Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week

by Max Andrews

I would like to ask all of you to wear purple at least once this week for Crohn’s and Colitis awareness week. As some of you know, I’ve been in a tough battle with the disease for a while now and I’ve been in chronic pain since last summer. For more on my story please see my links:

Originally blogged at My Journey With Crohns.

As a result of a federal bill introduced by Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) and Congressman Andrew Crenshaw (R-FL-4) (passed in 2011 [LINK:], Congress declared December 1-7 to be Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week to educate Americans about the diseases and encourage people to join in the effort to find a cure for IBD. This resolution was passed in thanks to some great Senators and Representatives who cosponsored it including:
·      Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS)
·      Senator Jack Reed (D-RI)
·      Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
·      Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
·      Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY)
·      Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
·      Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)
·      Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
·      Congressman Rush Holt (D-NH-12)
·      Congressman Jesse Jackson (D-IL-1)
·      Congressman Pete King (R-NY-3)
·      Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA-4)
·      Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY-14)
·      Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA-3)
·      Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA-8)
·      Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY-15)
·      Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL-12)
·      Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH-12)
·      Congressman Adam Smith (D-WA-9)
Why celebrate?
Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis impact millions of people nationwide. We don’t have to tell you how debilitating these two incurable diseases can be- the cramping, the diarrhea, the constant urgency, the food limitations, and so on.
Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week is celebrated to make people aware of these diseases and raise money to bring us close to finding a cure.
How to celebrate this year
A group of Crohn’s and Colitis bloggers are coming together to celebrate this year with a Go Purple Challenge.
From December 1-7, we are going to wear an item of purple in honor of Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week. Whether it’s a shirt, bracelet, pants, socks, nail polish- it doesn’t matter as long as it’s visible and purple!
Each day, we are going to take a picture and post it on our blogs, Facebook, & Twitter to share with our followers to show our support of the Crohn’s & Colitis Awareness Week.
We are challenging all of you to join us!
Wear purple and take a photo of it each day and post it to your blog, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag:

At the end of the week, we’ll compile all the photos on our blogs to share with everyone.

I will be sporting this Purple Scarf made for me by a sweet friend just for this week, as well as marker on a Purple heart every day to support the love and compassion for this cause!

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