Health Hero Giving Day


Be a health hero! People impacted by life-altering health diagnoses need your help. By making a gift on Health Hero Giving Day, hosted by United Way of the Midlands and the Combined Health Agencies Drive on Feb. 24th, you can provide them with the hope and support they need to navigate difficult health challenges. Scroll down to learn more about the 21 participating CHAD health agencies and make your gift today!

United Way of the Midlands has been a proud partner of Combined Health Agencies Drive since 1987.


Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

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Agency Name: Crohn's & Colitis Foundation

Founded in: 1967

Why your gift is needed:

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Since our founding, the Foundation has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Today, we fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research. In addition, our professional education workshops and programs, along with our scientific journal, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. We are very proud that the National Institutes of Health has commended us for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research".

Beyond research, the Foundation is collaborating with healthcare providers to improve IBD quality of care, as well as educating, supporting, and empowering patients and their caregivers through patient-centric education and advocacy programs.

  • An estimated 1 in 100 Americans suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • Statewide, there are over 20,000 individuals living with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • The fastest-growing patient population is children under the age of 18.
  • The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation has funded every major scientific breakthrough in the study of inflammatory bowel disease.

What your gift will do:

  • $25 helps support live education events in our communities.
  • $220 provides educational materials to medical professionals.
  • $500 provides nearly half the cost for a child to attend summer camp.

Agency Summary:

  • Advocacy Network uses patients' collective voice to raise awareness and create action to better lives.
  • Crohn's & Colitis Congress provides professional education for medical professionals.
  • Patient Education Conference provides valuable information for patients and caregivers.
  • Professional Education Conference provides an overview of Digestive Disease Week to educate local medical professionals on new treatment approaches.
  • My IBD Family Event provides pediatric patient and caregiver education and time to develop relationships.
  • Camp Oasis is an experience of a lifetime for kids living with IBD.
  • Power of Two matches newly diagnosed patients with a patient mentor.
  • Medical research is cutting edge and pursuing cures for IBD.

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