Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis Affecting a Growing Number of Children and Families in the U.S.

December 1, 2014

New York, NY- December 1, 2014- The number of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients in the U.S. has now increased to an estimated 1.6 million, according to information presented at the 2014 American College of Gastroenterology Scientific Meeting.*

In an effort to raise awareness for patients and families dealing with IBD, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) launched a new social media campaign called “Someone You Know” asking  patients to share their story using #IBDselfie on their social networks in time for Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week 2014.

“Awareness Week 2014 gives us the opportunity to shed even more light on what it’s like to be an IBD patient,” said Richard J. Geswell, President and CEO of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. “With the help of social media, we are creating a platform for our constituents to share their unique stories that can increase awareness and support for research initiatives that lead to better treatments and ultimately cures.”

Due to the enactment of Senate Resolution 199, the week of December 1-7 is reserved to encourage all Americans to help find cures for inflammatory bowel diseases and raise support for the now 1.6 million Americans battling Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis through awareness and advocacy.

There are a number of ways you can help raise awareness and support the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. All week long, the Great American Cookie Company will be donating 20% of the purchase price from all cookies and cookie cakes purchased in this CCFA collection.  Simply shop here and enter promo code: CCFA at checkout.

“We’ve recently expanded our local business with a national cookie delivery program and website that gives us the ability to partner with non-profit organizations to raise funds. Supporting the CCFA with a timely holiday cookie gifting campaign is a great way for The Great Cookie to kick off our ‘Great Cookies for Great Causes’ program with an organization with a mission that is so meaningful to our company and our family,” said Jason Fruman, owner of the Baltimore-based business and active member of CCFA’s Maryland Board.

Monday, December 1
Buy cookies and an Awareness Shirt that you can wear all year long.  Also, you can join us for a Twitter chat 4-5 pm EST about managing stress and diet during the holidays using #HappyHolidaysIBD.

Tuesday, December 2
#GivingTuesday is a day designated nationwide to give back. It’s a great day to support CCFA during our week. In honor of their daughter, Alex and Patty Funderburg, volunteer leaders and active fundraisers in CCFA’s Carolinas Chapter are offering a $5,000 one day match.
Join our Diagnosing and Monitoring IBD webinar at 8 pm EST. Hear from a medical expert as we discuss the diagnostics and monitoring of IBD, including blood tests, endoscopy, biopsy, imaging, and genetic testing. Learn about helpful resources and important questions to ask your healthcare team. 

Wednesday, December 3: Walk Wednesday
Register for a 2015 walk and win a chance to win an Apple Watch!  Take advantage of our early bird registration and fundraising incentive contest as we kickoff our 2015 walk season. Contest participants will be entered to win a brand new Apple Watch!  And, for our current Fall Walkers, if you stay involved through the end of the year, you too can be part of the fundraising incentive contest.

Thursday, December 4: Bertucci’s
Treat yourself to a pizza and support CCFA – 61 Bertucci’s Restaurants on the east coast will be donating 15% of sales back to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation! 

Friday, December 5: Twitch Midnight
For 24-hours, beginning at midnight on Friday until midnight on Saturday, video gamer and Crohn’s patient Robert Barkoo, will be hosting a charity gaming event with friends on live-streaming platform Twitch TV with proceeds benefitting CCFA.  Visit the Crohn’s Gamers’ Twitch page  in support. 

Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7
Support CCFA's Advocacy Priorities, including patient’s access to care and IBD research funding.

*Updated Incidence and Prevalence of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis in Olmsted County, Minnesota (1970-2010).

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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