our Board or a committee, or helping out at an event, each volunteer plays a pivotal role.  We have many opportunities to engage and be involved. Check out videos on our website to hear some testimonies from our Volunteers, and learn how you can #joinMIIBD.

 

EVENING OF HOPE HAS EARLY BIRD PRICES UNTIL JUNE 30!

Evening of Hope Early Bird Special
  

Furs, fedoras, and a trip to the Roaring Twenties help in the fight against IBD! Get dolled up and join us at our 44th Annual Evening of Hope “The Great Gutsby” gala for a roaring good time!

The celebration starts on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 6 pm at MotorCity Casino Hotel. For more information visit our website at http://one.bidpal.net/hopeforibd2021/welcome or contact Laura Marschner
at lmarschner@crohnscolitisfoundation.org or 646-856-1295 

Don’t fret, we will be puttin’ on the ritz within the guidelines set by the fuzz.



 TAKE STEPS  

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Southeast Michigan’s Take Steps presented by Medical Weight Loss Clinic is eight weeks away on Saturday, June 12th, 2021 at Southfield Civic Center and West Michigan’s Take Steps is 10 weeks away on Saturday, June 26th, 2021. We will share details in the coming weeks  about the fun changes we have planned for walk day to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all Take Steps walkers. If you are concerned about attending an in person walk you can join our national Take Steps + Virtual on June 12th at 12:00pm on facebook and youtube.

We offer fun Take Steps swag to thank everyone who fundraises – You get 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!

It is time to register! You can do so here for 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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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  


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Save the Date! Harvest & Hops is on the distant horizon for Friday, October, 22nd! Keep an eye out for our launch and updates as we move closer.

 

  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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 Welcome our National Corporate Circle Partner

WaterWipes

You can find WaterWipes locally at Meijer Stores

 

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.