Our Mission Statement: "To cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases."

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. It was founded in 1967 by Irwin M. and Suzanne Rosenthal, William D. and Shelby Modell, and Henry D. Janowitz, M.D.

Four decades ago, the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation created the field of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis research. Today, the Foundation funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurtures investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finances underdeveloped areas of research. Educational workshops and symposia, together with our scientific journal, "Inflammatory Bowel Diseases," enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field. No wonder the National Institutes of Health has commended the Foundation for "uniting the research community and strengthening IBD research."

The Greater San Diego and Desert Area Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis foundation provides free educational events, support groups and other local events such as our marathon program, Team Challenge, and the Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis walk. We also host Camp Oasis, a co-educational, residential camp program for children with IBD. Our website, www.ccfa.org, features the latest news about IBD, access to educational brochures, webcasts and research updates. Our Information Resource Center (IRC) offers help through answer chat, phone and email. The IRC can translate into 170 different languages.

CCFA is the home of Team Challenge and the Take Steps for Crohn's & Colitis Walk: