Suzanne Rosenthal's Life Chronicled In The NonProfit Times
Suzanne Rosenthal, co-founder of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), died Sunday afternoon. She was 78-years old.
Rosenthal, who herself was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease in 1955 – a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) – co-founded what was previously known as the National Foundation Lietis and Colitis with her husband Irwin M. Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, MD, in 1967.
“There are no words to clearly express our gratitude to Suzanne for all that she has done for the 1.4 million people who suffer from these diseases,” said CCFA President Richard Geswell. “She will be greatly missed. Her legacy will live on and we will not stop until we find cures.”
Along with being instrumental to the founding of CCFA, Rosenthal held a number of other positions at the organization. She served as the president of the foundation’s Greater New York Chapter and was also the National Chairperson of the Board from 1987 to 1991. She served as Chairperson Emeritus of CCFA's Government Affairs Task Force, and was a champion in all advocacy efforts of the foundation.
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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America'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 (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org).