June IBD News & Updates from the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Wisconsin Chapter

Check out the latest news on events, education, and getting involved with the Foundation!

Message from the Executive Director

Happy First Day of Summer! Here at the Wisconsin Chapter, we kicked off June with our Take Steps Walks in Milwaukee and Madison. The newly reimagined walk experience proved to be one for the records! You showed up in a huge way and your passion for the mission radiated throughout the park! If this event is any indication of how the remainder of the year will go for the chapter, I have no doubt that we will continue to reach new patients, provide more resources for our community, and knock our fundraising goals out of the park. I am SO proud of the work of this community -- thank you, thank you, thank you! Our Milwaukee walk photos are on our Facebook page, and keep checking back to see our Madison photos soon. Keep reading below to learn about our upcoming events as well as resources for patients, providers, and caregivers. If you couldn’t make it to the walk, there are still many other ways to get involved! Additionally, the Foundation’s MyIBD Learning Patient & Caregiver Education Programs provide the very latest on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) research, treatments, and therapies to share resources and improve patient’s quality of life, at any stage of their IBD journey. We look forward to seeing you in the coming months and hope your summer is off to a great start! Yours in the fight, Leslie                          

Thank YOU for Taking Steps

We'd like to give a big THANKS to everyone who joined us at our Milwaukee and Madison Take Steps walks earlier this month. Combined, we welcomed over 500 walkers and have raised more than $125,000 to date. Talk about a success! With that being said, there is still time to continue your fundraising efforts and earn those rewards. You have until December 31, 2023 to contribute to any of our Take Steps walks in support of the Foundation's mission. And even though Milwaukee and Madison have already taken steps, we're keeping the momentum going for our 2023 Green Bay Take Steps walk this fall. To learn more or get registered, visit the link below or get in touch with Makenzie Diffley via email or at (646) 369-0779.

Also, don't forget to check out our chapter's Facebook page for exciting updates regarding our walks!

Thanks to Our Sponsors!  

Our Take Steps walks wouldn't be possible without the generous support of our national and local sponsors. We're so appreciative of their generosity and dedication to advancing the Foundation's mission! If you or someone you know is interested in sponsoring, contact Makenzie Diffley via email or at (646) 369-0779.

Calling All Volunteers!

We are always looking for volunteers to add to our committees, board, day of event, advocacy and our healthcare professional education committee. Please reach out to Leslie to learn more about the opportunities available to support our Wisconsin Chapter.


Do It Yourself (DIY) Fundraising

DIY fundraising is an easy way to help the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation find cures for IBD. Whether you want to pledge a special occasion, host an event, or create your own fundraiser, DIY allows you to turn your passion into purpose and raise funds to improve the lives of patients and adults living with IBD.  We provide toolkits and one-on-one support to help ensure your fundraiser is a success.Bonus: All funds raised go directly to your local chapter!

Tickets Available Soon

Plan to join us for our fifth annual An Autumn Affair on Saturday, November 4. This cocktail soiree will have heavy hors d'oeuvres, food stations, auction packages, games, a brief program, desserts and awards. IBD patients will share their compelling testimonials as our speakers, offering perspective and inspiration to our audience. If you're interested in helping plan this year's event or would like to discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact Leslie. Website for purchasing tables and tickets coming soon!

Just Announced: $100,000 Matching Gift Opportunity

Support Our Matching Gifts Campaign!

Today we have an opportunity to double the impact of your support for our innovative research and our critical patient education, support and advocacy programming. Let’s seize it! When you give before midnight Pacific Time (PT) on June 29, your gift will be matched to accelerate progress toward our vision of a world free from Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

*Matching-gift offer valid up to a total of $100,000 through midnight PDT on May 6,2023. Not valid on individual gifts of $10,000 or more.  


Gut Friendly Recipe Finder

Planning a summer cookout? Our Gut Friendly Recipes tool can help you find great recipes that may meet your needs and taste great! Browse our recipe list, and remember, talk to your doctor and IBD-specialized dietitian about your nutritional needs! 

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Patient Resources

Please check out our support group page for additional information about your local support groups and reach out to the listed support group facilitator for more information on virtual options.Here are some more of the many resources the Foundation offers patients:IBD Help Center: Trained specialists available to provide information, guidance, and support. The IBD Help Center is available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm EST. Contact (888) MY.GUT.PAIN or [email protected].Power of Two: Connects those seeking support to volunteers who have gone through similar experiences with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Connections are made within an app by phone or by chat. This program is open to patients & caregivers. For more information contact [email protected].Crohn's & Colitis Online Community: Connect with others, join discussion forums​, ask an expert a question​, or share your experiences.Campus Connection: A variety of tools & resources for college students with IBD.