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Greater San Diego & Desert Area Chapter: September Update

We have a lot in store for you this Fall! These next few months are jam packed with exciting fundraising events, volunteer opportunities and education programs right here in San Diego. Our chapter remains focused on supporting the 3.1 million Americans (1 in 100 people), and the 60,000 patients across the Greater San Diego & Desert Area, who suffer from the painful and life-changing aspects of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Join your local IBD community and help us to care and cure for patients everywhere.

In addition, you can find information on the Foundation's upcoming Camp Oasis retreat for teens, research events, and explore some helpful reading materials and patient resources!

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Purchase your tickets to the Champions of Hope Gala

Join us outside under the stars for our 7th annual Champions of Hope Gala on October 16th at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa. With breathtaking views overlooking the marina, beautiful Fall weather and a fresh setting different from previous years, you can expect a new and refined experience! Explore our Table, VIP Ticket, and Ticket options here.*

For those who would rather join from home, we are also offering a virtual experience! Delight in wine, cheese, charcuterie and dinner while watching the program broadcasted live from the comfort of your home. Complimentary delivery included. Explore our At-Home Viewing Packages here.

Regardless of how you participate, all guests will enjoy a meaningful program, incredible entertainment, an exciting live and silent auction, and the chance to win big in our exclusive 1 in 100 opportunity drawings. Our in-person guests will conclude with an after-party featuring Republic of Music. We will honor the IBD community and two distinguished community members in the IBD field, Dr. Gauree Konijeti and Amit Munshi.

Funds raised during the evening provide crucial programs and services to patients and caregivers, and are invested in the mission and vision of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation - a future free from IBD!

We are sincerely thankful for our sponsors who make this event possible; Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Arena Pharmaceuticals, Two Labs, Cresa, Prometheus, B+C Office Interiors, Bristol Myers Squibb, Gossamer Bio and KPMG.

*All in-person event attendees will have to provide written or electronic proof of a full FDA-Authorized COVID-19 vaccination OR proof of a negative COVID-19 diagnostic test collected within 72 hours of event start time. 

Have questions or want to learn more? Contact Breanna Baer at 646.203.1088 or

Purchase Tickets

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Sessions are selling out fast! Don’t miss your chance to #partyonabike with us this November!

Register today to reserve your bike(s) for the ultimate party with a purpose!

spin4 crohn’s & colitis cures is a high energy outdoor cycling relay on stationary bikes that brings together the IBD community in San Diego to connect and have fun while raising funds with the #power2cure. You can register as a team (with up to 4 riders per bike)! There is a team fundraising commitment of $1,000 to join this event, however the more money you raise, the more swag you can earn and the closer we will be to achieving a future free of IBD!

No Experience Necessary! Riders of all abilities are welcome - whether you’re an avid cyclist or you’ve never been on a bike before – everyone is invited to pedal with a purpose! During your ride session, you set the pace. Our expert instructors will provide options for all fitness levels!

Keep the party going on and off the bike! After your session, join us for a fun filled day featuring awesome music, great food, beer tasting, entertainment, and so much more!

Together we have the #power2cure! Join the movement and let’s party with a purpose this November! Register today at:

Have questions or want to learn more? Contact Sara Northrop at 917.828.0600 or

reserve your bike.


Here in San Diego we are both inspired by the strength of #IBDWarriors and hopeful in progressive research that we can look toward a future free from IBD. But we can't make a difference alone. We invite you to CARE + CURE for IBD patients by getting involved with our chapter to advance the Foundation's mission-critical work. Volunteers are critical to the success of our events and their impact in funding patient support services and research for cures. We currently need support at both of our upcoming events:

1. Champions of Hope Gala on Oct 16th at the Kona Kai Resort & Spa - 1551 Shelter Island Dr., San Diego CA
2. spin4 crohn's and colitis cures on Nov 7th at Legacy Brewing Company - 363 Airport Rd., Oceanside CA

Volunteers will help with tasks on the day of each event, such as setup, check-in and check-out, raffle sales, auction spotting, cleanup, etc. Volunteers will be provided meals, free swag and a fun time!

