Companies Support the Growing Number of Children and Families in the U.S. Dealing with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
13 Apr, 2015, 03:37 ET
NEW YORK, April 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In an effort to raise support for patients and families dealing with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) announces three companies partnering with their Take Steps fundraising program who will help raise funds for groundbreaking research for new IBD treatments.
"The number of Crohn's and ulcerative colitis patients in this country continues to increase," said President and CEO of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America Richard J. Geswell. "CCFA is committed to raising funds for critical research initiatives that are leading to better treatment options for patients. The ultimate goal is to find cures one day soon, so we are grateful to the companies' who help support us in getting there."
Throughout the month of April, supporters can help in three creative ways:
- Treat yourself to a meal on April 14 at any of the 88 Bertucci's Restaurants on the east coast, and you will be donating 15% of sales back to Crohn's and colitis research when you use this coupon! Use #takesteps2bertuccis on social media to follow the activity online!
- Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC (BRSO) employees and its 2,200 retail locations nationwide, including Firestone Complete Auto Care, ExpertTire, Tires Plus, and Wheel Works, will offer customers the opportunity to round up your purchase when you get your car serviced, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting CCFA research. Over the past two years, Take Steps has received more than $225,000 from this campaign alone.
- Shop for tasty desserts online at The Great Cookie and put in promotional code "CCFA" at checkout and 20% of your purchase will be donated back to CCFA research.
Known collectively as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis affects nearly 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere along the digestive track, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, and rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35; however the incidence is increasing in children.
About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD). CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults who suffer from these diseases. The Foundation works to fulfill its mission by funding research, providing educational resources for patients and their families, medical professionals, and the public, and furnishing supportive services for those afflicted with IBD. For more information, visit www.ccfa.org, call 888-694-8872, like us on Facebook, find us on LinkedIn or follow us on Twitter and Pinterest.
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SOURCE Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
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