Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury) presented Edda Ramsdell, Regional Director of the Long Island chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, and encouraged fellow lawmakers and County residents alike to participate in “Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week,” April 22 - April 28.
“Edda and her organization have dedicated themselves to making the lives of those who suffer from these diseases a little bit easier,” Jacobs said. “And by proclaiming the fourth week in April ‘Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week,’ we bring attention to two incurable diseases that affect adults and children, men and women,” Jacobs said.
Crohn’s and Colitis are both diseases that affect the digestive system, and feature symptoms such as weight loss, malnutrition, nausea and can affect the growth and development of children. Research into the causes, cures, prevention, and clinical treatment of Crohn’s and colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and related nutrition problems continues with the support of public and private institutions at all levels.
April 28 is also the date for the Guts & Glory Run/Walk, sponsored by the Long Island Chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, is a 5K journey through Massapequa’s Marjorie Post Park with the goal of raising $200,000. The event will feature a comfortable walk route, a kid’s race, entertainment, raffles and more. For more information on the run/walk, visit www.ccfa.org/chapters/longisland, or call 516-222-5530.
Crohn’s and Colitis week comes 24 years after the initiation of a national digestive diseases education program. Its goals are to involve all those concerned with the problem in educating the public as well as medical practitioners, dieticians, and nutrition experts on the seriousness of these diseases and the most advanced methods available to prevent, treat, and control them.