Please contact Jasmine Graves, Fundraising Campaigns & Volunteer Engagement Coordinator, at to volunteer at either event!

Get Involved

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Join our San Diego IBD Support Group on October 14th

Learn about current nutritional research for 'Precision Nutrition' in bitesized, easy-to-understand ways so you’ll be prepared for what the future of IBD nutrition may look like!

Presentation by Danielle Gaffen, a Registered Dietitian with a special interest and expertise in working with people with IBD.

When: Thursday, Oct 14th, 2021
Where: ZOOM
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm PT
Register: Click here

Learn More

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Camp Oasis Fall Retreats

Camp Oasis is pleased to announce that we are hosting a series of weekend retreats this fall for qualifying teens whose last year of camp was cancelled due to the pandemic. Space is limited so apply early. Application deadline is 10/3 but individual retreat sites may close if we reach capacity.

West Coast (Northern California)
Koinonia Conference Grounds
Corralitos, CA
November 12-14th

For more information about the retreats, activities, our COVID policy, and to apply, please click below.

Apply Here

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Webinar: Single-cell Analysis for IBD Biomarker Discovery on October 7th

Single-cell analysis is rapidly emerging as a powerful approach in the IBD field. Can single-cell analyses generate signatures of disease and distinguish between IBD patient subsets to further precision medicine? Join us for a discussion on Thursday, October 7, from 1 – 2:15 p.m. ET, featuring Sarah Teichmann, Head of Cellular Genetics at the Sanger Institute, and Ephraim (Effi) Kenigsberg, Assistant Professor of Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

This satellite webinar is part of our IBD Biomarker Summit conference series. For more information about the Summit, which will be held virtually on Dec 2 & 3, 2021, please check out our recent article here.

Register Here

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IBD Innovate Virtual Conference – November 18-19th

The Foundation is hosting the fourth annual IBD INNOVATE: Product Development for Crohn’s & Colitis™ virtually on November 18 & 19, 2021. This unique virtual event showcases examples of innovative product development in IBD and offers extensive partnering and networking opportunities, bringing together researchers, investors, clinicians, and industry. All presentations will be available for on-demand viewing after the live event.

Learn More


Prevention Magazine: Gut Reactions

Check out the newest issue of Prevention magazine to see a great article about IBD diagnosis and treatment featuring experts from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation:

"Symptoms can be embarrassing, and some people don't like to talk about diarrhea or constipation, but being honest with your physician or gastroenterologist is really helpful,” Laura Wingate, Executive Vice President of Education, Support, & Advocacy for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, told Prevention.

Read the Article


IBDVisible: Taking a gap year

In a new #IBDVisible blog post, National Council of College Leaders member Kate shares how her IBD required her to take a gap year to focus on healing and offers some tips that she found helpful during her gap year.

"Coming from a rigorous high school, I felt pressure to attend college right away. Unfortunately, the decision to take a gap year was not in my control,” says Kate Gilfillan, a student at Ohio State University and an ulcerative colitis patient.

Read her Blog Post


A Discussion Guide for Parents

For younger children, family members may play an important role in helping to make decisions with the healthcare team. This guide provides information and tools to empower your family to take an active role in decision-making about your child’s health. Check out our helpful discussion guide below. 

Discussion Guide

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You can find helpful IBD and COVID-19 resources, #IBDVisible Blog Posts from patients themselves, Table Talks from our staff, and follow the Foundation's National campaigns. Of course stay up to date with what's happening locally at our chapter, such as finding information on Take Steps and spin4 crohn's & colitis cures fundraising efforts, special events, education programs, other ways to get involved, or even just goofy posts from is all there on our Facebook Page!

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Meet the experts speaking during our next MyIBD Learning webinar— Understanding biosimilars: what IBD patients & caregivers need to know. Register now by clicking here.

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