Southeast Gastro leads support of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation with $18,000 commitment

Southeast Gastro

Southeast Gastro is dedicating critical funds to support local patients and families by sponsoring the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, Alabama/NW Florida Chapter. Through the Foundation’s “Friends of the Foundation” program, which allows companies to be recognized for supporting multiple events in a calendar year, Southeast Gastro has committed to donating and fundraising $18,000 for the chapter in 2017. Southeast Gastro, which has multiple locations across central Alabama, was the founding member of this program in the Alabama/NW Florida Chapter in 2016.

Seeing the need to support the 1.6 million people nationwide, including an estimated 32,000 in Alabama, living with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, Southeast Gastro committed to join the fight to find cures for these painful, debilitating digestive diseases.

“Southeast Gastro is proud of our partnership with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation,” says Dr. Miles Gresham, President of Southeast Gastro. “We treat the largest population of Crohn’s and colitis patients in the state of Alabama, and many of our patients rely on the education and support resources that the Foundation provides.  Through our support of the Foundation, we are committed to developing and using the latest treatments and ultimately finding a cure for inflammatory bowel disease.”

Revenue growth is critical to the success of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, allowing additional support for mission-critical research, patient education programs, and local patient support groups. Funds from Southeast Gastro’s partnership will support the Foundation’s annual Take Steps Birmingham walk and Casino for a Cause event.  The Foundation has committed to raising $140,000 through these two events in 2017.

“We have a very aggressive fundraising goal this year to ensure research and patient support is not disrupted,” says Emily Richter, Community Director for Alabama and NW Florida. “Southeast Gastro’s commitment to support our events at such a high level is essential to our mission. We are thrilled by their support for our patients.”

The Take Steps Birmingham walk was held on Saturday April 29 at Homewood Central Park. The campaign raised over $72,000, surpassing the goal, thanks in large part to the support of Southeast Gastro. Casino for a Cause will be held on November 9 at Regions Field. Sponsorships and group ticketing packages are available for pre-sale now at www.casinoforacause.org.

These events raise funds for mission critical research and patient support programs, and help increase awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two painful and unpredictable digestive diseases. Funds raised through the Alabama/NW Florida Chapter will help transform the lives of those impacted by these diseases, and support the Foundation’s critical research, education, and patient support programs.

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For more information on how to get involved with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, please visit www.crohnscolitisfoundation.org/Chapters/Alabama or contact Emily Richter at (646) 387-2149 or erichter@crohnscolitisfoundation.org.

 

About Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Known collectively as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis affects 1 in 200 people. They are painful, medically incurable diseases that attack the digestive system. Crohn’s disease may attack anywhere along the digestive tract, while ulcerative colitis inflames only the large intestine (colon). Symptoms may include abdominal pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss. Many patients require numerous hospitalizations and surgery. 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

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is the largest voluntary non-profit health organization dedicated to finding cures for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). The Foundation’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 or email info@ccfa.org.