It’s critical that we raise funds for research into better therapies and education and support services, while raising awareness about these diseases that affect so many people in the community. I’m looking forward to help make this happen through ‘CCFA Sunday’ on November 14th.
Jacksonville, FL (Vocus) September 29, 2010 —
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation today announced David Garrard, quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars, has once again partnered with the Foundation to organize “CCFA Sunday” with the Jaguars to raise critical funds for and awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases. Discounted tickets ($55) are now available for purchase through the foundation for the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Houston Texans game on Sunday, November 14 at EverBank Field. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will receive $20.00 for each ticket purchased, and funds will benefit Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis research and patient services in North Florida. Tickets are available for purchase at http://www.ccfa.org/chapters/jaguarsday.
“In North Florida alone, there are thousands of patients living with Crohn’s disease, including me,” says Garrard. “It’s critical that we raise funds for research into better therapies and education and support services, while raising awareness about these diseases that affect so many people in the community. I’m looking forward to help make this happen through ‘CCFA Sunday’ on November 14th.”
Garrard knows first-hand the painful, debilitating and often embarrassing effects of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Prior to the 2004 football season, Garrard began experiencing the excruciating symptoms associated with the disease, lost a significant amount of weight, and missed several weeks of preseason training. Following his diagnosis, Garrard underwent surgery and, in consultation with his doctor, began a treatment regimen. He returned to the playing field by the start of the 2004 season and has since led the Jaguars to a playoff appearance.
A long-time supporter of CCFA, Garrard established the David Garrard Foundation (http://www.davidgarrardfoundation.org) in 2009. Through his foundation, Garrard aims to interact directly with North Florida children diagnosed with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. He served as honorary chair for the Take Steps Jacksonville Walk in 2009 and 2010. Like CCFA Sunday at the Jaguars, Take Steps enables patient families and community members to join together to build visibility and awareness of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis while raising critical funds. Garrard has also worked with the Foundation to raise awareness and funds on a national level as a motivational speaker at CCFA events and through the In the Zone with Crohn’s campaign, during which he helped raise more than $350,000 for CCFA.
About Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are medically incurable illnesses that attack the digestive system. Crohn's disease may attack anywhere from the mouth to the anus, 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 hospitalization and surgery. These illnesses can cause severe complications, including colon cancer in patients with long-term disease. Some 1.4 million American adults and children suffer from Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, with as many as 150,000 under the age of 18. Most people develop the diseases between the ages of 15 and 35.
About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 79 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org). For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit http://www.ccfa.org. Join CCFA on Facebook at http://apps.facebook.com/supportccfa/and follow CCFA on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/ccfa.
Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America