Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America August 2011 Letter from Rick Geswell, CCFA President Vote for CCFA Advocate Ben Morrison as Volunteer of the Year! After Ben Morrison was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, he channeled his frustration into his work as a comedian, creating "Pain in the Butt," a humorous show about his battle with the disease. Over the last decade, Ben has performed his show across the country in support of CCFA. For his work, Ben was nominated for a "Classy Award," the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country. Appeal Letters Help Improve Your Doctor's Care Did you know that CCFA offers a variety of letters to support you in appealing insurance decisions, obtaining school accommodations, and obtaining life insurance? Available for download on our website, CCFA's appeal letters can help you get the services and resources you need. Double Your Gift, Double Your Impact "Advances in IBD" Webinars Now Available As part of our commitment to continuing the education of healthcare professionals, CCFA is excited to present an online webcast series featuring highlights from last year's "Advances in IBD" conference. Designed to fit into busy practice schedules, each one-hour webcast is fully accredited for physicians and nurses. Three free sessions are available for download: HEALTHY LIVING TIP Rosh Hashanah Cards available online! Proceeds from these cards will go to support our mission. When you send a card, you'll not only stay in touch with your loved ones, but you'll help us find a cure. 888.MY.GUT.PAIN (888.694.8872) Even if you can't take advantage of our upcoming events, you can still make a huge difference in the lives of people with IBD. If you haven't already, please make a special donation to CCFA by September 15 – your gift will be doubled towards cutting-edge IBD research, support, and advocacy! After Ben Morrison was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, he channeled his frustration into his work as a comedian, creating "Pain in the Butt," a humorous show about his battle with the disease. Over the last decade, Ben has performed his show across the country in support of CCFA. For his work, Ben was nominated for a “Classy Award,” the largest philanthropic awards ceremony in the country. Ben is among 25 finalists for Volunteer of the Year we need you to vote for him to win! Watch a video of Ben talking about his struggle with Crohn’s disease and his public awareness efforts. - Challenges in the Clinical Management of IBD Patients - Current Controversies in IBD Treatment - The Latest in Genetics, Risks, and Therapy Management in IBDAccess these free professional webinars now. AUGUST 2011 ISSUE Your donation funds cutting-edge IBD research, support, and advocacy – make your gift today and have it matched for double the impact! A food diary can reveal if your diet is providing an adequate supply of nutrients. That goes a long way toward healthier living. Healthy starts here! Rosh Hashanah is a time for new beginnings. Share this celebration with friends and family both near and far – send a Rosh Hashanah card from CCFA!