Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Visionary, Irwin Rosenthal, Dies at 87

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America Visionary, Irwin Rosenthal, Dies at 87
Irwin M. Rosenthal, lawyer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and co-founder of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has died at the age of 87. Rosenthal and his wife Suzanne; William and Shelby Modell; and Dr. Henry D. Janowitz, founded the Foundation for Research in Ileitis in 1967, now called CCFA. The success of the foundation was motivated by his persistence, empathy, and love for his wife. "On behalf of the 1.6 million Americans battling IBD [inflammatory bowel disease], we are incredibly grateful to Irwin for his leadership," Michael Osso, president and CEO of CCFA, said in a press release. "He was best known for his ability to empower others, like his wife Suzanne, and provide them with the support and encouragement to shine. We would not be where we are today without Irwin’s vision and determination. We are forever grateful to both of the Rosenthals for all that they have done to advance IBD research and care." In 1956, Suzanne Rosenthal began struggling with incapacitating symptoms. Because doctors were uncertain of the cause, she was misdiagnosed and mistreated. When she received the diagnosis of ileo-colitis, her husband was frustrated because there was no cure for the disease. In 1965, Mr. Rosenthal contacted Janowitz, his wife’s gastroenterologist at Mount Sinai Hospital, and sked him what he could do to help with research into the disease. He begun raising funds from friends and members of his synagogue, and was able to raise $25,000, considered a remarkable sum at that time. Janowitz offered his medical knowledge, while Rosenthal offered his legal and political guidance. Modell, chairman of the board of Modell’s Sporting
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