Nonprofit Is on a Mission to Fund Research into a Cure for IBD

Nonprofit Is on a Mission to Fund Research into a Cure for IBD
Crohn's and Colitis Awareness Week took place last week. Though Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis — collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) — affect more than three million Americans, it can be hard to describe how debilitating this disease can be. Raising awareness is crucial to increase understanding and encourage fundraising efforts for research into new treatments and a cure for IBD. When I first met Chris Pedicone in 2016, he told me about his foundation, Cure for IBD. Recently, I got in touch with Chris to find out more. Here is what he shared with me. Motivated by a cure In 2011, Chris and his wife, Lisa, received the devastating news that their 11-year-old son had Crohn’s disease. The months after diagnosis were incredibly challenging for their family. Crohn’s disease doesn’t just affect the person who is diagnosed; it changes the family’s way of life. Chris said his family started volunteering for IBD organizations, participating in half-marathons, triathlons, and 100-mile cycling events — raising over $100,000 in four years. However, Chris realized that only a small portion of the proceeds went directly to research organizations. He said that many other parents of children with IBD shared his opinion that "other organizations weren't making research a big enough priority." So Chris and Lisa decided to start a foundation where all of the funds raised would go directly to research facilities such as hospitals, teaching universities, and labs. They named the nonprofit “Cure for IBD.” It’s short and sweet and gets to the heart of its goal of finding a cure. Chris describes Cure for IBD's mission: "To fund as much IBD research as possible in order to help find new treatments and cures as soon as possibl
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