Congress Honors CCFA Co-Founder Suzanne Rosenthal | Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation

Congress Honors CCFA Co-Founder Suzanne Rosenthal

February 27, 2013

As many of you know, we lost one of our beloved co-founders, Suzanne Rosenthal. Suzanne was a tireless, fearless leader in the fight against Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. As a Crohn's patient herself, she turned her life-long condition into a legacy that has gone on to to help hundreds of thousands of people over the years. Her passion was spreading awareness about Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and supporting and educating patients and funding research to find cures. In 1967, along with her husband, Irwin M. Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, MD, she founded the National Foundation of Iletis and Colitis, now known as the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. 

Suzanne was a proud champion in all advocacy efforts of the foundation, receiving CCFA's distinguished Public Policy Pioneer Award for her tireless advocacy efforts on behalf of IBD patients everywhere.  Her impact will be felt forever. An excerpt from

"She is recognized by the research community, CCFA and the DDNC as a loyal ally and a valuable resource in creating public awareness of digestive diseases, as well as a strong partner in the effort to develop new treatments and improve medical understanding of these conditions."

You can read the entire tribute to Suzanne on here.

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 80 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends going to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance ( and the American Institute of Philanthropy (

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