About CCFA

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. It was founded in 1967 and has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

Today, the organization funds cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, nurture investigators at the early stages of their careers, and finance underdeveloped areas of research.

Beyond research, CCFA is collaborating with healthcare providers to improve IBD quality of care, as well as educating, supporting, and empowering patients and their caregivers through patient-centric education and advocacy programs.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease:

  • Approximately 1.6 million Americans currently live with IBD
  • One of the fastest growing populations is children under the age of 18
  • Approximately 70,000 new cases are diagnosed each year
  • There may be as many as 80,000 children living with IBD in the United States

Find a Support Group

There are hundreds of support groups for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis throughout the country. Each year, CCFA’s more than 40 local chapters hold more than 200 support groups, where patients and family members can connect to others living with these diseases.

Crohn’s and colitis support group meetings are often intimate gatherings where patients and their loved ones can share their stories, seek emotional support, find answers to their questions, and connect with a community who share their challenges.

In addition to these focused sessions, support groups often organize informal, social events like picnics and luncheons, community volunteer days, informational workshops, family outings, and attend gala events.

Find a support group near you by searching by state or ZIP code, or select your state on the map below to see a list of all Crohn’s and colitis support groups in your state. Not finding a group in your area? Contact your local CCFA chapter and apply to start a support group in your community.

GANV Sponsors CCFA

GANV is partnering with CCFA in the battle against Inflammatory Bowel Disease. We are proud sponsors of the Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk, the nation’s largest event dedicated to finding cures for digestive diseases. The Take Steps walks offers an incredible day for family, friends and the community to celebrate all of the efforts that have been put forth in raising funds towards our mission. It is a day that combines high energy and fun with access to valuable information and education.

Please join us every June for the Washington, DC Take Steps Walk and every October for the Northern Virginia Take Steps Walk.

Join the Washington DC Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s & Colitis on 10/15/2017!